Secretary of State John Kerry is denying that he made any reference to Israel being an apartheid state, aka licking his wounds, covering his tracks, and hoping he doesn’t get fired. Senator Ted Cruz. As reported by Fox News, “the No. 2 House leader saying he should apologize and a Republican senator calling on him to resign. ” Should he? And what damage did his comments do for Israel/US relations
Ah, not since the days of the Carter administrations have our ties with Israel been so….truly damaged. It used to be that the US stood with Israel and had Israel’s back, now we’ve got an ego game. A game where Kerry and Obama are desperate for some kind of global recognition. Its the only rational explanation for their continuous attempts at peace for the sake of peace and not actual, meaningful and lasting peace.
Of course, once Kerry’s little Freudian slip was publicized all hell broke loose and Senator Ted Cruz demanded Kerry be fired. “Mr. President, it is my belief that Secretary Kerry has thus proven himself unsuitable for his position and that before any further harm is done to our alliance with Israel, he should offer President Obama his resignation,” Cruz said. “And the president should accept it.” A nice little pipe dream that shall never come true.
Kerry quickly tired to cover up said slip by saying that anyone who knows him would know that he does not believe that Israel is an apartheid state. He also states
“I have been around long enough to also know the power of words to create a misimpression, even when unintentional, and if I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word to describe my firm belief that the only way in the long term to have a Jewish state and two nations and two peoples living side by side in peace and security is through a two state solution,”
Right…but he still said that Israel was becoming an apartheid state. Comments like that are extremely dangerous. In this case, they are also revealing. Eric Cantor was deeply appalled by Kerry’s comment. He said, “the use of the word apartheid has routinely been dismissed as both offensive and inaccurate, and Secretary Kerry’s use of it makes peace even harder to achieve.” The reason it makes things difficult is because it further proves that Israel no longer has an ally in the White House.
Even Democrats like Barbara Boxer and Mark Begich were disappointed with Kerry. Kerry, reportedly said in a closed door meeting, that if Israel doesn’t make peace, the country would become an apartheid state. We could examine the clear and faulty logic of that statement, but alas Kerry’s idiocy is not the question. The question is, at the end of the day, does Kerry deserve to be fired? Answer: Probably. Will he be: Likely not.
Firing Kerry would ultimately be unproductive and rather pointless. Think of it this way. If Kerry leaves, his royal highness, our
illustrious President, would simply get a new lackey to push his agenda. Kerry is a part of this game, that I do not refute, but he is following orders from the head man himself. Firing him would be too much for Obama, he doesn’t have time between his golf game and vacations to sit and find another Secretary of State.
Kerry is useful to Obama because it keeps him from having to deal with the situation himself, and it gives him an escape from having to face Benjamin Netanyahu. Keeping Kerry focused abroad also keeps him out of Obama’s hair. Its a win-win for Obama.