Sunday, January 08, 2017

It Wasn't Kerry Who Said This

This, on May 22, 1989 at AIPAC, from Sec'y of State James Baker III:

The portion of the speech that seemed to upset the audience most was Mr. Baker's call for Israel to abandon ''the unrealistic vision of a greater Israel,'' and to ''forswear annexation; stop settlement activity; allow schools to reopen; reach out to the Palestinians as neighbors who deserve political rights.''
...Israel's Defense Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, who met with Mr. Baker immediately after his speech, made clear he did not think some of the Secretary of State's remarks were helpful.
''I didn't write the speech,'' Mr. Rabin said. ''Had I been the one, I would have written it in a totally different way. I would have directed the calls more toward the Palestiniains and less toward Israel.''

Earlier in his January 1989 confirmation hearings, for the record, Baker stated

We continue to believe, however, that an independent Palestinian state will not be a source of stability or contribute to a just and enduring peace. 

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