"When we left the city and visited Jericho, in the West Bank, I got my first glimpse of life under occupation for Palestinians, who were denied the dignity and self-determination that Americans take for granted.”
That quote from Hillary Clinton's new book Hard Choices spurred a debate on Monday's Crossfire when co-host S.E. Cupp asked if the former Secretary of State should follow in the footsteps of NJ Governor Christie who apologized for calling the West Bank "occupied territories."
The debate began when S.E. Cupp challenged Tracy Sefl, who is from the super PAC Ready for Hillary, by reading the quote and asking:
Cupp: Does she owe Israel an apology for using the same language that Chris Christie used and then had to apologize to pro-Israel voters and pro-Israel groups?
Sefl: Hillary Clinton is going to stand by the words in her book. She is not going to apologize for something she need not apologize for. She will be making that point as she, herself, should.
Cupp: So then you think that she believes the Palestinian territory is occupied? She's not going to apologize for that, and she asserted that on purpose?
Sefl: I'm sure that when we all actually read the book and listen to her give these interviews, her words will stand for themselves.
Guest Tim Miller, executive director of the conservative America Rising PAC, weighed in, saying, "She said it twice the book."
Cupp: Yeah, she said it, but I'll take your word for it that she's unapologetic.
Liberal Co-host Paul Begala, who was one of Bill Clinton's campaign leaders, pushed in with, "I'm unapologetically pro-Israel and Hillary is very, very strong on this. If that's the tree you want to bark up, I wish you luck."