Binyamin Jolkovsky of Jewish World Review and reader William Katz alert us to Cal Thomas’s October 25 interview with Secretary Rice, an excerpt of which Binyamin has posted exclusively here. Thomas follows up on Secretary Rice’s keynote address at the American Task Force on Palestine inaugural gala.
I commented on the speech here; Joel Mowbray devoted his excellent column in Friday’s Washington Times to the speech. In the speech Secretary Rice likened the “dream” of a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel to the founding of the United States and to the American civil rights movement.
Thomas asks Secretary Rice what evidence she has that the denizens of such an independent state would give up the dream that actually seems to drive them — the dream of eliminating Israel:
SECRETARY RICE: Well, you can look at any opinion poll in the Palestinian territories and 70 percent of the people will say they’re perfectly ready to live side by side with Israel because they just want to live in peace. And when it comes right down to it, yeah, there are plenty of extremists in the Palestinian territories who are not going to be easily dealt with. They have to be dealt with