Sunday, February 15, 2009

Famous Last Words

Secretary Rice: And on the settlements, I think we’ve made stronger statements about the Israeli settlements than at any other time in American—for an American administration. But what has to happen is that they need to determine these borders so that everybody knows what’s in Palestine, everybody knows what [is] Israel, and that’s what we’ve focused on in the negotiation.

Question: I think your predecessor, James Baker, though, actually went as far as urging Congress to freeze the loans—the housing guarantees.

Secretary Rice: Well, in fact, one of the things that has happened that seems to have been little noticed is that much of the support to the settlement movement has ceased from the Israeli government. You know that there—if you look at the support for the—there were these guarantees, loan guarantees. The Sharon government got rid of those. So in fact, some of that’s already happened.

Remarks by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Agence France-Presse, December 22, 2008

Oh, well.

It's amazing what one democratic election can do.




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