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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Ted Cruz 2016!

KOOLAID2 on April 28, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Cruz is right on this one – 100%

jake-the-goose on April 28, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Well, gosh, if everyone in Obama’s cabinet started resigning over “apartheid state” and “those are my people” type comments, who would be left?

de rigueur on April 28, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Well, Rand tells us he likes Susan Collins, and meanwhile, Cruz seems to have pretty well staked out his territory. I’ll stand with Ted, thank you.

bofh on April 28, 2014 at 8:46 PM

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

…Secretary?…for One World Order?

KOOLAID2 on April 28, 2014 at 8:46 PM

I think this is a resigning type statement.

Then as a democrat, he’s due for a promotion. Clinton/Kerry 2016!

Rational Thought on April 28, 2014 at 8:47 PM

And Obama should resign over just about everything.

VorDaj on April 28, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Let x be any action taken by John Kerry in an elected or appointed position of power. Ted Cruz’s statement can be amended to “John Kerry should resign for x.”

Done and done.

Murphy9 on April 28, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Well, gosh, if everyone in Obama’s cabinet started resigning over “apartheid state” and “those are my people” type comments, who would be left?

de rigueur on April 28, 2014 at 8:45 PM

The wooden fence posts in Michelle’s vegetable garden.

Myron Falwell on April 28, 2014 at 8:48 PM

If you shove a pencil in one or Kerry’s ears it falls out the other.

so he is OK.

WryTrvllr on April 28, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Interestingly, no word from Rand Paul on this. But he has “wholeheartedly” endorsed Susan Collins. So there’s that.

Bitter Clinger on April 28, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Then as a democrat, he’s due for a promotion. Clinton/Kerry 2016!

Rational Thought on April 28, 2014 at 8:47 PM

And that ticket would get about 70 to 80% of the American Jewish vote.

VorDaj on April 28, 2014 at 8:48 PM

“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 …”

Heh.

You mean, Sen. Cruz, that his traitorous traits would emerge?

Who could have guessed that? Oh, that would be maybe YOU and the snowbilly …

Palin/Cruz 2016!

ShainS on April 28, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Cruz is right on this one – 100%

jake-the-goose on April 28, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Cruz is right, however, John F’ing Kerry, who committed treason back in 1970, has the morals and ethic’s of a Marxist, so there is absolutely zero chance of him resigning.

oscarwilde on April 28, 2014 at 8:49 PM

If you shove a pencil in one or Kerry’s ears it falls out the other.

so he is OK.

WryTrvllr on April 28, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Just remember to not smell that pencil after it comes out.

VorDaj on April 28, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Kudos to Cruz.

Louie Gohmert did the same on the house floor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXqOceKtqkg&feature=youtu.be

gophergirl on April 28, 2014 at 8:52 PM

So we went from Hillary, who is partly responsible for the deaths of 4 Americans – to include the 1st Ambassador murdered in over 30 years, to this elitist piece of excrement who insults our ally, Israel, on such an incredible day of remembrance.

What another great reflection of a useless, immoral, dishonorable, inept President, the 2nd worthless icon in the department in charge of carrying the flag and (lack of) foreign policy of OBAMA’S PRESIDENCY to the world.

easyt65 on April 28, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Kerry is an embarrassment to the US, he should not be in a position of outreach to the world like this.

thebrokenrattle on April 28, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Folks relax, after all JFK is a democrat; ergo there’s nothing to see here. Now how about that Harry Reid person…….

logicman on April 28, 2014 at 8:53 PM

“But,,,,but…my statement passed the Global Test.”

-John Kerry

Wethal on April 28, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Well atleast he didn’t call them “Jew Janitors “

burrata on April 28, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Well, at least this got Ted Cruz more face time, cause, goodness knows, he just doesn’t get enough normally.

BushyGreen on April 28, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Kerry is there to make Killary look good. What’s he going to do, get two ambassador killed?

rbj on April 28, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Interestingly, no word from Rand Paul on this. But he has “wholeheartedly” endorsed Susan Collins. So there’s that.

Bitter Clinger on April 28, 2014 at 8:48 PM

I’m expecting Rand to come to John Kerry’s defense any minute, you know, in the name of “unity”.

