Secretary Rice’s Quote to Remember

Quote made during a roundtable with reporters, February 18, 2007 in Jerusalem:

“I’m committed to this. I’m committed to seeing what we can do to improve life for the Palestinian people, seeing what we can do to improve security for the Israeli people, seeing what we can do to realize the two states living side by side in peace and freedom. And this is the work that takes — it takes hard work, it takes patience, it takes perseverance, it takes getting up, you know, after a bad day and trying to make a better day. And that’s what I’m going to do.

“So as long as I’m Secretary of State, that’s what I’m going to do. And that’s what the President wants me to do and I think the parties want me to do it, too. And we’ll see where we go. We’ll see how far we can get. You know, we have to continue to work on the daily lives of the Palestinians and we have to continue to work on Palestinian capacity. We have to continue to work on security. But I’m not in this for — you know, to say oh, well, that’s too hard or that’s too complicated. It’s always complicated in the Middle East.”

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