Ted Cruz: John Kerry should resign over that “apartheid” comment

posted at 8:41 pm on April 28, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

As Ed described this morning, Secretary of State John Kerry remarked behind closed doors last week that Israel is at risk of becoming an “apartheid state” unless it gets moving on meeting Palestinians’ demands for peace and a two-state solution — and Kerry is coming under all kinds of fire for the comments. Pro-Israel groups are none too pleased:

NJDC reaffirms the importance of the State of Israel as the Jewish state and as a critical ally to the United States.  We remain grateful for the support of the Administration and Congress.  That support is important not just because Israel represents a continuation of the resistance to the evil of anti-semitism, but because of the values of democracy and human rights shared with America.

For that reason, we express our deep disappointment that the Secretary of State has chosen to invoke the specter of “apartheid” in discussing his concerns about the failing peace process.  We reject entirely that racially-based governance inherent in that word in any way describes Israel, as well as the implication that the government of Israel uses such prejudice to formalize disadvantages for any of its citizens or neighbors.  It is surprising that Secretary Kerry would use this term and he should apologize and eschew the use of that formulation in the future.

Nor are many members of Congress, and on Monday afternoon, Sen. Ted Cruz called for Kerry’s resignation:

“I was convinced that as Secretary of State John Kerry would place what he considered to be the wishes of the international community above the national security interests of the United States. I fear with these most-recent ill-chosen remarks, Secretary Kerry has proven those concerns well founded,” Cruz said in a floor speech. “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 and the President should accept it.” …

“The term ‘apartheid’ means ‘apart’ — different, isolated — the state of the victims of apartheid with which the Jews are all too familiar. The notion that Israel would go down that path, and so face the same condemnation that met South Africa, is unconscionable,” Cruz said. “The fact that Secretary Kerry sees nothing wrong with making such a statement on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day demonstrates a shocking lack of sensitivity to the incendiary and damaging nature of his rhetoric.”

Krauthammer agrees:

It’s beyond nonsense, it’s pernicious and extremely harmful. What the Secretary of State of the United States has succeeded in doing, in what he thought was a private comment, is to echo and therefore to legitimize the worst of the libelous claims against the Jewish state. If there is one minority in the Middle East that enjoys the rule of law, and protection, and democracy it is Arabs in Israel. One out of every five Israelis is a Palestinian, overwhelming they are Muslim. There are Arabs in the government, in the Supreme Court, in all walks of life, in the universities.
There’s actually affirmative action if you are a Palestinian in the universities. And to compare that in anyway with the systematic discrimination against black Africans in South Africa is truly appalling and hurtful. I think Cruz is right, this is beyond something requiring a apology. I think this is a resigning type statement.


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I am completely baffled as to why a group of people that have endured so much hardship keeps throwing in with those who don’t have your best interests in mind.

arnold ziffel on April 28, 2014 at 9:19 PM

They are deceived, brainwashed, and just plain old fashioned stupid.

oscarwilde on April 28, 2014 at 9:21 PM

It’s more complicated than that, as much as I wish they stop voting for the Dems…for many Jewish Americans voting left/Dem is almost a reflex, historically most of those who got here pre and post-war were escaping right-wing regimes in europe, that were rounding them up and sending them to death, or persecuting them in various ways.. Once safe here, say, if you were them, would you trust the political right in your adoptive country, or assciate with and vote for them? It’s a tough one…It takes time to make that mental shift, a few generations if you want, to start trusting the right…of course in reality it’s all a conceptual and definitional mess, if you ask me the current Dems have more in common with the European right wing and the Nazis of the past, than the current American right wing here, no doubt in my mind about it, but historically people cling to old definitions and to stories and experiences that have been passed down to them via their familly and social networks. Only the pragmatic and the business-oriented Jews (as in business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners) vote right, or the Wall Street types…very few middle class Jews do…

jimver on April 29, 2014 at 3:08 AM

I’m surprised Kerry didn’t take the example of his boss and deflect the issue that was raised, taking the opportunity to disparage his own nation instead.
“Well, Israel’s still got some work to do, just like the United States still has some work to do on the issues.”
Up your game, John!

Gymistokles on April 29, 2014 at 3:38 AM

No surprise here. Obama made it clear early on that he sat at the Palestinian table and supported their demands. Kerry is the perfect representative for Obama and his Muslim interest.

I forget the christian order, Franciscan I think, that said if they raise a child to the age of six, he would be forever a christian. Obama had that experience except it was the Muslim religion he was taught as a child. I have wondered, being the narcissist that he is,if he came to the presidency thinking that he would rise to be one of the great Muslim leaders of his time. Certainly appeared to be his purpose in Egypt, only they were not so enthusiastic to embrace him. The Arab Spring was round two. Lost that one too, and now Israel. Interesting how he removed sanctions on Iran, sworn enemy of Israel,and now is preparing to apply those sanctions to Israel simply because Israel will not accept all the Palestinian demands and give up anything that they put on the table.

