Susan Rice Trashes Israel During Speech To U.S. Arab Group…
But don’t worry, Obama totally loves Israel, or something.
Via Times of Israel:
The Obama administration expects a commitment to the two-state solution from the next Israeli government and from the Palestinian Authority, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said.
“President Obama has made clear that we need to take a hard look at our approach to the conflict, and that resolving it is in the national security interest of the United States,” Rice said Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Arab American Institute.
“We look to the next Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority to demonstrate — through policies and actions — a genuine commitment to a two-state solution,” she said.
Obama administration officials have said they will “reevaluate” their approach to advancing peace in the wake of comments by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the eve of his reelection last month in which he appeared to count out a two-state solution.
The administration’s perception that Netanyahu’s commitment to a two-state solution has wavered stemmed from an interview with the right-leaning NRG website the day before Israelis went to the polls. Asked if it was true that no Palestinian state would be established during his premiership if he were reelected, he answered: “Indeed.”
In the weeks after the elections, Netanyahu subsequently backtracked on his statement and specified that he remained supportive of a “sustainable, peaceful two-state solution,” but President Barack Obama and other US officials indicated that they were not convinced.
To applause, Rice went on to decry Israel’s settlement policies.
“Like every U.S. administration since 1967, we have opposed Israeli settlement activity and efforts to change facts on the ground,” she said. “It only makes it harder to negotiate peace in good faith.” More