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US Rep Eric Cantor Demands State Secy John Kerry Apologize to Israel

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor said Monday that John Kerry should “apologize to the Israeli government and people.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
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American lawmakers did not take long to call for the resignation of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after media reported he slapped the “apartheid” threat at Israel during remarks at a closed-door session with the Trilateral Commission Friday in Washington D.C.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, (R-VA) released a statement Monday calling Kerry’s remarks “extremely disappointing.”

Cantor, who is Jewish, added, “The use of the word ‘apartheid’ has routinely been dismissed as both offensive and inaccurate, and Secretary Kerry’s use of it makes peace even harder to achieve.” The Number 2 House leader said that Kerry should “apologize to the Israeli government and people.”

Cantor wasn’t the only one.

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) posted a tweet on the Twitter social networking site, noting, “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and any linkage between Israel and apartheid is nonsensical and ridiculous.”

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) outright called for Kerry’s resignation on the Senate floor, in a statement reported by Fox News. “Mr. President, it is my belief that Secretary Kerry has thus proven himself unsuitable for his position and that before any furher harm is done to our alliance with Israel he should offer President Obama his resignation, and the president should accept it.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) called Kerry’s remarks “outrageous and disappointing,” and noted that “incendiary name calling does not change the fundamental fact that Israel does not currently have a viable partner for peace.” Rubio urged Kerry and the rest of the Obama administration to focus on the crisis in Syria and the Iranian nuclear threat, “instead of pressuring Israel to make additional concessions to partners who have now chosen to align themselves with a terrorist group.”

While State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki did what she could to repair the damage, it was impossible to deny that Kerry had said in private remarks to the Trilateral Commission on Friday that Israel could become an apartheid state if a two-state solution is not reached with the Palestinian Authority.

“A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens—or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state,” Kerry said, according to a recording of his remarks obtained by The Daily Beast. “Once you put that frame in your mind, that reality, which is the bottom line, you understand how imperative it is to get to the two-state solution, which both leaders, even yesterday, said they remain deeply committed to.”

Because a denial is simply impossible, Psaki sidestepped the issue in a news briefing, saying instead, “The secretary does not believe and did not state publicly or privately that Israel is an apartheid state, and there’s an important difference there.” (italics added)

As the pressure mounted for his resignation, Kerry later went on the defense Monday night with his own statement.

“I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes – so I want to be crystal clear about what I believe and what I don’t believe,” he said.

“First, 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. Anyone who knows anything about me knows that without a shred of doubt.

“Second, 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.”

 

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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84 Responses to “US Rep Eric Cantor Demands State Secy John Kerry Apologize to Israel”

  1. He needs to learn a lesson. He’s disrespectful.

  2. apologize & stay home.

  3. Jade Stone says:

    Wake up american….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Miriam Riley says:

    Nah, I think he really is that stupid

  5. Why should he apologize, he is American first

  6. Steven Na says:

    ^ Ahhh our 1st moronic comment of the day.

  7. It’s an anti Semitic hate term toward Israel.

  8. an apology is not sufficient. He needs to resign or be fired by the white house

  9. Antisemitism has to stop. And all hate towards religions must stop. Haven’t we learned yet?! Holocaust?

  10. Shame on him,he comes from a Jewish background.

  11. the entire govt needs to be fired

  12. Usani Utum says:

    This is one of the signs that Israel is waxing strong

  13. This entire administration, has but a single goal. Destroy America and hand her allies heads to their enemies. John Kerry is more interested in the trimmings of higher European Society!

  14. Scott Rochat says:

    only if you want, as it furthers your aims, or not if it’s the truth then why bother.

  15. I demand his resignation

  16. The Democrats and Republican need mental terapy, they lost the sense of truth, and this is what happens when you dont put God first and use lies to get to their way. Can you believe kerry is catholic and obama is protestant and evangelical also and they work at the same levels and principles in one unity, these are not leaders these are false objects.

