On Wednesday, at an annual gala of the American Taskforce for Palestine in Washington D.C., United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said that Israelis and Palestinians have not abandoned peace negotiations and a two-state solution is still possible.’We remain convinced that if they persevere with negotiations, the parties can agree on an outcome that ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps,’ she claimed.

Clinton added that the Obama administration will not turn its back on either the people of Palestine or the people of Israel. ‘We will continue working for, and God willing, achieve peace,’ she said.

The Gaza strip was also mentioned by Clinton. ‘Our goal is to support sustainable economic growth in Gaza, and it’s a little-known fact that the Palestinian Authority is the principal financial supporter of Gaza. She said that the increase in economic activity in the West Bank is not only good for those who live in the West Bank, but also for those who live in Gaza.

Referring to settlement building in the West Bank, Clinton said that the U.S. position on settlements ‘is well known and has not changed.’