Hillary Clinton criticizes Israel for ‘lack of empathy’ with Palestinians

A day after criticizing as “unfortunate and counterproductive” a vote by the United Nations General Assembly to recognize Palestine as a nonmember observer state, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a candid keynote address at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in which she criticized Israel for a lack of empathy.

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Clinton also urged Israel to take the moral high ground in its dealings with Palestinians.

Clinton’s unusually critical remarks struck a chord with observers.

Update:

Here’s the key bit from the State Department transcript of Clinton’s speech:

So, look, I’m not making excuses for the missed opportunities of the Israelis, or the lack of generosity, the lack of empathy that I think goes hand-in-hand with the suspicion. So, yes, there is more that the Israelis need to do to really demonstrate that they do understand the pain of an oppressed people in their minds, and they want to figure out, within the bounds of security and a Jewish democratic state, what can be accomplished.

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