The anti-Israel Barack Obama, who has strengthened America's defense and intelligence ties with Israel (despite secretly hating it, as many Republican will tell you), also appointed the secretly Israel-hating Susan Rice as American ambassador to the United Nations, where she spends much of her time vigorously defending Israel (go figure). Just like yours truly, she sees the Palestinian gambit at the United Nations as worse than useless. Late last week I spoke with Rice about the upcoming battle at the UN over Palestinian statehood. Here are some of her comments:
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."