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Kerry Issues Statement Mourning Murder of Our Boys

The secretary of state's statements were focused on the pain of the Israeli people, the compassion felt by a fellow human being and father, and the need to bring to justice the perpetrators of the heinous deed.
Secretary of State John Kerry, Jan. 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry, Jan. 2014
Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash 90

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry responded with respect and compassion to news of the murders of the three Israeli kidnapped teenagers in a statement issued late Monday afternoon, June 30.

Although short, the statement was noticeably more emotionally engaged than was the one issued by President Barack Obama.

In particular, Kerry’s statement refrained from Obama’s implied threat to Israel not to take any action that might “further destabilize” the situation. How the president’s speechwriters were so tone deaf as to insert in a two short paragraphs statement a rebuke to the Israelis at such an intensely painful and emotional moment is hard to understand.

Kerry also did not take the opportunity to commend the Palestinian Authority for allegedly working together with Israel in securing the boys’ bodies, as did President Obama.

The secretary of state’s statements were focused on the pain of the Israeli people, the compassion felt by a fellow human being and father, and the need to bring to justice the perpetrators of the heinous deed.

This is Kerry’s statement:

The news of the murder of these three Israeli teenagers — Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrach — is simply devastating. We all had so much hope that this story would not end this way. As a father, there are no words to express such a horrific loss that shakes all people of conscience. We pray for these three boys and their families, and together we grieve with all the people of Israel. Knowing that Naftali was also an American citizen makes this an especially heavy blow not just to Israel, but to the United States.

We condemn this despicable terrorist act in the strongest possible terms. The killing of innocent youths is an outrage beyond any understanding or rationale, and the perpetrators must be brought to justice. This is a time for all to work towards that goal without destabilizing the situation.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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29 Responses to “Kerry Issues Statement Mourning Murder of Our Boys”

  1. **** you, John Kerry! Last month you called Israel an Apartheid state. מי ייתן ואלוהים ינחה את ידינו לגאולה

  2. Oh put a cork in it Kerry

  3. The Israelis don’t need you’re help mackerel snapper; they need you turn your head while real men take order back from this existential threat

  4. Da Ly says:

    Kerry’s a joke.

  5. No surprise about Obama he stands with the Muslims in All things.

  6. NOT GOOD ENOUGH LURCH AMERICA SHOULD HAVE STOOD UP TO HAMASS

  7. As if Kerry really cares.

  8. Ron Rosen says:

    Take three miles of the west bank, for the kidnapping and killing of the three boys

  9. OMG, now we want revenge!!!!!!!

  10. Michael Hart says:

    Nobody wants revenge. We want to ensure that the price for acting like wild dogs is unimageanably high

  11. Rick Lutes says:

    Where was President Barak Obama’s condemnation before the bodies were found? Where was Michelle Obama’s sign saying #bringbackourboys ?

  12. Judith Ross says:

    As far as I am concerned his pussyfooting around Hamas and PA are cause of this. He should hang his head in shame.

  13. Judith Ross says:

    As far as I am concerned his pussyfooting around Hamas and PA are cause of this. He should hang his head in shame.

  14. Jane O'grady says:

    Kerry might realize you can’t negotiate with terrorist. Maybe he needs to read more of Churchill techniques and less of obamas.

  15. Not Mr.Obama pray Jesus on Israel …I have the picture…thank lord…I fill my heart broke by what happen to this child’s…neshahin

  16. Another sad thing is that one of the boys was a US citizen and Obama does NOTHING. Then again when has he defended America in any way what soever.? He is a spineless coward and has brought this country down to such a low level.

  17. Another sad thing is that one of the boys was a US citizen and Obama does NOTHING. Then again when has he defended America in any way what soever.? He is a spineless coward and has brought this country down to such a low level.

  18. Totally superior to Obama’s heartless BS. When he opens his mouth, the wretched state of his heart is bared for all to see.

  19. Its only a statement but no action..Still in favor of the PLO and Hamas .No need for the Israel govt. to adhere the US policy towards PLO demands.

  20. Icame Isawi Steve, But Israel must spend 3,4 b to buy US equipment. So money goes back to USA. Israel does not need this kind of deal.

  21. And , he will continue to transfer money to terrorists-Hamas and PA?

  22. Obama stands with Muslims in all things? That’s crap. Doesn’t change Kerry and some bad moves by Obama, but Obama has killed more terrorists than any other US leader.He gets credit if he gets blame during his admin.

  23. And obama had nothing to do with it.

  24. Uzi Kattan says:

    Kerry needs to be swift boated. In Hebrew Kerry means wasted seed and he’s a good example of wasted seed.

  25. How come he was silent till now?… even though an American citizens was among the three. I guess it was only just another Jew.

  26. I stand with the Muslims not my words Obama’s.

  27. Too little, too late

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