WASHINGTON — Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, buttered up the thousands of American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference delegates here Monday evening with Hebrew phrases and warm anecdotes about her visits to Israel.
Then she brought on the tough talk, telling AIPAC delegates that their lobbying activities threaten to blow up ongoing negotiations to limit Iran’s nuclear program.
“We cannot let an unachievable ideal stand in the way of a good deal,” Rice said.
“Ad hominem attacks should have no place in our discourse,” AIPAC spokesman Marshall Wittmann said.
Rice has had to deliver tough love to Israel supporters before. Israelis and their allies were upset in 2013, when she attributed a faltering of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations to continued Israeli settlement construction in areas Palestinians would want as a part of their would-be state.