US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated in an interview broadcast on Sunday that it remains American policy to view the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria as “illegitimate” and an obstacle to peace.
“It’s been American policy for many years that settlements were illegitimate,” Clinton told ABC News.
Clinton’s remarks were taped on Friday, just hours before the US vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have officially condemned Jewish building in Judea and Samaria as illegal.
The Obama Administration has since sought to clarify that the vote was absolutely not an endorsement of the Jews’ right to dwell in their biblical heartland, and the broadcast of this interview appears to be part of that clarification effort.
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