A few hours after criticizing Israel for proposed new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Israelis lacked generosity and empathy towards the Palestinians.
Speaking at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy on Friday (which is sponsored by the Brookings Institution), Hillary said:
I’m not making excuses for the missed opportunities of the Israelis, or their lack of generosity, the lack of empathy that I think goes hand in hand with suspicion. So, yes, there is more that the Israelis need to do to demonstrate that they do understand the pain of an oppressed people in their minds.
Oh, I see. If only Israelis had generosity and empathy towards the Palestinians they wouldn’t be naming streets, schools and soccer fields after suicide bombers.
There are plenty of Israelis who are not only generous and emphatic towards the Palestinians but are downright sympathetic. The same cannot be said of the Palestinians. If a Palestinian is perceived as having generosity or empathy towards Israel, he is viewed as a “collaborator” and is executed.
I also seem to remember that Israel offered the Palestinians the West Bank and East Jerusalem at Camp David only to have Yasser Arafat walk away. That happened under Bill Clinton’s watch by the way. I guess Hillary was too busy campaigning for the Jewish vote in New York to notice.