Rice’s Words Unambiguous: Two States Should be America’s Legacy

Secretary of State Rice took center stage last night at the American Task Force on Palestine’s Inaugural Gala.  Gala attendees listened intently, particularly since she had just returned from being “on the ground” in the region last week.  She started by reiterating President Bush’s commitment to bringing about two states, and described his vision of a better future for the Palestinian people: “A life that is rooted in liberty and democracy, uncompromised by violence and terrorism, unburdened by corruption and misrule, and forever free of the daily humiliation of occupation.” 

For the most part, Secretary Rice returned to the themes that she has referred to on this issue throughout her tenure as Secretary of State.  She said that the State Department is still working to craft a temporary mechanism through which aid assistance will be channeled to the Palestinian people, that the U.S. is still cooperating with the Israelis to allow the Palestinians more freedom to travel, and that General Keith Dayton is still leading the efforts to reform the Palestinian security services to bring about greater stability.

Yet Secretary Rice’s conclusion should be noted and repeated until the U.S. has expended all of its energy working to bring about two states.  She said, “I can only tell you that I, too, have a personal commitment to that goal because I believe that there could be no greater legacy for America than to help to bring into being a Palestinian state for a people who have suffered too long, who have been humiliated too long, who have not reached their potential for too long, and who have so much to give to the international community and to all of us. I promise you my personal commitment to that goal.”

For Secretary Rice’s full speech, please click here.

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