Clinton Talks About Peace Summit
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ President Clinton said Sunday that for Israelis and Palestinians alike the inconclusive Camp David peace summit was like having a tooth drilled without anesthesia.
Clinton, for the most part, put partisan politics aside during a speech to members of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, a Jewish lobbying organization. The president is in Los Angeles for the Democratic National Convention, where he’s a featured speaker Monday night.
He said he understood why both sides left the most difficult issues for last in their gradual pursuit of peace.
``It’s kind of like going to the dentist without anybody to deaden your gums,″ Clinton said.
He added that he remains disappointed by the failure to get a peace deal during last month’s round-the-clock negotiations.
``I don’t want to sugarcoat it. I wanted an agreement and we didn’t get one, but I can tell you we made a lot of progress,″ he said.
One major stumbling block was the fate of Jerusalem, as Clinton acknowledged to the crowd at an outdoor party held at a Hollywood movie lot.
``It is a holy city, but it has caused a hellish lot of problems,″ Clinton said.
He promised to keep working at it through the remaining six months of his term.
``In the meantime we will continue to stand with Israel, as we have throughout my tenure,″ Clinton said to loud applause.