McCain says 'high-ranking' official like Bill Clinton should lead Middle East peace talks

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 19, 2012 05:40 hrs

American senator John McCain has criticized President Barack Obama's handling of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and called for a 'high-ranking' official to lead negotiations.

He suggested that former President Bill Clinton must be sent to the Middle East to negotiate peace.

"I would find someone even as high-ranking, frankly, as former president Bill Clinton to go and be the negotiator," CBS News quoted McCain, as saying.

"We need a person of enormous prestige and influence to have these parties sit down together as an honest broker," he added.

McCain offered his suggestion as he criticized Obama for failing to advance talks between Israel and the Palestinians during his first term.

According to the report, he said Obama has mishandled the negotiations by laying 'preconditions' on the table, including that Israel halt settlement building.

"[W]e have a lot of work to do to regain some credibility because we're crumbling all over the Middle East," McCain said.

"I'm not sure how much influence that this administration has," he added. (ANI)

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