This is an excerpt from a Cal Thomas article where he commented on his interview with Condoleeza Rice, Secretary of State:
Rice and I disagreed on the issue of a Palestinian state. I think the Palestinians want the state to obliterate Israel, the proof being the five wars fought by Arab states, terrorism and the continuing anti-Israel rhetoric from mosques and media throughout the region. According to Rice, “The great majority of the (Palestinian) people just want a better life. I just don’t believe mothers want their children to grow up to be suicide bombers. I think mothers want their children to grow up to go to university. And if you can create the right conditions, that’s what people are going to do.”
I asked if she just thinks this, or does she know it?
“I think I know it,” she said.
“Do you think you know it because you want to believe it, or do you think you know it because of conversations with (them)?”
Rice admits to having had “lots of conversations with Palestinians,” but then added: “If human beings don’t want a better future, don’t want their children to grow up in peace and have opportunities, then none of this is going to work anyway.”