QUESTION: …here you are with the Middle East just beginning to approach negotiations and Israel announces an expansion of settlements. It was really a slap in the face to the visiting Vice President.
SECRETARY CLINTON: It was, Andrea. And– I’ve expressed that directly to the prime minister. It was– not just an unfortunate incident of timing but the substance was– something that– is not needed as we are attempting to move toward– the resumption of negotiation. And the United States is a strong supporter of the security of Israel. Always have been, always will be.
We share common values and there is so much that– Israel represents that we support. But we believe in the two state solution. The prime minister has said he believes in it. And we wanna see confidence building measures and actions that will– result in the resumption of negotiations and then a move toward the resolution on the final status issues.
QUESTION: But this is a setback and insulting.
SECRETARY CLINTON: It was insulting. And– it was insulting not just to the vice president, who– certainly didn’t deserve that. He was there with a very clear message of– commitment to the peace process solidarity with– the Israeli people. But it was an insult to the United States.