The State Department has walked back comments made last week that the Biden administration is engaged in strategic talks related to “Palestine,” the Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday.
The State Department’s spokeswoman, Jalina Porter, to whom the report referred to as “controversy-prone,” mentioned at a press briefing last week that officials were engaged in talks with Palestinian officials “surrounding Palestine” – a nonexistent state.
“Any time that we engage on issues of, surrounding Palestine they are strategic,” she said.
The report noted:
Porter’s reference to “Palestine” stunned State Department officials because it would represent a monumental shift in decades of U.S. policy regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, sources told the Washington Free Beacon. The State Department’s longstanding policy, upheld across multiple administrations, is that “Palestine”