Secretary of State John Kerry showed his true feelings about Israel, again. He warned about Israel becoming an ‘apartheid’ state if it didn’t reach a compromise with Palestine. It is offensive that he calls one of the more peaceful countries in the Middle East an ‘apartheid’, but not the other more radical countries.
However, if we look at the history, Israel has been the one pushing numerous compromise deals that Palestine has rejected. Even before the creation of an Israeli state, the United Nations offered a proposal in November 1947 called The General Assembly Plan of Partition, which offered an independent Jewish state for Israel, and an independent Arab state for Palestine. However, unfortunately, this was rejected by various Arab countries.
As a result of the 1948 War of Independence, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Old City, and the Gaza Strip were all Arab-owned. Here was another opportunity for Palestine to coexist with Israel as two countries, but the idea was rejected again.
In 1967, Arab countries attempted to eliminate Israel in the Six Day War and failed, losing a great portion of territory. Since then, Israel has attempted numerous more efforts at compromise. In 2000, the Palestinians were offered the following:
“A sovereign state on 95 percent of the territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, an additional piece of land from Israel proper, a capital in East Jerusalem, sovereignty on the Temple Mount, a $30 billion economic package, and the right of 100,000 Palestinian refugees from the war of 1948 to return to the state of Israel under a family reunification proposal.”
Unfortunately, the proposal was once again rejected by the Palestinians. So despite all the efforts of Israel to compromise with Palestine and Arab countries, it is Palestine that has rejected them all. So John Kerry should take a history lesson and not go after Israel to seek compromise.
After an enormous outrage of his comment, Ted Cruz, and others have called for his resignation. Kerry would eventually apologize for his comments, but the question is whether it was truly sincere, or if he was pressured to apologize.
Regardless, John Kerry words were offensive, but should we be surprised? After all, he’s working in the Obama administration, an administration that is filled with many controversial figures and offensive statements made over the past 6 years. With Eric Holder, Susan Rice, and among others, John Kerry is no exception. It is disgusting that this administration tries to negotiate more with our enemies than our allies. They spit in the face of Israel, and our enemies are laughing at how weak we look on the international stage. This embarrassment for the past 6 years is tiring and needs to stop. Choosing a great candidate for 2016 is our hope to renew our relations with Israel and our allies, and to be a strong leader in the world as we used to be.