Clinton urges 2-state solution for Israel

June 18, 2013 at 7:02 AM
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JERUSALEM, June 18 (UPI) -- The only choice for Israel to remain a Jewish and democratic nation is to work toward a two-state solution, former U.S. President Bill Clinton said.

Clinton was in Israel to attend celebrations marking the 90th birthday of Israeli President Shimon Peres.

"You have to cobble together some kind of theory of a two-state solution, and the longer you let this go, just because of sheer demographics, the tougher it's going to get. I don't see any alternative to a Palestinian state," the former U.S. President said in a speech before the Peres Academic Center in Rehovot Monday night.

Clinton said he would donate the $500,000 payment received for his lecture to the Center to fund scholarships for students studying there, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The event marked the start of three days of celebrations to honor Peres.

Earlier in the day, Peres met with U.S. singer-actress Barbra Streisand at his Jerusalem residence along with 21 children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses in an event organized by the Make-a-Wish foundation.

Celebrations were to peak Tuesday night with world dignitaries and Hollywood stars, Nobel Prize winners, business moguls from Israel and abroad and Israeli government officials gathering at Jerusalem's International Convention Center.

At Peres' request, Streisand will sing the Jewish prayer "Avinu Malkeinu" ("Our Father, Our King) in Hebrew, said.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Albert of Monaco and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are among those scheduled to attend along with Hollywood stars Robert DeNiro and Sharon Stone.

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