The Corner

Two States

JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the

U.S. will “vigorously” pursue the creation of a Palestinian

state.

   Clinton is making her first visit to the region as secretary of

state. She spoke Tuesday alongside Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi

Livni ahead of a meeting later in the day with prime

minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu.

   Netanyahu’s criticism in the past of peace talks with the

Palestinians and the possibility of Palestinian independence has

raised concerns that his new government could clash with the U.S.

   Clinton said earlier in the day that the U.S. would work with

any Israeli government. But she says the U.S. “will be vigorously

engaged in the pursuit of a two-state solution every step of the

way.”