US Department of State daily press briefing – Collapse of Mideast peace talks/Non-UN document (excerpts)

Marie Harf

Deputy Spokesperson
Daily Press Briefing

Washington, DC

May 2, 2014


  • Criticism of Administration's Foreign Policy…Middle East Peace  



12:21 p.m. EDT


QUESTION: How can you answer the critics that the U.S. Administration foreign policy is failing everywhere – in the Middle East, in Ukraine, in Syria, peace process, as I said? How can you answer these critics?

MS. HARF: Well, it’s not breaking news that we face a lot of challenges around the world, but I would point out a few data-points here.


On Middle East peace, look, this is a decades long – if every Administration’s foreign policy was called a failure because of Middle East peace, then I think all of – decades and decades and decades, we would be having the same conversation. The reason that the Secretary’s been so engaged is because we need to get this done and it’s important. Even though it’s hard doesn’t mean we should try. The alternative is not to try, which is not how this Administration works.


Document symbol: USDOS_DBP #79
Document Type: Briefing, Press briefing, Transcript
Country: Israel, United States of America
Subject: Governance, Peace process, Prisoners and detainees, Settlements
Publication Date: 02/05/2014

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