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Administration Enlisting Jewish Groups To Counter Attacks On Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry

Foxman called the furor over Yaalon’s alleged comments a “tempest in a teapot,” noting that they were made in private. The ADL also issued an open letter to Kerry criticizing his warning that a peace setback could fuel boycotts of Israel.

Still, Jewish groups have tried to strike a supportive tone. Foxman’s letter criticizing Kerry also stressed that the ADL backs his efforts to achieve a settlement.

The Obama administration, meanwhile, has been responding not only to attacks from Israeli officials but also from nongovernmental groups. Kerry’s spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, cited among other “mischaracterizations” of Kerry’s record a satirical video in which an Israeli actor bewigged with a gray bouffant declares Jerusalem holy to Klingons and Hobbits, among other groups.

Dani Dayan, a senior Yesha Council official, said he was amazed at Psaki’s reaction. The satire in the video, he said, was aimed at Kerry’s policies, not his person.

“It’s nonsense, he’s not anti-Semitic – I even suspect he’s philo-Semitic,” said Dayan. “His policies are misguided, the solutions he proposes do not solve the problems.”

(JTA)

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15 Responses to “Administration Enlisting Jewish Groups To Counter Attacks On Kerry”

  1. Ben II says:

    the communists work hard to protect scum like Kerry.

  2. Didn’t Nixon have a “Secret Plan” for ending the war in Vietnam?

  3. Elaine Fox says:

    He can always count on j street

  4. Anonymous says:

    It is about time someone spoke out and let Obama know that Kerry is biased against Israel and the Israeli Jew is not an Uncle Jake, Diaspora Jew. Israel represents true Judaism, not the Rahm Emanuel's. or Martin Indyk.

  5. obama cannot silence us from praying, and God’s ability knows no bounds. obama may think he can do whatever he wants, but he’ll find that ability reserved for God alone.
    If God were to see fit to remove obama, He would not have to strive and strain with people or proceedures. He could simply do it. Pray.

  6. Palestine did not exist – Today this land is in part known as the Gaza Strip, Coveting the land formerly called the Province of Judea that was occupied by the Jewish people until after their expulsion by the Romans from the Province of Judea in after the First Jewish Revolt in 70 CE and later the Second Jewish Revolt in 135 CE – JUDAH, BENJAMIN AND THE TEN TRIBES — WILL RETURN.. the Province of Judea, this land is called Palestine after the land where some of their ancestors dwelled; Called Roman Palestine, the ancient Palestine (Palestinians) took on the cultural heritage of the ancient Philistines.

    Judaea – Palaestina – Judea became a Roman province in the 1st century and lost its independence to the Romans in the process. In the year 6 A.D., Judea fell under direct Roman dominion as the southern part of the Iudaea province. Several Jewish revolts were seen during this time period, but were mainly unsuccessfuly. Jerusalem was sacked and destroyed, along with the Second Temple in the year 70 A.D., with much of the Jewish population being killed or taken into slavery. In the year 135 A.D., the Roman emperor Hadrian, in an attempt to blot out anything Jewish from Judea, withdrew the region’s title of “Provincia Judea” and renamed it “Provincia Syria Palaestina”. This was meant as a direct insult to the Jewish people, as there was an intended connection between the terms “Palestina” and “Philistine”, which were the arch-enemies of Israel a thousand years prior. This is widely believed to be the only origin of the term “Palestine”.

  7. Lisa Kamins says:

    stupid, foolish people, don’t know a rasha when they see one.

  8. Lisa Kamins says:

    stupid, foolish people, don’t know a rasha when they see one.

  9. Lisa Kamins says:

    stupid, foolish people, don’t know a rasha when they see one.

  10. Maynard Miller says:

    Ha ha! I hope the person who said Kerry is a "True friend of Israel" was joking.

  11. Alan Rockman says:

    Kerry is a joke. He would have been shot as a traitor over 40 years ago if our country wasn't so divided over Vietnam. He personally may or may not be anti-Semitic, but he is the scion of self-hating slime – and he serves someone who is definitely an anti-Semite… Barack Obama.

    Furthermore his recent policies and words DO NOT enhance the security of Israel – even the future security of Israel but may very well contribute to its destruction, i.e., his fatally flawed (but so typical of Kerry) deal with Iran that let's them keep their reactors running and their centrifuges spinning, his constant support of the Palestinian position and his insistence that Israel make dangerous concessions to those who don't want peace but the total destruction of Israel.

    In fact it is so outrageous and absurd, not to mention hypocritical that Obama and Kerry are upset with Karzai's decision to release Taleban terrorists when they demanded and insisted that Netanyahu release the killers of Jewish women and children – which sadly he did.

    Hypocrites and cowards they are – even if Kerry MIGHT not be a Jew-hater.

  12. Alan Kardon says:

    One thing for that is certain, any group that supports Kerry will not see a penny from me. Hope all who love Israel feel as I do.

  13. Cathy Sherman says:

    If they can't take the heat, they should get out of the kitchen. Sorry for the cliche, but all these calls for apologies, from Erdrogan to Kerry, are pathetic. Do they ask any other officials other than Israelis for apologies? Like Putin? And Iranians shouting death to America? I'd like an apology for the arrogant and offensive way O & K tried to push more appeasement on us, making our lives much more dangerous. I don't recall any molotov cocktails before Kerry and Obama. Enough already. They should try to fix some of the problems in the US and stay out of Israel.

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