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The ‘A’ Word

And of course Apartheid Israel is a bold faced lie. A big lie. The Big Lie of the 21st century. The kind of lie used by Hitler’s Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
US Secy of State John Kerry will soon be on his way to London to meet with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

US Secy of State John Kerry will soon be on his way to London to meet with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Photo Credit: Matty Stern / US Embassy of Tel Aviv/Flash 90.

I am not one of John Kerry’s fans. I did not vote for him when he ran for President. And I did not support him as President Obama’s choice for Secretary of State. I had always seen Kerry’s support for Israel to be somewhat lacking in decisiveness. I simply wasn’t sure where he really stood despite his positive voting record.

Now that he has been in office for some time, I have come to a better understanding of his position. He indeed has a more favorable view of Israel than I had once thought. His views do not match mine. But I am convinced that his support for Israel is strong.

Understandably as Secretary of State he has always tried to counterbalance his support for Israel with support for the Palestinians. But in the balance, I believe his support for Israel is real – even while I disagree with his obsession to get some sort of peace deal between the two peoples.

Not that I don’t want peace. I absolutely do. And I would support any compromise that would work toward that end – provided of course that Israel remain a free, safe, and secure Jewish State. The problem with Kerry is that he is blind to the fact that it is currently impossible to achieve that. As long as there is a Hamas or a Hezbollah whose clearly stated objective is to wipe Israel off the map – an objective that they constantly act upon by firing rockets indiscriminately into populated areas of Israel… and as long as there is an Iran and an Islamic fundamentalist belief that Israel must be eradicated by any means necessary… there is no possible way to have any kind of peace agreement that will hold.

I bring all of this up in light of the recent Apartheid statement made by Kerry. In his attempt to express the urgency of making peace he said that if Israel doesn’t do it, it is in danger of becoming an Apartheid State. (He made similar comments recently about the possibility of another Intifada.)  All of this quite nicely fitting into the Palestinian narrative.

As one editorial indicated, using the word Apartheid in any context with Israel is the new Antisemitism.  And of course Apartheid Israel is a bold faced lie. A big lie. The Big Lie of the 21st century. The kind of lie used by Hitler’s Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. He is famous for saying that if you repeat a big lie often enough people will start believing it. Goebbels  filled the air with a media campaign full of disgusting lies about the Jewish people. And that  made many people believe that Jews were the vermin they he said they were.

Why is using Apartheid in the context of Israel a Big Lie? Aren’t the two peoples separate and apart? Do not the Palestinians suffer because of Israel’s security needs? They do. But not because Israel discriminates against them racially, religiously, ethnically, socially, or any other way. It is because they have no choice.

The security fence that for example causes so much grief to Palestinians was built for lack of any other way of securing its borders from attack by suicide bombers from Judea and Samaria (the West Bank of the Jordan River). Since the security fence was built, there haven’t been any. Prior to that, it seemed like an everyday event.  There are other inconveniences that Palestinians feel at the hands of Israel for security reasons. But to say that this is in any way Apartheid – or that this will lead to Apartheid – is not only an insult to Israel, it is an insult to South African blacks who actually lived through it!

About the Author: Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at hmaryles@yahoo.com.


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61 Responses to “The ‘A’ Word”

  1. and we must recognise jerusalem and give it to the jews as their capital forever than turnining a blind eye to.kerly u must resign because u dont know the motives of islamic race are.they want israel to dispear just like ottoman empire sucked roman empire 1453.

  2. Sadly, Kerry usually speaks what he is thinking, or in this case what his boss is thinking.

  3. Excuse me BUT a diplomat , if you can call Kerry that, should think ten times before opening his mouth. No excuse.

  4. Dani Katz says:

    He has ‘foot and mouth’ disease and when he has both feet in, he is full of it!

  5. Janek El says:

    problem is that while misstating your case you never were Secretary of State. Big Difference! In other words no comparison.

  6. He was just checking to see if it would fly. It obviously did not. Don’t trust that snake.

  7. Daniel Lang says:

    Not the first time he has “misspoken.” Won’t be the last.

  8. He is an idiot, and should resign

  9. Anna Bishop says:

    Freud is rolling over in his grave.

  10. Kathy Lee says:

    He knew what he was saying!

  11. HE IS STILL”STUPID”FOR SAYING THAT!! DUMB ASS!!!! HE’S MAKING THINGS (WORSE!! ) STURING UP ****!! TO DAM ‘DUMB TO BE SAYING ENYTHING!!!!

