Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton sat down for an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell at the U.N. Mitchell, who is not known for being Pro-Israel, asks Clinton what she thinks about Israel's announcement during Biden's visit to the region that it intends to build homes in Ramat Shlomo, a Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem where Arabs have never lived.
Mitchell has a disgusted look on her face when she tells Clinton in the form of a statement rather than a question that "It was a slap on the face to the visiting Vice-President." Mitchell then goes on to say that Israel's announcement was an "insult" and a "setback" to the Peace Process.
In the exchange below, Clinton agrees with Mitchell as her facial expression grips with discontent for the Jewish State. Clinton called Israel's announcement, apparently at the behest of President Obama himself, an "insult to the United States."
I would like to know if Hillary Rodham Clinton finds it to be an insult to the U.S. that the Palestinian Authority continues to this very day to indoctrinate its children with vicious blood libels about Jews and Israel. Does HRC have a problem with Abbas leading a Fatah organization that continues to this day to support terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens? Are not the murder of Jews an insult to the U.S.? Apparently not, since we have not heard HRC or President Obama or Joe Biden make any critical remarks about Palestinian support of terrorism.
Moreover, it is unconscionable that the Obama Administration including previous administrations believe that the building of Jewish homes threatens the viability of the peace process. Israel has every right to build homes in its sovereign territory and it should have no bearing on any issue in the peace process merely because the Palestinians lay claim to it. If Israel acted in accordance with Palestinian claims, Israel would cease to exist tomorrow.
Clinton's comments, which have been roundly criticized by the ADL, is the latest string of strained relations between the U.S. and Israel that has not been this strained since the Carter Administration.
Unfortunately, criticizing one of the foremost allies of the U.S. while making no criticism of the Palestinians sends a message to the Arab world and the international community that terrorism works and it will ultimately pay off.