Israel did once offer the Palestinians almost everything they asked for but the Palestinians refused it, because Israel would still exist. Nothing has changed. Their demand is apparently fine with Kerry.

Franklyn on April 29, 2014 at 3:54 AM

Whatever. When you guys quit overwhelmingly voting democrat we can talk.

I am completely baffled as to why a group of people that have endured so much hardship keeps throwing in with those who don’t have your best interests in mind.

arnold ziffel on April 28, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Amen.

WryTrvllr on April 29, 2014 at 4:43 AM

escaping right-wing regimes in europe, that were rounding them up and sending them to death, or persecuting them in various ways.

jimver on April 29, 2014 at 3:08 AM

Umm, to which right wing regimes are you referring? The socialists? Or the communists?

WryTrvllr on April 29, 2014 at 4:51 AM

for many Jewish Americans voting left/Dem is almost a reflex, historically most of those who got here pre and post-war were escaping right-wing regimes in europe, that were rounding them up and sending them to death, or persecuting them in various ways..

jimver on April 29, 2014 at 3:08 AM

I presume you are referring to the National Socialist party in Germany or perhaps the Communist Party in the Soviet Union? What on earth makes either one of these organizations right wing, except the word of left wingers?

rhombus on April 29, 2014 at 7:42 AM

for many Jewish Americans voting left/Dem is almost a reflex, historically most of those who got here pre and post-war were escaping right-wing regimes in europe, that were rounding them up and sending them to death, or persecuting them in various ways..

jimver on April 29, 2014 at 3:08 AM

That also does not take into account that the majority of Jews voting
Democrat today never experienced, nor did their parents, the things you are describing.

No, something else is at work here and it has little to do with the Nazis.

Cleombrotus on April 29, 2014 at 8:04 AM

for many Jewish Americans voting left/Dem is almost a reflex, historically most of those who got here pre and post-war were escaping right-wing regimes in europe, that were rounding them up and sending them to death, or persecuting them in various ways..

jimver on April 29, 2014 at 3:08 AM

On the day of the 2nd election of Barak Hussein Obama, I was sitting with my Jewish designer friend and her husband who is a Democrat activist and asked them why they voted for him. Her response? She said she thought it unfair that the white rich have all the benefits.

This was in their apartment on 5th Avenue in New York City.

Cleombrotus on April 29, 2014 at 8:07 AM

My take.

kingsjester on April 29, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Will we ever hear the end of this absurd fantasy of a “two state solution” from fools? All the Palestinians & most of the wretched Muslim world want and will ever want is the total annihilation of Israel and its population. It’s even a matter of their absurd and disgusting Islam. This is what the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, that willing friend of Adolf Hitler, wanted in the 40s and it included the killing of all the Jewish inhabitant so there would be no Jewish refugee problem.

IMO the only “solution” is the one state solution described in the book “The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East” by Caroline Glick. This would be more that the surrounding blood thirsty Muslims deserve but it might be possible if the miserable Muslim world suffers enough through its own self-destruction.

Chessplayer on April 29, 2014 at 8:28 AM

One could take the President’s response as his affirmation or rejection of the obnoxious sentiment expressed by Secretary Kerry. My suspicion is he will ignore what was said.

RoBanJo on April 29, 2014 at 8:52 AM

IMO the only “solution” is the one state solution described in the book “The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East” by Caroline Glick.

Chessplayer on April 29, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Glick advocates granting full Israeli citizenship to the Arabs of Judea and Samaria. That is suicidal.

This is not:

An Alternative to a ‘Palestinian’ State

Shy Guy on April 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Cruz is cynically trying to establish some bonafides here.
It’s an ‘Oy vey’ in a Texas twang.
Most Israelis and those truly informed and concerned will pay no mind to this bit of patrony.
But this wasn’t for them…it was for Sheldon Adelson.

verbaluce on April 29, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Most Israelis and those truly informed and concerned will pay no mind to this bit of patrony.

verbaluce on April 29, 2014 at 9:25 AM

We Israelis are paying no mind to such an opinion as yours.

Shy Guy on April 29, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Apartheid 101 for John Kerry

Shy Guy on April 29, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Kerry was just in a little bit of a snit because the Isrealis and the Palestinians aren’t cooperating in Kerry’s quest to get his own Nobel Peace Prize. Also, it’s much cooler to blame Isreal for everything. He, like Nobama, couldn’t care less about what’s good for the United States.

mbfoxtrot on April 29, 2014 at 10:01 AM

There’s something about Texans!