Pork-Chop on April 28, 2014 at 8:59 PM

thanks for nothing ted.

a post on hotgas.

big frickin’deal.

renalin on April 28, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Navy losing sailors and SEALs over emphasis on social issues: by Allen West

“But what Cmdr. Snodgrass really takes on is this sense of politically correct behavior modification by way of intimidation, coercion, and relief of command.”

This is something a third world dictator would do, or an upstart Hitler or Stalin or someone who read “1984″ and thought it was an instruction manual.

VorDaj on April 28, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Our last best hope.

TinFin on April 28, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Israel should tell Kerry they plan on Waterboarding
Palestinians to Cleanse them….

ToddPA on April 28, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Our country used to be pro-Israel. Supporters didn’t used to be considered a fringe group.

crankyoldlady on April 28, 2014 at 9:04 PM

The democrat party is all about emboldening our enemies and pissing of and abandoning our former allies. Well and just generally making the west and America weaker and more vulnerable.

Obama The Destroyer.

jukin3 on April 28, 2014 at 9:05 PM

The democrat party is all about emboldening our enemies and pissing of and abandoning our former allies. Well and just generally making the west and America weaker and more vulnerable.

Obama The Destroyer.

jukin3 on April 28, 2014 at 9:05 PM

That used to be called treason.

oscarwilde on April 28, 2014 at 9:08 PM

There have been many depressing headlines of late, re: GOPe, but, dammit ..

GOD BLESS TEXAS !!!!!

Go Ted !!

pambi on April 28, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Absolutely… 100% right on… The Obama administration, enemy of our allies and friend of our enemies…

mnjg on April 28, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Kerry’s comments are no less racist than Donald Sterlings.

georgealbert on April 28, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Kerry’s comments are no less racist than Donald Sterlings.

georgealbert on April 28, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Both progressive democrats AKA racist fascists.

jukin3 on April 28, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Our country used to be pro-Israel. Supporters didn’t used to be considered a fringe group.

crankyoldlady on April 28, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Right on, COL.
And SOMEONE doesn’t cotton much to turning our back, either.
Mercy, Lord !!!

pambi on April 28, 2014 at 9:11 PM

The ‘Israel is an apartheid state’ is one of the fundamental planks of Oxfam. Oxfam is behind the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. A major beneficiary of the tens of millions of dollars donated to a slew of left-wing causes by Teresa Heinz-Kerry, Lurch’s wife, is, but of course, Oxfam.

Explaining Oxfam’s bigotry against Israel: Oxfam has shown its public face of being part of the bigoted boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against Israel, and has succumbed to the pressure of politically correct leftists, antisemites, and the Palestinian Campaign for the Boycott of Israel

A Century of Palestinian Rejectionism

One would think that John Kerry would be a little more careful in his word choice considering the fact…

It was discovered in early 2003 by genealogist Felix Gundacker[4] that Kerry’s paternal grandparents, Austrian-born shoe merchant Frederick A. “Fred” Kerry (May 11, 1873 – November 23, 1921) and Hungarian-born musician Ida Lowe (February 20, 1877 – January 19, 1960), had changed their names from “Fritz and Ida Kohn” to “Frederick and Ida Kerry” in 1900 and converted from Judaism to Catholicism in 1901[5][6] or 1902[7] They were baptized at the same time as their infant son Eric. Fritz’ brother Otto also embraced Catholicism and took on the “Kerry” name.[4][6] The “Kerry” name, widely misinterpreted as indicative of Irish heritage, was reputedly selected arbitrarily: “According to family legend, Fritz and another family member opened an atlas at random and dropped a pencil on a map. It fell on County Kerry in Ireland, and thus a name was chosen.”[5][7] Leaving their hometown Mödling, a suburb of Vienna where they had lived since 1896, Fred, Ida, and Eric emigrated to the United States in 1905, living at first in Chicago and eventually moving to Brookline, Massachusetts, by 1915.[5]

