After Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Wednesday focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, several leading Jewish organizations blasted him, saying his oration was laden with “anti-Israel vitriol.”
Kerry’s speech came just days after the Obama administration reportedly orchestrated the passage of an anti-Israel resolution issued by the United Nations Security Council – one that President Barack Obama refused to veto, despite the urging of high-ranking Republicans and Democrats alike. The resolution forbids Israel to continue building Jewish housing settlements in its own country in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.
“[Kerry’s] speech was filled with anti-Israel vitriol and falsehoods,” Klein wrote in a statement. “[His] speech today essentially was a proposal for a Hamas-Fatah-Iranian-Palestinian-Arab terrorist state, which divides Jerusalem in two, forcibly evicts Jews from their homeland, and requires Israel’s retreat to indefensible borders.”
The Jewish leader asserted that the Left-leaning secretary of state misrepresented Israel in order to fit into his anti-Israel agenda.
“Despite Israel’s willingness to negotiate and the Palestinians’ refusals, Kerry blamed the Israelis and the Palestinians ‘equally’ for the lack of peace,” Klein added.
In another condemnation of Kerry, Republican Jewish Coalition Executive Director Matt Brooks insisted that the United States’ commander-in-chief and chief foreign diplomat are trying to make a mockery of Israel.
“By claiming this speech is a framework for peace in the Middle East, President Obama and John Kerry are playing the Jewish community for fools,” Brooks insisted, according to Breitbart. “[The Obama administration’s decision to abstain from the Security Council vote is] a parting shot at Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu, while at the same time creating new roadblocks to peace.
According to the American Israel Public Affairs (AIPAC), Kerry’s Palestinian bias molded his speech to place the blame for the failed peace negotiations wrongfully on the Israelis.
“Secretary Kerry placed overwhelming, disproportionate blame for the failure to advance peace on our ally, Israel, while neglecting numerous Israeli peace offers and Palestinian refusal to resume direct talks,” AIPAC expressed in a statement.
An open letter written to Kerry was penned by American Jewish Congress (AJC) CEO David Harris, who indicated that the secretary of state was not sincere in wanting to give Israel a fair shake in its dealings with the Palestinians.
“[There has been an] unprecedented level of bilateral cooperation between Washington and Jerusalem over the past eight years, [but after I] processed every word, every idea, every facial gesture, every gesticulation in your remarks, I felt some unease,” Harris expressed in his open letter to Kerry. “I wanted to embrace it all – the hope, the vision, the determination – and yet something was missing for me.”
More concern about Kerry’s speech was made public by Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt and National Chair Marvin Nathan.
“While we appreciate Secretary Kerry’s concern about policies and dynamics that may jeopardize the path to a two-state solution, we are deeply disappointed by elements of his speech and cannot separate it from the U.S. abstention at the U.N. Security Council,” Greenblatt and Nathan proclaimed. “[Kerry’s speech reinforces the] unhelpful perception that the international community is dictating terms to Israel.”
Take on Kerry’s speech from the Left and Right
The far-Left George Soros-funded Jewish organization, J Street, struck a different chord when addressing Kerry’s controversial speech.
“[We] applaud [and] strongly support [Kerry’s speech and his] proposals for concrete steps toward the two-state solution,” J Street wrote in a press release. “We call as well on Jewish communal leaders to endorse this vision and to make clear that the overwhelming majority of Jewish Americans and friends of Israel choose the path of two states and not the path that leads to a ‘Greater Israel’ and increasing international isolation.”
It is reported that even though a number of Jewish legislators on the Left did not agree with the United States not voting on the resolution, most kept their criticism to themselves.
“While several Jewish Democratic lawmakers were critical of the Obama administration’s decision to abstain from voting on Friday’s anti-Israel resolution, they were silent in response to Kerry’s controversial speech, with a few exceptions,” Breitbart’s Adelle Nazarian reported.
On the Democratic side, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.) expressed his unreceptiveness to Kerry’s declaration.
“While I respect the administration’s steadfast efforts to seek successful negotiations aimed at a two state solution, I continue to be deeply disturbed and disappointed by its recent U.N. Security Council abstention,” the New England Senator wrote in his press release. “Secretary Kerry’s speech failed to dispel my strong concerns.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan took to his Twitter account to vent Republicans’ bitter disdain for Kerry’s anti-Israel speech.
“After allowing this anti-Israel resolution to pass the U.N., Secretary Kerry has no credibility to speak on Israeli-Palestinian peace,” Ryan tweeted on Tuesday.
Kerry’s bias against Israel was also noted by James Woolsey, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
“I must say, I don’t think Israel is the provocateur in this,” Woolsey expressed on CNN. “The only way that they are provocateurs is that they exist and the Palestinians don’t want a Jewish state – or a partially Jewish state – or any Jews in that part of the world. And that’s the problem.”
Before Kerry spoke out against Israel, President-elect Donald Trump told his 13 million Twitter followers that he is ready to galvanize America’s relationship with Israel once he takes the keys to the White House next month – especially in areas where the Obama administration severed ties.
“We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect,” Trump posted on Twitter Wednesday. “They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but … not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!”
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