John Kerry’s comments about the recent wave of terrorist attacks spreading across the State of Israel are contemptible.
In response to the spate of murders of Jews, Kerry attempted to diagnose the cause by stating, “There’s been a massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years and there’s an increase in the violence because there’s this frustration that’s growing.”
This is an astonishing justification for cold-blooded murder of Israeli men, women and children. John Kerry is offering excuses for the terrorists and blaming the victims with these malignant words. This isn’t the first time he has made such outrageous comments with regards to Israel and his reasoning and logic reveal how broken his moral compass has become.
Kerry’s unfair and unjustified explanations don’t target only Israel. He has never apologized for the false and overstated accusations that he made during the Vietnam War against his comrades-in-arms. His slander included painting them as ravaging hordes in Genghis Khan’s army, using the actions of a few to broadly tarnish the heroism of the American military.
Kerry’s unfair bias and warped perspectives against the State of Israel have surfaced repeatedly in recent years.
In February 2014, Kerry warned that if Israel did not make peace with the Palestinians, it would have to face the “increasing delegitimization campaign that has been building up. People are very sensitive to it. There are talk of boycotts and other kinds of things.”
Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League slammed these comments. “Describing the potential for expanded boycotts of Israel,” Foxman wrote, “makes it more, not less, likely that the talks will not succeed; makes it more, not less, likely that Israel will be blamed if the talks fail; and more, not less, likely that boycotts will ensue.”
Only two months later, Kerry said in a closed-door meeting, “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.”
He later tried apologizing for using the word “apartheid,” but the genie was out of the bottle. That word has very specific connotations and implications in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the fact he could even utter the word is very telling as to utter ignorance of Israel’s thriving democracy.
Then a mere two months after that statement Kerry once again helped to harm Israel when he was captured on a Fox News microphone criticizing an Israeli air strike. Without even knowing all the facts, and notwithstanding Israel’s painstaking efforts to avoid civilians and warn them about impending strikes against terrorist targets, Kerry still had the audacity to offer sarcastic commentary by stating, “It's a hell of a pinpoint operation,” again repeating, “It's a hell of a pinpoint operation.” Clearly, Kerry had a problem with Israel even though they were doing everything in their power to avoid Palestinian civilian casualties while trying to stop the more than 14,000 rockets fired by Hamas from Gaza at Israel.
Kerry conveniently failed to condemn the US last week when the military accidentally bombed an Afghanistan hospital, killing women and children in the process. Is that a “hell of a pinpoint operation” too? Or does that standard only apply to Israel? Now Kerry has again expressed a disturbingly amoral perspective on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and where the blame belongs. Does he really think that settlements are the root cause of cold-blooded killers stabbing women and children? Or that building houses is what causes terrorists to drive their cars into groups of pedestrians, then exit the vehicle and begin hacking to death the injured as they struggle to crawl away? Does he remember what happened in Gaza? How Israel took the advice of international experts and did everything the world asked them to by withdrawing completely from Gaza? How Israel literally removed all 8,500 Israeli citizens from their homes in Gaza before evacuating every single soldier from the area? Gaza at that moment became, in effect, an independent Palestinian state. It could have become the Singapore of the West.
Instead, the Palestinians, in their first and only free democratic election, voted the genocidal Hamas organization into power.
Hamas then took over the Gaza Strip, killing and imprisoning their Palestinian Authority opponents, and proceeded to blast thousands of rockets into Israel.
Israel was then forced to defend itself, and the same experts and world leaders who told Israel to leave Gaza now condemned the Jewish state for simply trying to protect their families from being killed.
Now Kerry is calling for a Palestinian state in the West Bank.
Everyone knows that the Palestinian Authority is corrupt and weak, and if it weren’t being propped up by Israel and by the billions of dollars of international donations that it mostly embezzles, Hamas would overthrow the PA in a matter of days and repeat its Gaza formula in the West Bank, firing untold numbers of missiles at Israel. This inevitable scenario would force the closure of Israel’s international airport and effectively shut down the country. Israel would then be forced to respond with strikes that would lead to a war many times the size of the Gaza conflict. And what would happen? The very same John Kerry and many of his world leader colleagues would muster up their hypocritical righteous indignation and condemn Israel once again.
Kerry has also somehow managed throughout his long political career to avoid criticizing or even making mention of the fact that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has officials who not only call for the spilling of Jewish blood, but also for the genocide of all Jews on Earth. One video documents the grand mufti of Jerusalem – a top religious cleric appointed by Abbas himself – speaking at an official Palestinian Authority event where he calls for the murder of every living Jew.
Has Kerry every condemned this? Has he condemned Hamas’s genocidal chants and daily calls for the killing of all Jews? Has Kerry said anything to condemn Iran’s threats to destroy Israel and commit genocide against the Jews in Israel? Not a peep.
What kind of leadership is this? What has happened to Kerry’s moral compass? North is south and east is west for him.
When Jews are being hacked to death and radicals are contemplating whether to launch the next attack, Kerry’s words are extremely destructive.
Kerry owes an apology to the Jews of Israel to the American people he represents for choosing to justify the murderous attacks committed by radical totalitarian Islamist terrorists against innocent men, women and children.
The writer is the founder of This World: The Values Network, an organization defending Israel in the world media, and a best-selling author of 30 books, including The Israel Warriors Handbook.