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.


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.


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.

  • BeeKaaay

    Shrillary sides with the Nazi party….AGAIN.

    • HoeCheMinengitis

      Nobody should be surprised by that as democrats/liberals/marxists are ideological brethren with the N A Z I party. The N A Z I party is short for the National SOCIALIST Workers Party of Germany. A few of the poisonous philosophies the democrats share with the N A Z I’s include anti-semitism/anti-Zionism, eugenics and class warfare. Left wing totalitarians, own your weak legacy of racism and fascism because your the new n a z i party.

  • http://twitter.com/KALKAM71 KALKAM

    She is balancing the Jewish vote with the Arab vote…and the large base of anti-Semitic progressive Nazis the DNC now counts on.

    Maybe Bill can remind her how the negotiations went with Arafat…they will never sign for peace…they never will.

    • TundraThunder

      She’s doing what a lib does best . . . (your answer here).

  • http://treeofmamre.wordpress.com/ John Scotus

    Odd. Israel is not targeting Palestinian civilians, but both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas have made it their policy to do just that. Seems like Israel has plenty of empathy, and the Palestinians none.

    • Jim Cooper

      Empathy? I hope Israel writes that on a bomb next time they have to defend themselves from terrorist rockets!

  • KansasGirl

    I have no suspicions about palestinians…I can’t say the same about Hitlery.

  • ceemack

    Israel lacks empathy for the Palestinians? Yeah. I also hear the Poles lacked empathy for the Nazis back in late ’39.

    Seriously, did this woman sustain a severe head injury somewhere along the way?

    And what’s this about having a state “older than I am” if they’d made the right decisions back in ’67? What’s up Hillary, sweetie…are you 45 AGAIN???

    • Pendog

      They serve liquor at these functions.

      • Vennoye

        Yes, and these days, all her pictures show her guzzling down something!! Blah, Blah, Blah………………….

  • Burt Zerker

    Well you have to remember what 0bama said: “We’re not fighting terrorists, we’re fighting people who engage in terrorism”. That mush-mouthed, relativism and equivocation is his world view. He ‘understands’ how the terrorists feel. Lobbing rockets onto Israeli civilians, is ‘understandable’ too.

    Israel will never get a fair shake from an 0bama administration.

  • AlmaAlma

    I agree with Hilary. I would have sympathy for a people who want to kill me and not just get on with their own lives.

    • SpinMeNot

      Then you are a nut job. Thank you for establishing that.

  • CombatDiver

    Bet Hitlery is out buying another pant suit to hide those legendary canckles.

  • Hiraghm

    Next week; Hillary Clinton decries the lack of empathy on the part of Russian soldiers toward Nazis during WWII…

  • Paul C.

    Sounds to me like she is still the mouth piece for the Muslim brother hood and Obummer.

  • Seewetoldu

    I wish Hillary would” occupy the moral high ground”. And answer questions about Libya. That is a place the Democrats have never been to…and seems never cared to.

  • HannahJK

    Trying to play both sides will just engender resentment and hate by both. It just sets us up as being untrustworthy. These aren’t black and white issues UNTIL you have to take a stand.

  • israelp

    Sounds like an outstanding speech. She finally tells us what she thinks. We should never have had illusions.

  • TexasMeow

    Israel already occupies the moral high ground. Maybe Hillary needs to reassess her own morals, they are the ones that seem to be warped. Especially in the last four years.

    • freeinaz

      She would have needed morals to begin with for them to be assessed. Don’t forget, she’s married to Slick Willie.

  • PrincessofSnark

    Hey, Hillary. Go live near Gaza for a while. After the third or fourth air raid siren you might be more “empathetic” with the Israelis than the Hamas Palestinians. It’s easy to sit back from afar and judge what others should be feeling.

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    I think the Israelis don’t owe Palestine anything.

    • freeinaz

      I disagree. Israel owes them a whole bunch of rockets and should start sending them back to them. Light the fuses Israel and send them their early Christmas presents!!!

      • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

        Touche! You’re right.

  • $23629333

    With an attitude like hers, Hillary Clinton shouldn’t expect the support of more than 70% of Jewish voters in 2016, should she be the Democrat standard-bearer.

  • seal76

    Hillary and Bill should just go away. They are both as corrupt and vile as the day is long. Let’s not forget “Whitewater” , Monica, Vince Foster, The misappropriated FBI files and the rest.

  • A Willful Boy

    Can we stop pretending Nazism on on the right yet?

  • sgtflapjaw

    Doesn’t she uh……drink alot? She seems to be an international barfly.

  • Guest

    Oh yeah right Hillary. You mean the same empathy that’s overflowing from you and the administration for the families of the U.S. citizens that were murdered in Benghazi? Pot must have been legalized in DC too. Because she sure acts like she’s been smoking something!

  • gracepmc

    So, look, I’m not making excuses for the missed opportunities of myself and this President , or the lack of generosity, the lack of empathy that I think
    goes hand-in-hand with the suspicion that we are covering up a huge debacle that resulted in the murder of 4 Americans under my watch. That is what HC should have said. She is a disgrace and should have resigned or been asked to resign on 9/11/2012. The fact that she is globally bar hopping and sharing her sympathies with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Palestinians is pathetic.

  • freeinaz

    Who isn’t glad she is leaving? Hopefully, this will come back to haunt her if she runs in 2016. The only problem the treasonous media will make it sound as though she was the second coming; next to Obama of course.

  • lana ward

    She’s never been on Israels’ side. She’s a big communist phony. These traitors are everywhere!!

  • DANEgerus

    Stiff necked Jews won’t die on schedule?

  • J.Milliscone

    There is no reason for us to be over there. Isreal is a welfare nation of the highest degree and we should cut the funding immediately