US Envoy: Congress will punish UN if it recognizes Palestine (UPDATED)

A little-noticed quote from Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, reveals the depth of the United States’ commitment to Jerusalem’s demands and more importantly, the enormous effect the Israeli lobby has on American foreign policy.

H/t to The Progressive Realist for picking up this one (my bold):

Discussing the possibility that a resolution recognizing a Palestinian state could pass the General Assembly in September, she [Rice] said, “And this would be exceedingly politically damaging in our domestic context, as you can well imagine. And I cannot frankly think of a greater threat to our ability to maintain financial and political support for the United Nations in congress than such an outcome.”

One should never tire of repeating this: Without America’s support for it, there would have been no occupation.

UPDATE: I guess someone in the State Department didn’t like these remarks. The video with ambassador’s Rice comments was removed from YouYube, but a spekesperson for the ambassador didn’t deny the above quote, and only said that “These were informal remarks in a domestic setting.”

(via Ali Gharib)