Clinton Reaffirms U.S.-Israel Alliance

Defusing tensions between the U.S. and Israeli governments, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday said that the U.S. commitment to Israel's security and future is "rock solid," and that the U.S.-backed comprehensive peace in the Middle East is the "best way" for Israel's enduring survival. "Our commitment to Israel's security and Israel's future is rock solid," Clinton told an annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the most influential bi-partisan pro-Israel lobby in the United States. "Guaranteeing Israel's security is more than a policy position for me. It is a personal commitment that will never waver," said the state secretary before some 7,500 pro-Israel activists. Reaffirming the U.S.-Israel alliance, backing sanctions on Iran and supporting Israel's security are highlighted at the conference, held by the AIPAC lobby, which has worked tirelessly for decades on ensuring U.S. strong support to Israel.