The village where Fritz Kohn was born was at that time known as Bennisch and was a part of Silesia in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, but is today known as Horní Benešov in the Czech Republic. After learning of his ancestral connection with their village, the mayor and citizens sent congratulatory correspondence to John Kerry with regard to his political pursuits.[6] For a time, Fred Kerry was prosperous and successful in shoe business. He and Ida along with their children Eric (born c. 1901), Mildred (born 1910), and Richard (who would become the father of John Kerry) were able to afford to travel to Europe in the autumn of 1921, returning on October 21. A few weeks later, on November 15, Fred Kerry filed a will leaving everything to Ida and then, on November 23, walked into a washroom of the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston and committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a handgun. The suicide was front-page news in all of the Boston newspapers, reporting at the time that the motive was severe asthma and related health problems, but modern reports cite family sources saying that the motive was financial trouble: “He had made three fortunes and when he had lost the third fortune, he couldn’t face it anymore”, according to granddaughter Nancy Stockslager.[5] John Kerry has said that although he knew his paternal grandfather had come from Austria, he did not know until informed by The Boston Globe on the basis of their genealogical research that Fred Kerry had changed his name from “Fritz Kohn” and had been born Jewish, nor that Ida Kerry’s brother Otto and sister Jenni had died in Nazi concentration camps.

Resist We Much on April 28, 2014 at 9:15 PM

…when you think John Kerry can’t possibly be more embarrassing…he one ups himself!

KOOLAID2 on April 28, 2014 at 9:15 PM

John Kerry’s “Apartheid” Comments “Nonsensical And Ridiculous” Says . . . Barbara Boxer?…

Sen. Barbara Boxer took an apparent swipe at Secretary of State John Kerry, saying on Twitter that any statement comparing Israel to apartheid “is nonsensical and ridiculous.”

While Boxer didn’t mention Kerry by name, the comments seem directed at the Obama administration’s top diplomat, who on Friday in a closed-door meeting with world leaders said Israel runs the risk of becoming “an apartheid state” if no peace deal with Palestine is reached soon. The Daily Beast first reported Kerry’s comments.

Boxer, a Democrat from California, is a frequent ally to the Obama administration and a former colleague of Kerry’s in the Senate. In 2009, Boxer and Kerry worked closely together to introduce a climate change bill.

Fellow Democrat Nita Lowey of New York, ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee, also spoke out on Twitter against the comments, saying: “Inflammatory rhetoric comparing Israel’s democracy to repugnant apartheid policy is irresponsible, inaccurate & counterproductive.”

Resist We Much on April 28, 2014 at 9:16 PM

Pro-Israel groups are none too pleased:

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

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

This regime is h3ll bent on bringing us and our allies down and helping the mullahs get nukes. 20 years of reparation indoctrination and an uneducated plebiscite.

Rea1ityCheck on April 28, 2014 at 9:21 PM

#Hashtag: Racist Foreign Policy

bernzright777 on April 28, 2014 at 9:26 PM

thanks GG

Gohmert….God Bless him.

Ted Cruz was just on with Megyn. She read statements from both Boxer and Begich who both denounced Kerry’s words.

CoffeeLover on April 28, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Cruz is making serious statements while Rand Paul does his democratic imitation……

redguy on April 28, 2014 at 9:28 PM

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

oscarwilde on April 28, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Delusion is a good word, too.

LOVE you, SoRo !! :-)

pambi on April 28, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Kerry the Fairy would fit right in with the New, PC Military. I hope I’m not being obscure.

vnvet on April 28, 2014 at 9:28 PM

So I’m guessing the ketchup gigolo will now force Saudi Arabia and Iran to build Jewish Synagogues and welcome Jews to live and worship on their lands !

burrata on April 28, 2014 at 9:29 PM

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

‘Plantation mentality’ seems appropriate.
Shhhh.

pambi on April 28, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Only lying leftist filth would use the term “apartheid” applied to Israel.

So for Kerry or Obama to say it is about what I would expect. They are lying leftist filth who deserve only scorn.

It is a shame upon our country that we are so worthless and weak and parasitic as to elect Obama twice. Let’s face it: America will likely survive and recover, but if we do not, it’s nothing we didn’t deserve.

Adjoran on April 28, 2014 at 9:31 PM

juan pointed out i defense,”He didn’t say it in public.

Did Mitt say “47%” in public? And that only had domestic implications. Freakin’ amateurs!

KCB on April 28, 2014 at 9:33 PM

ketchup gigolo

burrata on April 28, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Thanks for the LOL!

Vero Beach Florida on April 28, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Cruz is winning.

Bmore on April 28, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Ted Cruz was just on with Megyn. She read statements from both Boxer and Begich who both denounced Kerry’s words.

