Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy this past Friday. She started out by praising Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Then she said something that showed complete lack of understanding of the nation and people of Israel. Clinton said:
“I’m not making excuses for the missed opportunities of the Israelis, or the lack of generosity, the lack of empathy that I think goes hand-in-hand with the suspicion.”
“So, yes, there is more that the Israelis need to do to really demonstrate that they do understand the pain of an oppressed people in their minds, and they want to figure out, within the bounds of security and a Jewish democratic state, what can be accomplished.”
After her callous and thoughtless statements concerning Israel’s stand on the Palestinians, she attack their plan on constructing around 3,000 housing units on the West Bank and in east Jerusalem. Obviously she didn’t care that Israel had won that land with the blood of their people when she said:
“In light of today’s announcement, let me reiterate that this administration — like previous administrations — has been very clear with Israel that these activities set back the cause of a negotiated peace.”
I’m not Jewish, but I feel insulted by her statements. Does Clinton not know anything about the history of Israel? Does she not know that they fought long and hard to become a nation. Does she not understand that every nation that surrounds Israel has not only threatened to annihilate the Jewish people, but most of them have promised to do so? Does she not understand that the 6 Day War was not started by Israel, but the small nation did end it with a decisive victory over their enemies? Does she not understand how important the city of Jerusalem is to the Jewish people?
Obviously, Clinton has no concept of what the Israeli people have endured when she said they lacked generosity and empathy for the Palestinians who continually vow to wipe the Jewish people off the face of the earth. In lieu of her ignorant and thoughtless comments, I’m glad that Clinton is resigning from her position as Secretary of State. I only hope and pray that whoever Obama appoints to take her place will have a little bit more knowledge and understanding of Israeli history, but with Obama’s Muslim affinity, I doubt the next Secretary of State will be any better.