Bill Clinton: Peace Maker of the Middle East

Bill Clinton during his entire presidency was active in pursuing peace in the Middle East.

November 14, 2005

Bill Clinton at the gravesite of Yitzhak Rabin

President Clinton, with Shimon Peres in the background, pays respect for the warrior of peace, Yitzhak Rabin. Bill Clinton and Shimon Peres are commemorating the 10th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin's assasination.

November 12, 2005

Bill, Hillary & Chelsie Clinton, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin's two children in Tel Aviv

Yitzhak Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, some 200,000 Israelis gather on a Saturday night in to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin's assasination. President Clinton still feels that there is work to do to bring a comprehensive peace to the Middle East.

September 21, 2003

Bill Clinton sings with 40 Arab & 40 Jewish Children

On Shimon Peres' 80th birthday party in Tel Aviv, fourteen year old Liel sang "Imagine" with Bill Clinton and 80 children as the backround vocals. Mikhail Gorbachev, former South African president F.W. de Klerk and current Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon joined the festivities.

Video of Bill, Liel and the 80 children singing "Imagine"

July 21, 2003

Bill Clinton, after his presidency is over, is shown to be a staunch ally of Israel

"The Israelis know that if the Iraqi or the Iranian army came across the Jordan River, I would personally grab a rifle, get in a ditch, and fight and die."
- Former US President Bill Clinton, July 31, 2002

Bill Clinton standing next to Shimon Peres on the night of Peres' 80th birthday party.

Israel, the Palestinians, the U.S. and Iraq are all involved in conflict. Former President Bill Clinton is still trying to build the foundation and trust for a long lasting Middle East peace.

July 24, 2000

Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat

The July, 2000 Camp David summit concludes with a nice photo shoot.
After the close of the meeting, Barak said: "Israel was ready to reach agreement at a painful price but not at any price."

Chairman Arafat made no major statement before leaving the United States.

July 18, 2000

President Clinton and the boys taking a walk

Camp David is a beautiful estate and the guys were just enjoying the fresh air before they got back to the boiler room to negotiate more.

July 15, 2000

Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat

Apparently, a picture says a thousand words. Ehud Barak is shoving Chairman Arafat into the room with Bill Clinton's glowing approval. Regardless, peace did not ensue from this Camp David summit.
Beter luck next time.

July 12, 2000

Bill Clinton with Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat

Camp David Peace Summit between July 11th-24th, 2000.
Expectations were high but uncertain. President Clinton was hoping for a miracle.

June 01, 2000

President Clinton meets Ehud Barak in Portugal

Bill Clinton met with Israeli Prime Minister for two hours in Lisbon, Portugal. Even when touring through Europe, President Clinton was trying to make the peace a reality.

"It is within view," Clinton said of a possible final peace deal. "They could do it, and I believe that they will."

March 27, 2000

Bill Clinton and President Assad of Syria

GENEVA - President Bill Clinton and Syrian President Hafez Assad failed during three hours of face-to-face negotiations to nail down an agreement to restart negotiations between Israel and Syria for a landmark peace treaty.

This handshake between Bill Clinton and Syian President Hafez Assad may be the high-water mark of U.S. - Syria relations over the last 40 years.

September 23, 1999

Chairman Arafat & Bill Clinton

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat shakes hands with President Clinton during a session before photographers prior to their closed-door meeting at the White House.

February 08, 1999

Bill Clinton at King Hussein's Funeral

King Hussein of Jordan, the Peacemaker, died and President Clinton lead a contingent of three former US presidents to pay the final respects at his funeral. Seated next to President Clinton is President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen and Chairman Yasser Arafat.

October 23, 1998

The Wye River Accords - Bill gets another Agreement

President Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Chairman Arafat met in Wye River, Maryland for one week and finally hammered out an aggreement that was witnessed by King Hussein on September 23, 1999.

"This agreement is good for Israel's security. The commitments made by the Palestinians were very strong, as strong as any we have ever seen," President Clinton said at a White House signing ceremony.
"This agreement is good for the political and economic well-being of Palestinians. It significantly expands areas under Palestinian authority to some 40 percent of the West Bank. It also offers the Palestinian people new economic opportunities," Presdident Clinton concludes.