CoffeeLover on April 28, 2014 at 9:26 PM

On the world’s highest-rated show ??
Most excellent !!
(Might hafta catch the rerun !! )

pambi on April 28, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Cruz is winning.

Bmore on April 28, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Pissing off the right people!

KCB on April 28, 2014 at 9:34 PM

The sad part is that Kerry was an improvement in the SecState position.

Oh well, what difference, at this point, does it make?

questionmark on April 28, 2014 at 9:37 PM

ketchup gigolo

burrata on April 28, 2014 at 9:29 PM

omg….there went my coffee again.

CoffeeLover on April 28, 2014 at 9:38 PM

This is typical passive aggressive Kerry garbage. Like when he called Israeli settlements “illegitimate.”

What this shows is simply that Kerry – much like the President himself and a large chunk of the political Left in America – views Israel as the problem. Kerry is frustrated that his vanity project negotiations aren’t going anywhere and he let the mask slip a bit.

Deep down he is no friend to Israel. Like other Leftists, he’s bought into the relentless grievance mongering of the Palestinian leadership and their enablers, and he preposterously believes that Israel is the main obstacle to peace.

Well, he’s half right. The existence of Israel is the obstacle his friends would like to see removed.

hamiltmc on April 28, 2014 at 9:44 PM

CoffeeLover on April 28, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Will record her rerun, 11pm C.
LOL .. Likely to be posted here, eventually.

pambi on April 28, 2014 at 9:47 PM

The sad part is that Kerry was (purported to be) an improvement in the SecState position.

Oh well, what difference, at this point, does it make?

questionmark on April 28, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Fixed, but excellent point.

pambi on April 28, 2014 at 9:49 PM

pambi on April 28, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Probably….depends on whether the WH political calculation is such as they can use it against TP and Cruz.

Since Boxer and Begich chimed in, I’m no so sure. But then again, with this WH and their media cohorts—nothing would surprise me.

CoffeeLover on April 28, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Ted Cruz ’16!

vityas on April 28, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Long is the list of Obama admin folks who should resign and are way beyond the time when it would’ve been appropriate to do so.

I don’t expect Kerry will, either.

Midas on April 28, 2014 at 9:56 PM

The Muslim in chief wants to isolate Israel. It is over as far as I am concerned. This country is more concerned with Donald Sterling than with Obama’s policy.

alanstern on April 28, 2014 at 9:56 PM

In a statement issued Monday evening, Kerry defended his record as a supporter of Israel but also said, “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.”

Meh, not much of an apology.

kcewa on April 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Does this mean the persecution and killing of Christians in Islamic countries is still OK then?

Annielou on April 28, 2014 at 10:02 PM

juan pointed out i defense,”He didn’t say it in public.

Did Mitt say “47%” in public? And that only had domestic implications. Freakin’ amateurs!

KCB

I guess he agrees with Donald Sterling then.

xblade on April 28, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Palin/Cruz 2016!

ShainS on April 28, 2014 at 8:48 PM

From your lips to God’s ear, my friend.

Midas on April 28, 2014 at 10:03 PM

According to Jimmy Carter, Israel already is an apartheid state. Kerry is behind the times again.

Grammar Nazi on April 28, 2014 at 10:06 PM

On Support for Israel
Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
April 28, 2014

Actually not an apology at all. More like an attack. What an a**. And he’s wrong.

I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes, so I want to be crystal clear about what I believe and what I don’t believe.

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. That’s what I said, and it’s also what Prime Minister Netanyahu has said. While Justice Minister Livni, former Prime Ministers Barak and Ohlmert have all invoked the specter of apartheid to underscore the dangers of a unitary state for the future, it is a word best left out of the debate here at home.

kcewa on April 28, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Palestinians’ demands for peace

LOL, first time I’ve ever heard of anyone demanding peace!
Buffoons all.

bluefox on April 28, 2014 at 10:30 PM

The democrat party is all about emboldening our enemies and pissing of and abandoning our former allies. Well and just generally making the west and America weaker and more vulnerable.

Obama The Destroyer.

jukin3 on April 28, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Fundamentally transform the United States of America.