Gohmert call for Kerry to “stand down”

Shy Guy on April 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

bluefox on April 28, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Oh my, how will Kerry ever reach his goal of being the Second Coming of John Fitzgerald Kennedy if people find out his grandparents were Eastern European Jews????

mbfoxtrot on April 29, 2014 at 10:14 AM

The only reasonable solution to the Palestinians is that they must be pushed into the sea and denied the right to exist.

People who want to throw in with Hamas or Fatah should by all rights be forced to live under the same threats and hatred they direct towards Israel and the Jews. It would be entirely fitting if Israel were to copy their charters and simply replace “Israel” with “Palestine” and “Jews” with “Palestinians” and act accordingly.

BKennedy on April 29, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I presume you are referring to the National Socialist party in Germany or perhaps the Communist Party in the Soviet Union? What on earth makes either one of these organizations right wing, except the word of left wingers?

Calling something socialist doesn’t make it so (a lesson the right really needs to internalize). The DDR (east germany wasn’t a democratic republic despite the name. Similarly the “National Socialists” were not socialists at all but fascists, which is indeed extreme right wing.

Consider the Nazi movement was marked by extreme nationalism, militarism, aggressive foreign policy, and xenophobia. That description doesn’t fit at all with the left which strongly tends global (or local) over national, shies away from militarism, by and large opposes “strong” foreign policy (as in unilateral and especially aggressive moves on that scale), and celebrates diversity.

Exit question for those still insisting the Nazis were socialists-
A number of very big corporations ran all over themselves to work with the nazis (including IBM) because they could make record profits doing so. When was the last time you heard anyone associate “socialism” and “record corporate profits”?

Tlaloc on April 29, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Tlaloc on April 29, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Well, reading comprehension wasn’t your strong suit. Businesses fall over themselves to work with this socialist govt today so why would it surprise you that they would do the same then. Business is neither right or left. They are green, as in money.

The Nazis – As in National Socialists – were a left wing party. They differed somewhat frmo their fascist brethern in Italy and their communist cousins in Russia who thay hated. But they all believed in govt, everything for the state, everything within the state.

You may continue to use the right wing, which the left as deftly used to deflect their own communist, socialist and fascist policies they use which track almost identically with the nazis of WWII.

Socialism is not of the right. The Nazis were socialists. Were they right of the communists? Just a little, but still left.

Zomcon JEM on April 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM

I think the BoTox has gone to Lurch’s head.

Fleuries on April 29, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Calling something socialist doesn’t make it so (a lesson the right really needs to internalize). The DDR (east germany wasn’t a democratic republic despite the name. Similarly the “National Socialists” were not socialists at all but fascists, which is indeed extreme right wing.

Consider the Nazi movement was marked by extreme nationalism, militarism, aggressive foreign policy, and xenophobia. That description doesn’t fit at all with the left which strongly tends global (or local) over national, shies away from militarism, by and large opposes “strong” foreign policy (as in unilateral and especially aggressive moves on that scale), and celebrates diversity.

Exit question for those still insisting the Nazis were socialists-
A number of very big corporations ran all over themselves to work with the nazis (including IBM) because they could make record profits doing so. When was the last time you heard anyone associate “socialism” and “record corporate profits”?

Tlaloc on April 29, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Something the left really needs to internalize (aka get a CLUE about) is the idea that the political spectrum isn’t government vs. corporations, it’s government vs. individuals.

Corporatism is functionally the same as Communism – government control over the means of production to control all aspects of the lives of individuals. There is literally no difference between a corporatist IBM and a Ministry of Technology except for the logo and the title the commissar is given.

BKennedy on April 29, 2014 at 12:47 PM

One more thing Tialoc:

The idea the left is not marked by militarism, aggressive foreign policy, and xenophobia is easily put to lie. Ask the Baltic States or Poland if the USSR wasn’t expansionist. Remember the Bay of Pigs? Real soft-footed foreign policy there.

Ask anyone who suffered Che and Castro’s “revolution” about how it abhorred militarism and xenophobia. Nationalism is *sometimes* underplayed – but the “mother Russia” jokes didn’t come from the Russia led by the Tsars.

Only left-wingers can be so ignorant of history. It requires at least 16 years of false education to get that deliberately stupid. “Diversity” my rear end. The left demands the eradication of the only diversity that matters: diversity of thought.

BKennedy on April 29, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Franklyn on April 29, 2014 at 3:54 AM

I think you’re referring to the Jesuit saying,

Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man.

It’s supposed to have been said by Ignatius of Loyola who founded the Jesuit order.

INC on April 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Antisemitism seems to be a part of the Left’s political DNA.

