U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on Wednesday accused the GOP's leading presidential candidates of playing politics with important international issues in criticizing the Obama administration's handling of Israel and Palestine.
"For those who want to play politics, they’ll play politics,” she said on ABC's Good Morning America. “But the reality is Israel has had no better partner than this administration.”
Presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Perry have recently made a point of criticizing Obama's stance on the country. The former Massachusetts governor called the president’s management of Palestine's statehood bid an “unmitigated diplomatic disaster,” and the Texas governor wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week that “errors” made by the Obama administration have hindered the Palestine-Israel peace process.
Rice criticized Perry in particular for suggesting that the U.S. should cut off funding for the Palestinian Authority if it continues to pursue statehood.
“I think Governor Perry ought to really consider the real world implications of that for Israel,” she said Wednesday. “Because the security assistance that the United States provides the Palestinian Authority benefits Israel directly and Israelis are well aware of that.”
Rice also defended the president's policy toward the Israel-Palestine conflict, saying that he has always been committed to bringing the two sides together to create “an independent Palestinian state living side by side with the Jewish state of Israel.”
She also appeared on CBS' Early Show, where she said that Palestine's bid for statehood in the UN will not succeed. The U.S. has been stressing to the Palestinians that this is an “unwise and diversionary gambit,” she said.