  17. Ken Parris says:

    I’d be shocked if he resigned…let alone take accountability for saying something stupid.

  18. They will see how stupid their ideas will be especially when they want to dominate both God and galaxy. GOD ALL POWERFUL BLESS ISREAL!

  19. Too late! He has said what he means. He and his boss Obama woul like to see a world without Israel

  20. I believe he should resign. Its going to be great for them once they have power over every speck of dust that fall’s and every single universal impulse, I laugh at these idiots.

  21. He’s mirroring Obama Foreign Policy explained by Brzezinski as Ben Shapiro predicted correctly in 2008.

  22. No one in this so-called administration ever apologizes for their stupid and damaging actions! They are purposefully destroying the United States while at the same time kissing the asses of our sworn enemies and insulting our greatest ally Israel! I pray Israel understands the majority of Americans stand by them and their great nation! Woe those who do not! God bless Israel!

  23. Coco Daniel says:

    Look at Kerry what an idiot lol does he really think that him & his boss can go against Israel?these guys r funnyyy

  24. Yori Mendel says:

    Impeach his MARXIST Boss too.

  25. Peggy Green says:

    I agree, a racist should never hold the job of Secretary of State or any position in any kind of power. This man is a racist of the worst kind.

  26. fired yes–with a firing squad!

  27. Mark Gregg says:

    They were trying to bully Israel into backing down and doing what they want. He meant to say every word he said!

  28. James C Baer says:

    What do you expect from the Socialist piece of trash? You can have all the money you want, it still can’t buy you class.

  29. Now how about an apology from POTU for visiting a Muslim mosque and paying tribute to their beliefs. He tells Israel he will support them out of one corner of his mouth and pays tribute to Israel’s enemies!

  30. Can he be as ignorant as this? Is he unaware how many Palestinians are in the Israeli court system, government, etc.?

  31. David Martinez: You seem to be lost, this is the JEWISH press, now run along and find some other anti Israel press or the like for you to troll. The fact that this scum bag aka Kerry has his nose in Israel’s business at all, then he uses the word apartheid. You are an ignorant bafoon, please unlike this page.

  32. Susie Gilpin says:

    Moron. Insult Israel, you insult God.

  33. It is about time someone said it – KERRY, GET OUT!

  34. Obama and Kerry wanted the glory of “solving” the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Now they are p*ssed that they have failed. Two petulant US leaders.

  35. You are so right Richard England!

  36. Kathy Lee says:

    He won’t resign nor will he be fired by the other “none friend of Israel” :-(

  37. Perhaps the scales will fall of the eyes of the American Jews, who overwhelmingly vote and monetarily support any and all Democrats. These are the true colors of the progressive left.

  38. Sandy Thorne says:

    Apology not accepted, RESIGN.

  39. Took long enough! He should have gone Months ago!

  40. John Wests says:

    Impeach his monster boss as well

  41. I think it’s time to replace Kerry. He’s ineffective.

  42. Kerry should soon learn it is God who allows men to sit in places of authority for His purposes and slapping His children is not wise.

  43. why arent they calling the same on obummer, as he over and over, oversteps congress, and also giving weapons to terrorist…I dont undersand why everyone is so upset, this is not the way just Kerry feels, but this whole regime

  44. He can apologize all he wants – but, his comments reveal what he BELIEVES. His apologies are empty. It is clear that he hates Israel. He has threatened her directly on a number of occasions. He needs to be thrown out of office.

  45. Another anti-Semite. And an ignorant Idiot to boot! Apartheid? You gotta be kidding.

  46. Another anti-Semite. And an ignorant Idiot to boot! Apartheid? You gotta be kidding.

  47. Fire him he’s a tool

  48. Too many bad comments this week…………WTF?

  49. It was a disgrace he was put in as SOS in the first place. the USA’s best friend is Israel. It is a shame what Kerry has done. He certainly does not speak for me.

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