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Senators Appalled by Kerry’s Anti-Israel Remarks in Iran Briefing

Whenever someone asked Kerry "what would the Israelis say?" Kerry said, "Stop listening to the Israelis."

At Iran briefing for significant U.S. senators, Kerry reportedly said to Ignore what the Israelis say

At Iran briefing for significant U.S. senators, Kerry reportedly said to Ignore what the Israelis say
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In what was described as a “purely emotional” appeal that did not reveal the necessary specificity to assuage lawmakers’ concerns about a deceptive Iran on the brink of acquiring the ability to produce nuclear weapons, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with members of the U.S. Senate banking committee on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 13.

Kerry remained adamant that if congress ups the sanctions, it will push away Iranians from the negotiating table.  And many members of congress seemed to be just as adamant that de-fanging sanctions at this stage of negotiations, when the Iranians remain unwilling to make major concessions, will mean any deal will be at great cost to the west and have little substantive effect on Iran’s nuclear abilities.

“Our hope is that no new sanctions would be put in place for the simple reason that, if they are, it could be viewed as bad faith by the people we are negotiating with,” Kerry said before entering a closed-door briefing with members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, according to CNN.

“It could destroy the ability to be able to get agreement,” he added, “and it could actually wind up setting us back in dialogue that’s taken 30 years to achieve.”

But after the meeting, the few congressmen who were willing to speak had harsh words both about the content of what was discussed, but also the atmospherics.

“It was fairly anti-Israeli,” Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) said to reporters after the briefing. “I was supposed to disbelieve everything the Israelis had just told me, and I think the Israelis probably have a pretty good intelligence service.” He said the Israelis had told him that the “total changes proposed set back the program by 24 days.”

A Senate aide told BuzzFeed that during the meeting, “every time anybody would say anything about ‘what would the Israelis say,’ they’d get cut off and Kerry would say, ‘You have to ignore what they’re telling you, stop listening to the Israelis on this.’”

“They had no details,” the aide said. “They had no ability to verify anything, to describe anything, to answer basic questions.”

Republicans and Democrats alike have questioned the sagacity of removing sanctions at this point in the negotiations, rather than ratcheting them up now, and then dialing them back down if an acceptable deal is reached.

Kerry’s approach, which placed the onus in exactly the opposite direction, was that the U.S. and the rest of the global community could “dial back up” sanctions later, if no agreement is reached with the Iranians.

“If this doesn’t work, we reserve the right to dial back up the sanctions. I will be up here on the Hill asking for increased sanctions, and we always reserve the military option,” he said. “Let’s give them a few weeks, see if it works, and we have all of our options at our disposal.”

In addition to Kerry, Vice President Joe Biden and State Department’s lead Iran negotiator Wendy Sherman were also present at the meeting.  Bret Stephens held up a non-rose-colored lens to Sherman’s career in Monday’s Wall Street Journal.

 

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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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69 Responses to “Senators Appalled by Kerry’s Anti-Israel Remarks in Iran Briefing”

  1. Kerry is a traitor and a snake. He represents terrorism, this is the new face of terrorism, Kerry you purchased butt belongs in prison, period.

  2. Anti- Semitic piece of scum, Kerry you will be cursed.

  3. I am not surprised. He’s a friqing idiot. If we listen to Kerry it will be North Korea all over again!

  4. Robert Beck says:

    These six things doth the Lord Hate:Yea, seven are an abomination to him: A proud look, a lying tongue,and hands that shed innocent blood,a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations,feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discard among the brethren

  5. Robert Beck says:

    Another Billery clinton Liar

  6. Julian Rod says:

    David Bettino youre a ***** and a ****

  7. Yeremiahu Rueben Yonteff says:

    Amalek

  8. Anonymous says:

    like we didn't see that coming. there no reason for Israeli to trust this man or their president who lies.

  9. HaShem is a better option anyway. One day a prophet (this really happened) was told by the Lord that He would defend Israel and take action against her foes. The prophet said, “Are you really going to do that?” The Lord said, “I’ve done this before, I’m not practicing.”

  10. David Bettino says:

    He left the military possibility open. Didn't you Jews read that?

  11. David Bettino says:

    Besides, Kerry's a crypto-Jew. He's going to continue grabbing ankle, regardless of any public posture.

  12. why are any of surprised?!!!!!!

  13. Oh by all means, David, we JEWS saw that. And are you non-Jews foolish enough to think that ANYONE believes it has any meaning? Do you think we JEWS have ignored every other display of incompetence and fecklessness put on by the Obama administration over the last five years? Have you? Do you realize the U.S's overeagerness for a deal with the Iranians has been shown up by no less courageous a country than FRANCE? How does that make you non-Jewish real Americans feel? Do you realize that America's commitment as the leader of the free world has beengiven the lie by no less western a country than SAUDI ARABIA? Don't you non-Jewish real Americans find that a trifle embarrassing?

  14. David Bettino Oh please, don't blame us for him too.. You goyim have to own up to your own mistakes..

  15. David Bettino says:

    Our mistake was letting you back into Europe.

  16. Roz Wolf says:

    Was he high on something? Sounds like drugs took over his brain

  17. Kerry is against Israel, just like Obama. I hope Israel does not let her guard down….

  18. this man is even more disgusting than obama

  19. David Bettino Your mistake were the white papers not letting jews repatriate into Israel , Your mistake was going against the judgment of league of nations making Palestinian province into Jordan. Your mistake was allowing influx of islamists into Europe , Now Europe is f’ed .

  20. Joyce Myers says:

    Kerry needs a reality check

  21. Sam Oystein says:

    Martin Goodman TRUE!

  22. Sam Oystein says:

    And Kerry once wanted to be a US president? Appeasement comes before fall. This is what Chamberlain did. He should be ashamed that the French are leading the quest to stop Iran from developing Nukes, not the Americans. It is clear to the most uninformed person that Israel is not the real target of Iran's nuclear program because Israel has the resources to strike back. The primary target are the GCC countries who have no power to strike back. Kerry OUGHT to defend them.

  23. Marta Raffa says:

    Yeremiahu….just call him a bastard so people understand what you really mean

  24. Sandy Thorne says:

    HE’S A TRAITOR IN THE WORST WAY.

  25. This supposedly friends are in fact our nemesis… :D

  26. This supposedly friends are in fact our nemesis… :D

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