Mimzey on April 28, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Cruz is right on this one – 100%

jake-the-goose on April 28, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Actually both Barbara Boxer and Ted Cruz are both right on this one. Think about that some. Also think about someone who appointed someone as Sec of State that both Barbara Boxer and Ted Cruz agree blew it big time.

Linh_My on April 28, 2014 at 11:02 PM

gophergirl on April 28, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Glad to hear Louie Gohmert did the same on the House Floor.

Resist We Much on April 28, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I had never known the background on Kerry, so thanks. Don’t recall him ever mentioning it either. Also the connection on Oxfam is puzzling. I’ve read some about that boycott etc of Israel on a couple of other sites, but Kerry and or his wife weren’t mentioned.

Also what Kerry said was “pre-approved”, I’m sure of that.

Thanks for your great research and reporting!!

Hope you’re feeling better too.

bluefox on April 28, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Meh, not much of an apology.

kcewa on April 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM

This was no slip of the tongue by Kerry. This was intentional and done on purpose. He knew exactly what he was saying.

When someone calls a person a racist, they do it intentionally.

He needs to resign.

bluefox on April 28, 2014 at 11:25 PM

While Justice Minister Livni, former Prime Ministers Barak and Ohlmert have all invoked the specter of apartheid to underscore the dangers of a unitary state for the future, it is a word best left out of the debate here at home.

kcewa on April 28, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Oh, he’s P.O.’d bigtime!! So he’s bringing in Barak & Ohlmert to lessen the outrage of his word against Israel? Wow.

You are so right, that wasn’t an apology at all! Also in the statement he also said this: “First, Israel is a vibrant democracy and 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. Anyone who knows anything about me knows that without a shred of doubt.” (my emphasis)

He’s denying he ever said that, isn’t he?

bluefox on April 28, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Oh, he’s P.O.’d bigtime!! So he’s bringing in Barak & Ohlmert to lessen the outrage of his word against Israel? Wow.

bluefox on April 28, 2014 at 11:46 PM

In case anyone’s not up to date, that would be Olmert.

Shy Guy on April 28, 2014 at 11:52 PM

bluefox on April 28, 2014 at 11:46 PM

In case anyone’s not up to date, that would be Olmert.

Shy Guy on April 28, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Thanks. The spelling Ohlmert was in Kerry’s Statement tho.

bluefox on April 28, 2014 at 11:58 PM

…people don’t want Cruz to run for Prez…because he hasn’t been a Senator long enough?…screw them!…I want him as one of the candidates!

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2014 at 12:03 AM

P.S. The Kelly File with Cruz should be on FNC, atm. (11pm, C)

pambi on April 29, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Thanks. The spelling Ohlmert was in Kerry’s Statement tho.

bluefox on April 28, 2014 at 11:58 PM

My point wasn’t the spelling. My point was this news link.

Shy Guy on April 29, 2014 at 12:14 AM

You are so right, that wasn’t an apology at all! Also in the statement he also said this: “First, Israel is a vibrant democracy and 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. Anyone who knows anything about me knows that without a shred of doubt.” (my emphasis)

He’s denying he ever said that, isn’t he?

bluefox on April 28, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Well, this is Jawn F’n Kerry (who served in Viet Nam). So it’s quite possible that he was for it before he was against it. Or against it before he was for it. Or something.

bofh on April 29, 2014 at 12:17 AM

…people don’t want Cruz to run for Prez…because he hasn’t been a Senator long enough?…screw them!…I want him as one of the candidates!

KOOLAID2 on April 29, 2014 at 12:03 AM

Well, many didn’t want him to be a Senator either:-) Rove etal supported Dewhurst, so you know the GOPe’s did too.

A governor works for his State, where Cruz has worked for the Country and the American people. That’s my opinion anyway.

I can’t think of any Governor that I’d support at the moment. Maybe Perry. There is a former Gov that I’d support for sure:-)

bluefox on April 29, 2014 at 12:33 AM

P.S. The Kelly File with Cruz should be on FNC, atm. (11pm, C)

pambi on April 29, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Thanks pambi!! I’m taping now.

bluefox on April 29, 2014 at 12:35 AM

bluefox on April 28, 2014 at 11:58 PM

My point wasn’t the spelling. My point was this news link.

