Former US ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk described the Boston terror attack
as a shock to the system, remarking that “Israel is usually Ground Zero for
terrorism” in an interview on Channel 2’s Meet the Press program on Saturday
“It’s strange that I’m here...
and now it’s happening
back home,” he said. “Home grown terrorism is a very scary thing... to imagine
that they are in our beds.”
Indyk added that while people turn to
extremist actions for a range of motives, the Internet facilitates “moving to an
extreme point,” providing readily available extremist ideologies.
former ambassador opined that the attack would not have any affect on United
States policy in the Middle East, saying he believes that people draw a
distinction between having to fight terrorism and avoiding ground
“[US President Barak] Obama’s use of drones has led the US public
to believe they have an easy way of dealing with it,” he added.
to US involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Indyk said that the “onus
is on [Secretary of State John] Kerry.”
While he does not agree with
Kerry’s recently stated opinion
that opportunity for peace is “going out the
window,” Indyk said he is glad that secretary of state sees the situation in
this way, as it inspires him to act.
Indyk also expressed the opinion
that Obama is skeptical, but would support Kerry if he put a fair proposal on
“If Kerry fails, and the US ends its involvement [in the peace
process], then Israel is the one that will end up paying the price,” he warned.