Updates at the end of the article
According to the Daily Beast exclusive, if there’s no two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict soon, Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state,” Secretary of State John Kerry told a room of influential world leaders in a closed-door meeting Friday.
My friend at Bookworm Room tells me today is Yom Hashoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day to remember those murdered by vicious anti-Semites during WW II, and it is a day taken very seriously by Israelis. That makes this statement so much worse. What a way to remember the victims of genocide.
This comment is a very serious threat, undoubtedly approved by Barack Obama. It is meant as a warning to Israel that he (Obama) has every intention of putting them in harm’s way by promoting the terminology which will be used by extremists in their war against Israel. In February, Kerry threatened Israel. He said they were in danger of boycotts against them if the talks failed.
There is a movement – the BDS movement – which is picking up steam and which uses the false claim that Israel is an Apartheid state to further their virulent anti-Semitism. Obama knows this and by having John Kerry say this, he is letting Israel know that he too will use it.
The man who cowers before Putin is only brave enough to stand up to allies and innocent Americans who disagree with him. He is a typical bully.
There never were serious peace talks. Israel had to give up prisoners and was directed by Obama to give up land while Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority gave up nothing, agreed to nothing, and swore to never accept Israel as a state. Abbas recently formed a unity agreement with the terror organization of Hamas whose sole reason for existence is to destroy Israel. These are the people that Obama wants Israel to negotiate with.
Israel is a democracy in a land surrounded by 7th century denizens driven by Islamofascist zealots who are sworn enemies of Israel and this administration is willing to endanger them for peace talks that never were.
Israel gives full rights and freedoms to everyone. One quarter of Israelis are not Jewish and 21% identify as Arab. They have brought light to a very dark area of the world and if people would pay attention, they would see that freedom and progress can happen there.
John Kerry, also known as Hanoi John in the 1970’s, is true to character if nothing else. What he is doing to Israel is what he did to his fellow soldiers in Vietnam during the war. He and Hanoi Jane (Jane Fonda) ran around demonizing our military who went to war for their country.
When it was thought that he won the presidential election, John Kerry’s aide came in and said something to the effect, hey old horse face, may I be the first to call you Mr. President? It’s a nickname that has stuck though he is sometimes identified by a different part of the horse’s anatomy.
Besides running for the senate and the presidency, John Kerry is famous for docking his boat in Rhode Island instead of Massachusetts where he lives so he wouldn’t have to pay Massachusetts taxes, taxes he helped raise.
Before all that he was a faux war hero who helped demean our military heroes during the Vietnam War.
The self-proclaimed Vietnam War hero, John Kerry, who threw his medals out after the war, gave testimony before the world denigrating our entire military in 1971.
Obama, in a calculated gesture, recommended Kerry to head the Department of Defense. John McCain helped stop it but Kerry’s just as dangerous as the anti-Semitic Secretary of State.
Few cases of abuse by US troops were uncovered during and after the Vietnam war. John Kerry lied and said that war crimes were a routine occurrence. He didn’t just lie. He lied viciously.
John Kerry won personal acclaim from the far left, including domestic terrorist communists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, at the expense of our military heroes:
The only Vets who threw their medals back were the ones who were suffering from PTSD or who were far-left believers. These protesters used the war as an excuse to create mayhem. Their real goal was and is to infuse communism into our society. They could not have cared less about our military. They called soldiers who risked their lives for their country baby killers among other things.
John Kerry was a radical who took part in a staged media event with the likes of Jane Fonda called the Winter Soldier Investigation. The war horror stories they told were mostly debunked. Click here for a Q & A on John Kerry’s irresponsible dissent.
Soldiers who risked their lives and fought for their country in Vietnam had to remove their uniforms before leaving the plane on their return home so they wouldn’t be called “murderers” and have tomatoes pelted at them. John Kerry’s contribution to these acts of betrayal was enormous.
He likes to lie and brag about his war service when he is in fact a traitor and self-serving narcissist. Here he is lying:
Kerry won several medals for his war time service, but during his presidential campaign, veterans who served with him in Vietnam, calling themselves the Swiftboat Veterans, debunked his supposed achievements. It probably was enough to cost him the election.
Listen to him in 2006 selling out Iraq and the US military again. He says in the video that our troops were terrorizing Iraqi women and children when Iraqis should be doing that:
The sacrifice that our military men and women make is a debt we can never repay. They do it in the name of freedom. Kerry betrayed them and all that our country used to stand for. He is doing it again. He doesn’t care who he has to hurt.
Those of us who are still Americans need to call for his immediate firing.
On Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry raised the specter of Israel as an “apartheid state.” Even Barack Obama condemned the use of this term when running for president in 2008.
Yet this was no gaffe. Secretary Kerry’s musings on the Jewish state’s dire future have become a regular feature of his public remarks. His latest prediction follows other statements in recent months that have in effect threatened Israel — never the Palestinians — with a list of disasters should his diplomatic efforts fail: violence, isolation, delegitimization, boycotts — and now “apartheid.”
It is no longer enough for the White House to clean up after the messes John Kerry has made. It is time for John Kerry to step down as Secretary of State, or for President Obama to fire him. And it would go a long way toward repairing the damage Kerry has done if his predecessor as Secretary of State, who is the likely Democratic Party nominee for president, explained why this kind of rhetoric had no place in her State Department and why it will have no place in her presidential campaign.
While we see John Kerry as Obama’s lapdog, he is a willing lapdog and firing him would be a good start.
Update: 04/28/2014: John Kerry issued a statement Monday night clarifying his Friday comments.
“I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan political purposes.”
“Israel is a vibrant democracy and I do not believe, nor have I ever stated, publicly or privately, that Israel is an apartheid state or that it intends to become one.”
“I have been around long enough to also know the power of words to create a misimpression, even when unintentional, and if I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word to describe my firm belief that the only way in the long term to have a Jewish state and two nations and two peoples living side by side in peace and security is through a two state solution.”
Kerry obviously believes that a good offense is the best defense. He feigned indignation over anyone who would dare accuse him of not being committed to Israel. He then turned it on Republicans – it’s the Republicans using it for partisan purposes. Then he avoids apologizing by saying it was an unintentional use of terminology. Worst of all, he, as a SOS for the United States, has decided what a sovereign nation – Israel – must do.
Make no mistake, the comment about Israel being in danger of being called an apartheid state was intentional and done with the full knowledge that there is a radical Muslim movement known as the BDS movement which is becoming more and more powerful on U.S. college campuses. That movement is falsely claiming Israel is an apartheid state.
Kerry’s comments were intentional and he meant them as a threat, just as he meant to threaten Israel in February when he told them there would be boycotts against them. It was a warning shot – Israel either goes back to the nonexistent talks or the U.S. will betray them.