Shy Guy on April 29, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Oh, sorry. I’m watching the weather channel, listening to streaming radio and running a scan on my desktop and blogging on my laptop, LOL

Will check out the link. Thanks for alerting me!!

bluefox on April 29, 2014 at 12:38 AM

bluefox on April 28, 2014 at 11:46 PM

Well, this is Jawn F’n Kerry (who served in Viet Nam). So it’s quite possible that he was for it before he was against it. Or against it before he was for it. Or something.

bofh on April 29, 2014 at 12:17 AM

He got caught and is not even man enough to admit it. If he didn’t say it, then why issue a statement?

Senator Cruz wouldn’t have called for his resignation if it hadn’t been true.

That’s pretty bad to say what he said and then lie about saying it!!

bluefox on April 29, 2014 at 12:42 AM

State Department: Shields up!

Our tax dollars at work!

Shy Guy on April 29, 2014 at 12:44 AM

Judge Richard Goldstone’s Mea Culpa, in the Pages of the New York Times!

Judge Richard Goldstone has done great harm to Israel. The Goldstone Report, as many writers on this website have documented in the past few years, has been used by Israel haters around the world as the main weapon in the campaign to delegitimize Israel. This past April, Goldstone ran an op-ed in the Washington Post that he had submitted to the New York Times but which the paper’s editors turned down. In that piece, Goldstone re-evaluated some of the conclusions he had signed onto when the 2009 report was issued. Readers of that April op-ed could easily see its tentative nature and its rather half-hearted repudiation of the original damage the judge had done.

But this morning, readers of the New York Times were stunned to find a new op-ed by Goldstone, which not only is a personal mea culpa of the most dramatic sort, but one that blasts one of the major arguments regularly engaged in by the hate-Israel Left, especially the reprehensible Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and former President Jimmy Carter. Titled “Israel and the Apartheid Slander,” the judge, in effect, also answers the approach regularly taken by the editors of the paper in which his article appears.

Goldstone begins with noting that “it is important to separate legitimate criticism of Israel from assaults that aim to isolate, demonize and delegitimize it.” In effect, the judge is referring to his own previous report and those of its many leftist and anti-Semitic defenders.

Most surprisingly, the judge, who grew up in South Africa and knows apartheid well, refers to the “particularly pernicious and enduring canard that is surfacing again,” which “is that Israel pursues ‘apartheid’ policies.” In writing this, he is trying to head off in advance the mock trial taking place next week in Cape Town, held by the ’60s leftover of the far Left, the so-called Russell Tribunal, convened decades ago by the late Bertrand Russell as a mechanism to condemn the United States in the Vietnam War era. As Goldstone writes, “It is not a ‘tribunal.’ The ‘evidence’ is going to be one-sided and the members of the ‘jury’ are critics whose harsh views of Israel are well known.”

Most importantly, Goldstone calls the charge that Israel is an apartheid state an “unfair and inaccurate slander against Israel.” First, he tells his readers what apartheid really was in South Africa, and then concludes with the following:

In Israel, there is no apartheid. Nothing there comes close to the definition of apartheid under the 1998 Rome Statute: “Inhumane acts … committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime.” Israeli Arabs — 20 percent of Israel’s population — vote, have political parties and representatives in the Knesset and occupy positions of acclaim, including on its Supreme Court. Arab patients lie alongside Jewish patients in Israeli hospitals, receiving identical treatment.

Turning to the West Bank, Goldstone notes that there, too, “there is no intent to maintain ‘an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group.’”

While South Africa’s apartheid was meant to enforce racial separation to benefit the white minority, Israel “has agreed in concept to the existence of a Palestinian state in Gaza and almost all of the west Bank, and is calling for the Palestinians to negotiate the parameters.”

Moreover, Goldstone adds that since Israel is under threat of attacks from both of those areas, it has to take measures “necessary for self defense.” To deal with the substantive issues that divide both sides by making the claim of apartheid, he argues, muddies the water and makes solving the disputes harder. He then writes:

Those seeking to promote the myth of Israeli apartheid often point to clashes between heavily armed Israeli soldiers and stone-throwing Palestinians in the West Bank, or the building of what they call an “apartheid wall” and disparate treatment on West Bank roads. While such images may appear to invite a superficial comparison, it is disingenuous to use them to distort the reality. The security barrier was built to stop unrelenting terrorist attacks; while it has inflicted great hardship in places, the Israeli Supreme Court has ordered the state in many cases to reroute it to minimize unreasonable hardship. Road restrictions get more intrusive after violent attacks and are ameliorated when the threat is reduced.