INC on April 29, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Antisemitism seems to be a part of the Left’s political DNA.

INC on April 29, 2014 at 1:49 PM

The left also tolerates Jew-hatred because it is a part of the radical black community, the new hispanic demographic that they seek, and of course the muzzies.

slickwillie2001 on April 29, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Well, reading comprehension wasn’t your strong suit. Businesses fall over themselves to work with this socialist govt today so why would it surprise you that they would do the same then.

You correctly located a contradiction but drew the wrong conclusion. The correct conclusion is, of course, that you are once again applying socialism to mean something you don’t like rather than it’s actual definition.

The Nazis – As in National Socialists – were a left wing party.

Sorry, no. As the saying goes you aren’t entitled to your own facts. As I pointed out in my first post everything about the nazis is right wing, the nationalism, the militarism, the fascism, the xenophobia, even the theocratic trappings. Yes they called themselves socialists but what you choose to call yourself is distinct from what you actually are.

Socialism is not of the right. The Nazis were socialists.

well 50% right is better. Socialism is left. Nazi’s were not socialists except in name.

Tlaloc on April 29, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Something the left really needs to internalize (aka get a CLUE about) is the idea that the political spectrum isn’t government vs. corporations, it’s government vs. individuals.

There’s more than one spectrum.

The idea the left is not marked by militarism, aggressive foreign policy, and xenophobia is easily put to lie. Ask the Baltic States or Poland if the USSR wasn’t expansionist. Remember the Bay of Pigs? Real soft-footed foreign policy there.

Fair enough wrt the soviets, they were an expansive imperial power. They were however not all that leftist. They varied. You had the real communists (leftists) like Lenin, and then you had the pure autocratic tyrants like Stalin (centrist). Just using those two as examples I think it’s clear the expansionism was much more a function of the tyrants than the communists.

Since Bay of Pigs was an attack by the distinctly not communist US on the communist Cuba I’m not sure how that helps your point.

Ask anyone who suffered Che and Castro’s “revolution” about how it abhorred militarism and xenophobia.

Your argument is missing the key word there: “revolution.” Both were popular rebellions.

Tlaloc on April 29, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Just picking up where I left off earlier. I’ve just scanned some of the comments that have been posted since then.

I’m confused by the use of the terms “left” and “right” to describe some of the most murderous regimes in the world.

bluefox on April 29, 2014 at 7:42 PM

That also does not take into account that the majority of Jews voting
Democrat today never experienced, nor did their parents, the things you are describing.

No, something else is at work here and it has little to do with the Nazis.

Cleombrotus on April 29, 2014 at 8:04 AM

That is an important point. I would also add that one would think they would be more careful who they follow, due to the history of their ancestors.

But again, I have a couple in my family that always vote for the Dems, because their parents did:-) Don’t confuse them with facts either, LOL

bluefox on April 29, 2014 at 11:02 PM

This is not:

An Alternative to a ‘Palestinian’ State

Shy Guy on April 29, 2014 at 9:03 AM

I like that thinking outside of the Oslo box. I’ve found in life that very few options are an either or an or.

bluefox on April 29, 2014 at 11:04 PM

My take.

kingsjester on April 29, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Well put, KJ.

bluefox on April 29, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Resist We Much on April 29, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Nice write up RWM, thanks.

bluefox on April 30, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Consider the Nazi movement was marked by extreme nationalism, militarism, aggressive foreign policy, and xenophobia. That description doesn’t fit at all with the left which strongly tends global (or local) over national, shies away from militarism, by and large opposes “strong” foreign policy (as in unilateral and especially aggressive moves on that scale), and celebrates diversity.

Well, first of all, the National Socialists said they were socialists. That’s what we call a “clue”.

Second, the difference between National Socialism, and International Socialism, seems to confuse you. Both encourage aggressive, even military, action against their enemies. They both establish totalitarian states, which seek to suppress dissent at home and overthrow enemy states abroad. Both establish State ownership, or at least control, over all entities; both unions and businesses are State puppets. Religion must support the State’s interests, or be suppressed. And while people are welcome to come into the State’s control, emigration is forbidden. The State is all.

On the Right, we seek to convince our adversaries through the use of reason and logic, not force. We are highly unlikely to physically attack anyone, unless they physically threaten us first. We abhor totalitarianism, and expect both unions and businesses to be separate entities which act in their own interests rather than that of the State. We believe in freedom of thought, speech, and religion; even when it is at odds with the interests of the State. And while we would limit the numbers of those immigrating, emigration is free and unhindered: If you don’t like it here, then leave with our blessings. The State serves the People, at the People’s pleasure.

ReggieA on April 30, 2014 at 4:59 PM

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