Wednesday, John Kerry lectured Israel after the UN decided to prevent Israeli settlements.
KERRY: The truth is that trends on the ground, violence, terrorism, incitement, 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. 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. 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. Moreover, the Palestinians will never fully realize their vast potential in a homeland of their own with a one state solution.
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Benjamin Netanyahu was “disappointed” by John Kerry’s speech and returned fire for his anti-Israeli rhetoric.
NETANYAHU: I must express my deep disappointment with the speech today of John Kerry. A speech that was almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the UN last week. In a speech about peace between Palestinians and Israelis, Secretary Kerry played lip service to the unremitting campaign of terrorism that has been waged by the Palestinians against the Jewish state for nearly a century. What he did was to spend most of his speech blaming Israel for the lack of peace by passionately condemning a policy enabling Jews to live in their historic homeland and in their internal capitol Jerusalem. Hundreds of suicide bombings, ten of thousands of rockets, millions of Israeli’s in bomb shelters are not throwaway lines in a speech. They’re the reality that the people of Israel had to endure because of mistaken policies. Policies at the time won the thunderous applause of the world. Israelis do not need to be lectured of the importance of peace by foreign leaders. Israel’s hand has been extended to its neighbors since day one, from its very first day. We pray for peace. We worked for it everyday since then.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said he’s working on a bill to defund the anti-Semitic UN.
GOHMERT: Two things: one, we don’t give a dime to the UN until they rescind that resolution. And people are saying, “Oh, they’ll never do that.” Fine, they don’t need our help to be anti-Semitic. And then the other is, to prevent even one dime, making it a crime to use any government money to recognize Palestine as an independent country or state because that’s what I keep hearing is going to be the next shoe to drop. This administration reminds me of one of my elementary school teachers. Out of six teachers, one loved bullies and she always supported the bullies over the victims. And that’s what this administration does, look at it. Who have they given more money than anybody? Iran, the largest supporter of terrorism. And then you look at who they’re supporting in this – the Palestinians that have wrecked havoc.