Sec State Says Israel Insulted The United States

This is pretty serious: Following Israel’s astonishing announcement — issued just as our Vice President arrived in their country — that they would increase building settlements after the US asked them to hold off, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made it clear that the United States sees this as an extremely serious action. Clinton says Israel announcement ‘insulting to the United States’

“It was insulting,” Clinton told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell in an interview airing today. “And it was insulting not just to the vice president, who certainly didn’t deserve that. He was there with a very clear message of commitment to the peace process solidarity with the Israeli people. But it was an insult to the United States.”

An action like this by any other country would lead to some degree of breaking off of relations, and certainly a cut or elimination of financial and military support. The arrogance and assumption of impunity reflected by Israel’s action is almost unprecedented.