US Secretary of State John Kerry’s compared the Boston Marathon bombers’ victims with the nine Turkish activists killed by the IDF as they tried to break Gaza’s naval blockade at an Istanbul press conference on Sunday.
Kerry said of the Mavi Marmara
deaths, “I know it’s an emotional issue with some people. I particularly say to the families of people who were lost in the incident we understand these tragedies completely and we sympathize with them.”
He then added, “And nobody – I mean, I have just been through the week of Boston and I have deep feelings for what happens when you have violence and something happens and you lose people that are near and dear to you. It affects a community, it affects a country. We’re very sensitive to that,” Kerry said.
Senior Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Regional Cooperation Minister Silvan Shalom, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, and Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin all made a point of not responding to Kerry's comparison on Monday.