Finally, Goldstone writes that “Israel, unique among democracies, has been in a state of war with many of its neighbors who refuse to accept its existence.” He concludes with these words, which I highlight in bold:

The charge that Israel is an apartheid state is a false and malicious one that precludes, rather than promotes, peace and harmony.

One cannot help but speculate on what accounts for this startling change on the part of Judge Goldstone. Perhaps, coming soon after Yom Kippur, the judge took the New Year personally and decided that it was time to personally atone for the sins he had done to Israel. Perhaps the many critiques of his report from writers like Alan M. Dershowitz and Peter Berkowitz, whom Goldstone heard debate on the subject in California, hit home and affected him deeply.

As Tom Gross has noted on his own blog, Goldstone’s op-ed is a direct repudiation as well of so-called human rights groups that spend all of their time criticizing Israel while avoiding any condemnation of Arab violations of human rights, and of groups like Israel’s B’Teselem, whose director Jessica Montell has said that Israel is “worse than apartheid in South Africa.”

Resist We Much on April 29, 2014 at 12:49 AM

Shy Guy on April 29, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Just finished reading that article. Wow, I wasn’t aware of any of that. I do recall that when President Clinton was meeting with Olmert and seeing him here in the States, that I didn’t trust him.
Don’t ask me why, it was just a gut feeling.

Is that the same Holyland org. that was in the States?

How awful what they did, to betray one’s own Country & People.

This was a related article that had a little more info on Kerry, etc.
http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/US-State-Department-does-not-deny-Kerry-Israel-apartheid-warning-350690

bluefox on April 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM

NJDC reaffirms the importance of the State of Israel as the Jewish state and as a critical ally to the United States.

Our alliance with Israel is critical for them, much less so for us.

Actually, more of a burden to us.

Tlaloc on April 29, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Is that the same Holyland org. that was in the States?

bluefox on April 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM

Ahahahahahahaha!

No this is a major real estate scandal in Jerusalem. It’s so simple:

Spot the eyesore

:)

Shy Guy on April 29, 2014 at 1:22 AM

Actually, more of a burden to us.

Tlaloc on April 29, 2014 at 1:21 AM

We’re working on it.

Shy Guy on April 29, 2014 at 1:24 AM

bluefox on April 29, 2014 at 1:08 AM

Ahahahahahahaha!

No this is a major real estate scandal in Jerusalem. It’s so simple:

Spot the eyesore

:)

Shy Guy on April 29, 2014 at 1:22 AM

:-) Well, how would I know? An eyesore is a good description. I hesitate to ask, but is this connected to Olmert and the others awaiting sentencing? I don’t understand all they did yet.

Anyway, tomorrow is another day and I’m getting ready to log off.

Goodnight to all still up!

bluefox on April 29, 2014 at 1:50 AM

I hesitate to ask, but is this connected to Olmert and the others awaiting sentencing? I don’t understand all they did yet.

bluefox on April 29, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Olmert as Jerusalem’s former mayor and even once in office as Prime Minister, granted approval and used his influence to enable all sorts of projects, in return for money and influence.

Six years is too little for him.

Shy Guy on April 29, 2014 at 1:55 AM

bluefox on April 29, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Olmert as Jerusalem’s former mayor and even once in office as Prime Minister, granted approval and used his influence to enable all sorts of projects, in return for money and influence.

Six years is too little for him.

Shy Guy on April 29, 2014 at 1:55 AM

I read that first article you linked to and all of the people that were found guilty, including Olmert. Six years does sound like a light sentence, considering his position.

Thanks for explaining.

bluefox on April 29, 2014 at 2:04 AM

The Stupid is strong in this one.
Sadly he is our Secretary of State and represents US around the World.
We are so screwed.
The people of Kiev, Tallin, Vilnius, and Tel Aviv know the score, and they know they are on their own while King Putt remains in office.
Just think how difficult it will be to erradicate HIS followers from the government service after Janurary 2017.
And HE has almost 1000 DAYS to bury his minions into the fabric of government. Feel better anyone?

Missilengr on April 29, 2014 at 2:57 AM

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