A reporter asked National Security Advisor John Bolton if it is “productive” for him to speak about the so-called state of “Palestine.”
REPORTER: You just addressed Palestine and said it is a “so-called state.” Is that language productive…
BOLTON: It’s accurate. It is not a state. It does not meet the customary international law test of statehood. It doesn’t control defined boundaries. It doesn’t fulfill the normal functions of government. Calling it the so-called “State of Palestine” defines exactly what it has been — a position that the United States government has pursued uniformly across Democratic and Republican administrations, because it’s not a state.