October 22, 1998

President Clinton is leading the negotiations

President Clinton leads trilateral discussion at Wye River Conference Center. The subject of Middle East peace is dear to Bill Clinton and every effort was made to make a comprehensive agreement.

October 15, 1998

Bill, Benjamin and Yasser start a week of talks

Photo of President Clinton announcing the start of the Mideast peace talks with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, and Secretary of State Albright and Vice President Gore in the background. The talks were at Wye River, Maryland.

October 02, 1996

President Clinton, Chairman Arafat, King Hussein & Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

After a flair up in violence in the Middle East, President Clinton called the players to the White House for an emergency two day session. King Hussein of Jordan is shaking hands with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Chairman Arafat will be next in line to do the handshaking.

April 30, 1996

Giants in the Quest for Peace.

Bill Clinton and Shimon Peres.
"I feel myself very lucky to see a person like [Clinton] standing ahead and trying to lead the whole world to peace ... for everybody."

-- Shimon Peres
April 26, 1996 Washington, D.C.

March 13, 1996

Summit of the Peacemakers in Sharm el-Sheikh

At the Summit of the Peacemakers. Left to right: Turkish President Suleiman Demirel, King Hussein of Jordan, Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, US President Bill Clinton, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Russian President Boris Yeltsin and PNA President Yasser Arafat, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, March 13, 1996.

November 06, 1995

Bill Clinton gives famous speech at Yitzhak Rabin's funeral

The featured eulogy at the funeral after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin was none other than Bill Clinton. President Clinton's speech recalled that he and Yitzhak Rabin were together just two weeks previous. As well, the "Peacemakers" met at the White House four weeks beforehand. President Clinton was deeply involved in the lives of the Middle East leaders and felt a strong desire to finish the job.

September 28, 1995

President Clinton invites the boys to Washington

Bill Clinton stands with King Hussein of Jordan, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on September 28th, 1995. Clinton worked tirelessly with Mideast leaders in hopes of establishing a lasting peace accord. Yitzhak Rabin was assasinated less than 40 days later.

The Guys Want to Look Good for the Camera

Chairman Arafat is making sure that the leaders of Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the U.S. are well dressed for there upcoming photo shoot. This picture was taken in the White House on September 28th, 1995.

October 26, 1994

Bill Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin & King Hussein

On October, 26, 1994 Jordan and Israel signed an historic peace treaty in a ceremony held in the Arava valley of Israel, north of Eilat and near the Jordanian border. Prime Minister Rabin and King Hussein of Jordan shook hands with Bill Clinton applauding.

An excerpt from the President's remarks at the ceremony:
"...At the dawn of this peace of a generation, in this ancient place we celebrate the history and the faith of Jordanians and Israelis. But we break the chains of the past that for too long have kept you shackled in the shadows of strife and suffering. We thank those who have worked for peace before. We celebrate the efforts of brave leaders who saw the bright horizon of this dawn, even while the darkness lingered."

The historic signing ceremony: Israel & Jordan

American Leadership In the World -Reinvigorating the Mideast Peace Process

"From the outset, America's commitment to comprehensive peace in the Middle East has been backed by a strong pledge that whenever Arabs and Israelis turn the page on the past, the United States would work with them to write a real, practical future of hope. Those who take risks for peace must not stand alone."
-- President Clinton October 26, 1994

October 25, 1994

President Bill Clinton, Arafat and Mubarak

President Clinton embarked on an historic journey to Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Israel, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia

Starting his trip in Cairo, Egypt, President Clinton met with Egyptian President Mubarak and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat. Their discussion focused on implementing the Declaration of Principles between the PLO and Israel.

September 13, 1993

Bill Clinton and the historic handshake

Prime Minister Rabin and Chairman Arafat shake hands before a chearing crowd on the White House lawn.

"The peace of the brave is within our reach"
President Clinton

Mr Rabin then addressed the crowd: "We who have fought against you the Palestinians, we say to you today in a loud and clear voice, enough of blood and tears, enough."

Mr Arafat said: "The difficult decision we reached together was one that required great courage."

Bill Clinton, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat

President Clinton and his two friends having a stroll accross the White House lawn.