On the Obama Administration's approach to the Middle East at the United Nations: "Just as we have been doing for two and a half years, beating back counterproductive anti-Israel efforts of various flavors in New York and in Geneva, we've been seeing this one coming for quite a while and working to try to avoid it, not only because this is consistent with our overall approach to defend Israel's right to defend itself, but because it is counterproductive."
She explained: "This is about shortcutting a process for which there
are no shortcuts. At the end of the day, there's
only one way to create two states for two peoples, and that
is negotiations To have a drama that changes very
little in the world vis-a-vis the actual conflict, and then
to expect that while one party is taking this great victory
lap the other party is going to run to the negotiating
table, is not necessarily realistic."
On what might happen after a vote: "I'm worried that the Palestinian people, after the parties are over, will wake up and realize that nothing has changed. In a fragile economy, with the Palestinian Authority calling people to the streets to protest, in the context of what's happening in the region, this is pretty volatile. We should not assume that when people, having had their hopes raised, see that not much has happened, it will just be shrugged off. Where this leads I can't predict."
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