Hillary Rodham Clinton said: if she could turn back time, she would skip that trip to the Middle East where she kissed Yasser Arafat's wife.

Hillary Rodham Clinton said that if she could turn back time, she would skip that trip to the Middle East where she kissed Yasser Arafat's wife. The first lady was asked at a forum sponsored by The Jewish Week newspaper whether she would do anything differently or had learned any lessons from the meeting last fall with Soha Arafat. "I wouldn't have gone. That's the first thing," she said. "I was obviously there as a representative of the U.S. government and abided by the appropriate diplomatic protocol. ... It led to a misimpression about my strong feelings and support for Israel." Clinton has justified the kiss - which came after Mrs. Arafat accused the Israelis of using poison gas against Palestinian children - as a social grace required by her position as first lady. Clinton later condemned Mrs. Arafat's remarks, but some Jews felt she should have skipped the kiss and spoken out sooner. "I want people to know as the senator from New York, I would look out for and defend the interests of New Yorkers and I would never be in a situation like that,"- Clinton said, AP reports.