Gaza Strikes Push Clinton, Obama to Mend Fences

World waiting to see how former rivals react to latest crisis
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2008 2:29 PM CST
The Israeli attacks presented Barack Obama, America's next president, and Hillary Clinton, his incoming secretary of state, with their first serious foreign policy test.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton criticized Barack Obama’s world affairs know-how in the primaries, but now the two are poised to join forces on their first foreign policy test, Tony Allen-Mills writes in the Times of London. Israel’s air offensive in Gaza undid months of negotiations to kick-start a peace process, forcing Obama to start from square one—and Clinton to likely pick up negotiations where her husband left off.

Arab nations approve of the president-elect, even though he’s pro-Israel. Leaders are less sure of Hillary Clinton, who as first lady sympathized with Palestinian refugees but became more hawkish after becoming New York’s junior senator. So far, neither she nor Obama is taking a public stand. Like most of the world, they are reduced to "watching images of Palestinian destruction play out on television."