Hillary Clinton continues to undermine Israel's existenceThis is from a transcript of Hillary Clinton's remarks to employees of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv and the US Consulate in Jerusalem (almost definitely the one in 'east' Jerusalem - not clear to me whether employees in the 'west' Jerusalem consulate were invited) at the US Consulate in Jerusalem on Monday.
But mostly I wanted to say thank you to all of you for the work that you do every single day here in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv supporting the extraordinarily important ties between the United States and Israel, working with the Palestinian Authority on so many of the issues that are critically important, assisting a huge number of Americans who visit this area, and of course, continuing our commitment as we seek to support a lasting peace. You are working at the forefront of one of our most important and challenging diplomatic efforts. Here in the Consulate General you are assisting with development and security, helping to build the infrastructure for a future Palestinian state. In the Embassy you’re sustaining one of our most important alliances, building the people-to-people connections that are so important to our relationship.Two quick comments. Forget for a minute that Congress has long since determined that the US Embassy to Israel ought to be in Jerusalem and that this administration has gone further than any other in dropping even the pretense of complying with that mandate: Isn't it normal for countries with diplomatic relations to have consulates in cities other than the capital city? Given Clinton's remarks I'm amazed they even let anyone from the 'Israeli side' of Jerusalem (or from Judea or Samaria or other places in the 'Jerusalem corridor') receive consular services in 'east' Jerusalem. And for those who didn't know it, the 'west' Jerusalem consulate is a farce that does not provide any consular services.
Perhaps more importantly, is there anyplace else in the world where allies have consular offices in another country (and the US is not the only country with an 'east' Jerusalem consulate) whose raison d'etre is to undermine the very existence of the host country?