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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

The State Dept.’s Excuse Branch was not able to answer a reporter’s question on Monday if it was wise for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to use the word “apartheid” when referring to Israel even to a possible situation in the future.

Kerry said on Friday, as reported here, that Israel could become an “apartheid” state if it doesn’t follow his script to give the Palestinian Authority whatever it takes so that the globe-trotting secretary can score at least one artificial success before the Obama administration goes home in two years.

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One reporter asked spokeswoman Jen Psaki, the director of the Excuse Branch, if Kerry really thinks Israel is an apartheid state.

Gosh, no, she said. “Israel is a vibrant democracy,” Psaki explained, and hastily added that former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert – you know, the one convicted for bribery – and his former defense minister Ehud Barak – you know, the one who is married to the military-industrial complex – have made similar comments.

Associated Press reporter Matt Lee then stepped up to the mike and asked specifically if it was wise for Kerry to use the “apartheid” word, even if he was referring to a future situation in which the word could be applied to Israel.

The Excuse Branch director danced around the questioning until she finally was pinned in the corner, where she simply ruled that it was time to move on to less interesting subjects, such as the American concern for Egypt’s “preliminary death sentences against 683 defendants and the upholding of death sentences against 37 defendants from a March 25 decision.”

Lee asked, “Can you acknowledge that using ‘apartheid’ is offensive for many,” including Israelis? “Is the Secretary aware of this?”

Psaki went back to the defense that Israeli officials have used the word, but Lee argued, “You are supposed to be neutral” and asked if any other American officials ever used the “A” word during negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Doesn’t Kerry understand that using the word, whether referring to the past, present or future, would cause “angst and indignation.” Lee asked.

After Psaki’s comment that she has “no other comment,” Lee turned the tables and argued that from the Palestinian Authority point of view, Israel is an apartheid state..

“Kerry is getting it from both sides” and was it really “smart” for Kerry to use the word,” he continued.

Lee was followed by Said Arikat, correspondent for Al-Quds, who asked why Israel cannot be defined as an apartheid state since it has checkpoints [then again, so does the United States and every other normal and even abnormal country] and separate roads [which is rarely true except where the Palestinian Authority decides who can use the highways].

Psaki then abruptly put an end to the discussion and stated, “I think we are ready to move on.”

So the questions still stands:

If Kerry really did not mean that Israel is an apartheid state, didn’t he understand that using the “A” word is not very smart?

After all, he is Secretary of State of the United States of America and therefore is very smart.

Isn’t he?

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95 COMMENTS

  1. He cant get what he wants, and because of that he is angry.in his head he saw himself as the man who brought peace, the great mr.kerry himself brought peace
    Thats what he want.well mr.kerry why dont you listen to HASHEM. You cant break jerusalem in two pieces, and dont you no why?
    ITS THE CITY OF THE MOST HIGH.

  2. Give a human any sort of power, and they seem to not only abuse it, but grow less mentally capable of controlling their impulses both psychologically and physically. In other words, these people become psychotic, if they weren’t already.

  3. Probably for the same reason that David Ben-Gurion used that word.

    Post Columnist Hirsh Goodman grew up in Apartheid South Africa. In his book, “Let Me Create Paradise, God Said to Himself” (2005), Hirsh writes of his 36 hour military home-leave around the Six-Day-War.

    He turned on his bedroom radio: “Then David Ben-Gurion came on with his chirpy little voice, his sentences clipped and hard.

    ‘Israel, he said, better rid itself of the territories and their Arab populations as soon as possible. If it did not Israel would soon become an Apartheid State. Demography, he said, was a greater danger than not having the territorial depth the right wing was always claiming Israel needed to defend itself.’

    That phrase, ‘Israel will become an Apartheid State,’ resonated with me. In a flash I understood what he [Ben-Gurion] was saying.” (P. 78)

  4. MORE RACIAL TENSION STIRRED UP, THIS TIME MORE OF JOHN KERRY BLAMING ISRAEL. IT IS SAD FOR THIS TO COME ON THE HEELS OF SUNDAY’S HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL. IT IS GOOD TO SEE DEMOCRATS EXPOSED, AS THOSE OF US RELIGIOUS RIGHT REPUBLICANS SUCH AS MYSELF KNEW THAT HE WANTED ISRAEL TO FORFEIT LANDS TO PALESTINIANS, AND BLAMED THE JEWS FOR ALL THE CONFLICT. THE DEMOCRATS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH TO HANDLE THE PEACE TALKS, AND THEIR PRO ISLAM TENDENCIES ARE PLAINLY ANTI-JEWISH. THAT LAND WAS GIVEN BACK TO ISRAEL AFTER WW2, AND IS THEIR LAND, AND SHOULD STAY IN THEIR HANDS PERMANENTLY. WISH THAT OUR NATION WOULD STIR UP LOVE FOR THEM BEFORE SUNDAY, THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE HOLOCAUST~!

    John Kerry certainly should not be in the peace talks. Find someone else!!!!! The U.S. has always been a pro Israel nation, and the taxpayers want to keep it that way! The majority of the taxpayers are Christian, and this is still a Christian nation, and the Christians all want to see Israel protected, and blessed, and to have all that they were given after WW2, and the making of Israel into a nation yet again. John Kerry shows his real reasons behind wanting Israel for forfeited lands that belongs to them! He should have never been put in said position in the peace talks, and after he mentioned Israel giving up their lands, then they should have immediately removed him. His views are not that of the nation, as it is not just us religious right Christians behind the U.S. support of Israel, it is most U.S. taxpayers.

    Carrie Geren Scoggins Political Newsletter Bible Prophecy Times Facebook/blospot.com

  5. He is a horses arse
    Till the Palestinians Hamas are prepared to except that Israel has the right to EXIST and also not to destroy Israel
    Would he make peace with them if they made the same threats about America and how about all the rockets !!!

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