In a stunning speech in which he ripped what he called the “settler agenda,” Secretary of State John Kerry said that the nation of Israel had a choice to “either be Jewish or democratic,” but that it could not be both.
The remarks opened new tensions between the Obama administration and Israel, after the United States abstained on a vote against Israel in the Security Council last Friday.
According to WND, Kerry defended the resolution — which condemned Israel for settlement activity in East Jerusalem and the West Bank — as the only way to preserve the two-state solution.
“The truth is that trends on the ground, violence, terrorism, settlement expansion and the seemingly endless occupation, they are combining to destroy hopes for peace on both sides and increasingly cementing … an irreversible one state reality that most people do not actually want,” Kerry said in a speech Wednesday.
“Today, there are a similar number of Jews and Palestinians living between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean Sea. They have a choice. They can choose to live together in one state or they can separate into two states. But here is a fundamental reality,” Kerry said. “If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both. And it won’t ever really be at peace.”
In other words, unless Israel is willing to give a Palestine partially controlled by terror-supporting Hamas their own country, they need to give up their religious heritage.
Now, keep in mind that the reason why there aren’t two states, after the Dayton Accords, is that the Palestinian Authority has constantly accepted terrorism and violence as an acceptable means to influence Israel.
Meanwhile, picture what would have happened if Kerry had issued the same statement to the Palestinians — or, for that matter, any other Islamic nation dealing with a religious or ethnic minority. He would be crucified. Yet, his anti-Semitic statement was mostly given a pass in the media.
Politicians in both Israel and the Republican Party did not give Kerry a pass, however.
“Like the Security Council resolution that Secretary Kerry advanced in the U.N., his speech tonight was skewed against Israel,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, according to Fox News. “For over an hour, Kerry obsessively dealt with settlements and barely touched upon the root of the conflict — Palestinian opposition to a Jewish state in any boundaries.”
“After allowing this anti-Israel resolution to pass the U.N., Secretary Kerry has no credibility to speak on Israeli-Palestinian peace,” House Speaker Paul Ryan added.
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H/T National Review