Condoleezza Rice landed in Israel over the weekend, for her 25th visit to the Jewish state. The former secretary of state was in town with the consulting firm she heads, speaking at a security technology conference sponsored by Motorola Solutions on Sunday.
In the address, Rice spoke about the days following 9/11, which she said created between the US and Israel “a common cause in the fight against people who would seek political gain by attacking civilians, parents and children.”
She said the attack garnered a need for tighter security without infringing on the daily lives of American citizens, a trait the Jewish state had significant experience with.
“We realized that Israel, our good friend, was very advanced in this area,” Rice said. “Security has been a concern of Israel’s since the day it was born.”
Prior to the speech, Rice attended a dinner at the home of the US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro. She was accompanied by former Kadima head Tzipi Livni, who Rice had a close working relationship with during her tenure as secretary of state.
On Sunday, Rice also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Kadima head Shaul Mofaz and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The politico is rumored to be on presidential-hopeful Mitt Romney’s shortlist for running mate, though Rice has said she intends to stay out of politics for the time being.