Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Kerry Backtracks " Apartheid Israel"? Who's He Think He's Fooling?
Apparently U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry felt the need to qualify his outrageous comments on Israel over the weekend.From the Jerusalem Post today:
"I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes," Kerry said in the statement, issued by the State Department. "I do not believe, nor have I ever stated, publicly or privately, that Israel is an apartheid state or that it intends to become one."
'Partisan political purposes'? from the Left leaning Obama friendly Daily Beast, who broke the story?
And that commitment to Israel? Kerry played a major role behind the scenes orchestrating the EU boycott of Israel and their fixation with 'settlements'. And he did it under orders from Obama, guaranteed, even though that kind of boycott is against current U.S. law.
And look at this, from the same statement:
"In the long term, a unitary, binational state cannot be the democratic Jewish state that Israel deserves or the prosperous state with full rights that the Palestinian people deserve," Kerry said. "That’s what I said, and it’s also what Prime Minister Netanyahu has said."
Now, Israel already is a democracy where its Arab minority have full legal and voting rights, and they have throughout Israel's entire existence. On the other hand, Mahmoud Abbas is in year 10 of a four year term, both the PA and Hamas are not even close to being places where law and order reigns. And notice how Kerry omits the bit about 'democratic' when it comes the actual apartheid, unitary state Abbas and Hamas want to put together! It's just 'full rights' - at the expense of Israel, of course.
And Netanyahu saying the same thing? Now, I follow these things pretty closely and the only thing I've heard Netanyahu say on the matter is that he's committed to two democratic states living in peace next to each other. That's what he said in his original speech at Bar-Ilan University on June 14th 2009 and what he's said since - with the added conditions that the new 'Palestine' be demilitarized
and recognize Israel as a Jewish State, both of which the Palestinians refused to do and still refuse to do five years later.
In fact, that almost exactly what Israeli PM Yitzchak Rabin said when he foolishly agreed to the Oslo fiasco...a demilitarized, democratic state of Palestine living next to Israel in peace.
Has Kerry once talked about insisting that the Palestinian Authority or Hamas are required to be peaceful and democratic before they get any U.S. aid? Or used the word 'apartheid' to describe them, which applies far more to them then it ever did to Israel? Has he ever condemned them for building on 'disputed territory'?
I must have missed that. But I haven't missed our secretary of state's pathetic attempt to lie his way out of being caught expressing his true feelings. He's not a senator anymore who has to appeal to an electorate with a substantial pro-Israel component, merely a functionary who says and does what President Obama tells him.
This is spin for the gullible, not an apology of any kind. Once a liar, always a liar,