  12. Total BS you’re not convincing anyone, Kerry is a fool.

  13. WELL SAID, “ROMEO JEAN CLAUDE”
    IT’S FOR SURE! KERLY IS CLUELESS,
    OF THE ‘HISTORY THEIR!! ISLAMIC RACE IS TO ‘RULE THE WORLD!!!! ONE DAY!!

  14. על התנצלויות כאלה אמרו חז”ל :..” אפרטהייד בלגינא – קיק, קיש קרי”.

  15. Those words are his legacy as secretary of state.

  16. He is but a puppet, parroting the State Dept.’s and BDS Movement’s TRUE party line…

    The only thing the administration is afraid of is waking up the clueless Jewish Americans who voted in these enemies of Israel (the jewish vote).

  17. Oh I thought the a word was for ass aka Kerry

  18. Yeah he miss spoke! Like obama when he said 36 times “if you like your insurance..you can keep your insurance..period!”

  19. Give this to Kerry, Obama and the Palestinians!

  20. Oh yea ?????? And who pressured you to make this post ????

  21. Not what u said the other day !!!!

  22. The Democrats are always on the opposite side of Israel. The Christian religious right Republicans have always been the ones to go-to-bat for Israel, and demanding that the U.S. stay pro Israel.

  23. Joseph Green says:

    THIS POLITICAL MISTAKE NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED!! FIRE THAT ASS!!

  24. Some Will Fall For Anything

  25. Lize Bartsch says:

    …..and other fairy tales

  26. Clo Clo says:

    Do not be deceived…this ADMIN most certainly has AN AGENDA!!!!!

  27. Ariel Claude says:

    He said it, period. That’s enough. If he misspoke, it’s his problem like Donald Sterling is paying for his privately spoken speech. Kerry should get out if he can’t control his month…it isn’t the first time he has misspoken on Israel. Get out of office, Kerry, you’re awful like your predecessor, Hillary Clinton.

  28. Kerry has a habit of the miss speak. Perhaps he should strive to be a wise man and keep his mouth shut.

  29. Rohan Menon says:

    Oh really now…

  30. Excuses alone will not undo his words. Kerry has graduated from the BHO course in back tracking and Ignoring the obvious.

  31. Karen Bryant says:

    This administration seems to misspeak quite a lot.

  32. Face it he id ls insane

  33. Ronnie Pleet says:

    It was anger and real feelings that came out

  34. and you are so perfect in all you do ???

  35. 2 brains, one’s lost & the other went looking for it! The terrorists should have sewn his mouth shut!

  36. Ruby Harris says:

    He didn’t just misspeak

  37. Well then you are deliberately delusional. Kerry and his boss and Hillary all believe that the Jews are invaders in Israel and are there only because of the Holocaust. They believe the myth of the fraudulent “palestinians” They do not read history so they do not understand that the Jews are the indigenous people of Israel and that their denial of facts and history puts them in a position of denying the right of self-determination for Jews which makes them racists against the Jews. http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/04/a-tour-and-census-of-palestine-year-1695-no-sign-of-arabian-names-or-palestinians

  38. Misspoke? More like put his foot in his mouth! Moron.

  39. Misspoke? That’s how wars get started you idiot! Resign ~ you’re a buffoon.

  40. Sara ~ Kerry’s mistakes have the potential to start wars. Your comment to Ariel is not well thought out.

  41. Peggy Green says:

    Sure he did but shouldn’t a diplomat of the stature of Secretary of State have more control over his tongue? Or is it just a character flaw that started in Viet Nam?

  42. His boss is pushing the idea, so why wouldn’t he?

  43. Sure he did. Clueless twit!

  44. His true feelings came out and now he is lying

  45. Did he misspeak when he recently threatened the Jewish state with more BDS?

  46. Notice he never condemns the throat cutters that bomb and kill and kidnap Jews.

  47. Out of the abundance of the heart our mouth speaks. I truly believe that what came out from his mouth is what he believes.

  48. Hector Ramos says:

    The mouth speaks what’s in the heart!

  49. Hector Ramos says:

    Retracting, is a convenient commodity at this point.

  50. this man is a disgrace.

  51. More than just an oops I didn’t mean what I said, “….out of the abundance of the heart, speaks the mouth”. Luke 6:45

  52. More than just an oops I didn’t mean what I said, “….out of the abundance of the heart, speaks the mouth”. Luke 6:45

  53. Jennifer Moe says:

    Keep believing that! Making friends with snakes can have a very bad outcome!

  54. he new exactly what he was saying this is the kind of man he is. can,t trust him.

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