Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived yesterday for a two-day visit in Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), after participating yesterday in a conference for rehabilitating Gaza, which took place in Egypt.

Today, she is expected to meet, among others, with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipora Livni, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and, finally, the Prime Minister-Designate Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mrs. Clinton will clarify the positions of the new administration on three main issues: negotiations with the Palestinians, Iran and Syria.

During the course of the visit, Mrs. Clinton will stay at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, where two floors have been sealed off with 130 rooms that will serve her and her entourage. This will be the third time that she is staying at a suite in the hotel. On the previous occasions, she stayed there with her husband, former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

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Mrs. Clinton started her Middle East visit at the Gaza rehabilitation conference, held at Sharm el-Sheik with the participation of kings, presidents, prime ministers and 45 foreign ministers from around the world.

The sponsors hope to raise more than $10 billion for the immediate rehabilitation of Gaza and for developing economic projects in the West Bank. The largest donation of $1 billion is expected to arrive from the palace of the Saudi king. The six oil emirates in the Persian Gulf have committed to donate $1.25 billion collectively. Mrs. Clinton announced a $900 million contribution from the U.S., and the European Union announced a donation of $554 million, in addition to tens of millions that have already been transferred to Gaza.

Spokespersons of Mrs. Clinton and the European Union would not answer The Bulletin’s questions about why they contributed funds to the Gaza regime, which is under the total control of a terrorist organization that openly applies all financial donations to build its terrorist prowess.

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.