U.S. fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

Susan Rice
U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said the U.S. was “dismayed” by mischaracterizations of Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts

Washington, DC- The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a “misinformation campaign” against the top American diplomat.

“It’s simply not the way partners and allies treat each other,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Her comments were echoed by the White House, where National Security Adviser Susan Rice said the U.S. was “dismayed” by mischaracterizations of Kerry’s efforts. Israeli media reports have cast Kerry as seeking a cease-fire that is more favorable to Hamas and being dismissive of key Israeli concerns.

Kerry himself, in a speech to the Center for American Progress, noted the criticism but did not give ground.

“Make no mistake, when the people of Israel are rushing to bomb shelters, when innocent Israeli and Palestinian teenagers are abducted and murdered, when hundreds of innocent civilians have lost their lives, I will and we will make no apologies for our engagement,” he said.

In recent days, U.S. officials have been using subtle yet noticeably tougher language in pressing Israel to accept an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire.

The U.S. has made little progress in achieving that objective.

As Kerry returned from the region over the weekend, Israeli media commentators leveled almost nonstop criticism of his attempts to bring Qatar and Turkey — two countries viewed by Israel as strong Hamas supporters — into the cease-fire negotiations. Kerry was also accused of abandoning some of Israel’s key demands during the negotiations, including demilitarizing Gaza.

In trying to implement the cease-fire over the weekend, “U.S. Secretary of State of State John Kerry ruined everything,” wrote columnist Ari Shavit in Monday’s Haaretz, Israel’s leading liberal newspaper. “Very senior officials in Jerusalem described the proposal that Kerry put on the table as a ‘strategic terrorist attack.’”

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer sought to distance his government from that view, saying, “The criticism of Secretary Kerry for his good faith efforts to advance a sustainable cease-fire is unwarranted.”

Salt lake Tribune



13 responses to “U.S. fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry”

  1. let them fume.
    Egypt and israel aree the only states which are directly affected by Gaza
    accepting the qatar/turky proposal and trying to impose an unfair deal towards these two nations is unacceptable to israel.
    Kerry can blow a fuse for all i care and Obama with him.so far the Obama FP proved to be a disaster everywhere their plain landed. allow him to get his way here will end up in scores of dead israelis.
    i don’t want his condolences later , i want to prevent the catastrophy he is a bout to drop on us
    thanks but no thanks, we’ll wait to 2016 ,when a sane group of people re occupy the white house

    1. arzatna1 Avatar

      Robert M. Gates, retired US secretary of defense described Israel as an ungrateful nation . In a meeting of the National Security Council Principals Committee held not long before his retirement Gates laid out the many steps the US has taken to guarantee Israel’s security — access to top-quality weapons, assistance developing missile-defense systems ( such as the Iron Dome), high-level intelligence sharing — and then stated bluntly that the U.S. has received nothing in return. Gates forgot to mention the billions of American taxpayers dollars Israel gets every year from Israel.
      It is obvious from your remark why Gates was right about Israel all along . Time to show gratitude , because if it wasn’t for the US there would be no Israel today.

      1. oh i show my gratitude allright. i just refuse to show it with israeli blood, which is exactly what will happen if we let delutional Karry get his way.
        besides the US got it’s investment back.
        for almost 60 years the only influance the US had in the region was israel, it was the US foot hold in the ME for so many years that all investments were worth it.
        from all the ME countries , israel is also the only one that follows the American pattern of democracy so it as also important from idiological pov to support israel.
        there are plenty of israeli develpos that the US uses, when israel had a deal to sell China classified israeli equipment, the US vetoed it cause same classified systems are installed on US plains. it’s hard to see what exactly Mr Gates meant when he said that.
        the US will save alot of american blood when useing the iron dome and probably other israeli inventions me and you know nothing about

        1. nagy_michael2 Avatar

          Doron with all respect if you are so proud you should refuse american aids and help of any kind. otherwise you guys are lucky enough that the US is the only country in the world that supports you and protects you and you keep backstabbing it by dragging it to the iraqi war. Is there a congressman that can criticize Israel without basically you guys do witch hunt to have removed or fail in next elections.. Iraq war was instigagted by Israel in order to get even with Saddam. but look what you reaped now and so is everybody else..

          1. it’s not pride, it’s contempt.

            it’s contempt for a person, not a state.
            Kerry is delusional , he believes he is a director and the star actor in the movies.
            he acctually believes we will allow Hamas to regroup and attack us again in another time at their choise.
            he actually believes Hamas is acting by western standards and there for judges it by those standards Hamas despises.
            Kerry is so caught up in his dream that the fact Hamas brok all cease fire so far ,still don’t sink in
            Kerry is so delusional that he believes the turks as impartial negotiators when the turk PM goes to extreem to prove he is a jew hater.
            as beautifull as the story/farytale/movie maybe, we’re not buying it, we know Hamas for what it is so hence the contempt

            wrote in a past comment- we wait for 2016 elections. waiting for America to get her backbone back

        2. arzatna1 Avatar

          Your statement reconfirm what Gates had to say about Israel…ungrateful .
          The US got paid well for its support to and by Israel. 9/11 was one of these payments.
          Please don’t compare Israel’s democracy to America’s . America doesn’t kill children

          1. and there you go into conspiracy theories which are nonsense.
            well US killes children as well, any army on the move in urban env kills sometimes civilians.
            the only people i can think of that kill children for sake of killing are among our neighbors to the east, north and south and no! i do not compare myself to them
            they also stone women ,blow churches, mass murders and what have you

          2. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
            Maborlz Ez-Hari

            Your a mirror image of the neighbors to east, north and south. Your the perfect example of what is genocide, between isis ethnically cleansing iraq from Christians and the idf doing the same in Palestine, how are you guys any different. Zionists killing civilians are the same as the extremist head hunters what makes you any different.

          3. arzatna1 Avatar

            What I am stating is not a conspiracy theory .
            Look at the Gaza invasion by Israel. Over 80 % of the people who were killed by Israel are civilians including women and children These are facts that you can get instantly if you care to know the truth.

          4. it is a fact true, 3 more facts regarding the same invasion you’re not aware of or chose to ignore:
            1. Israel called sugaiia civilians to evacuate- Hamas turned sdome back with threats and other chose to stay due to pormises from Hamas they will protect them- none of this happened
            2- now we hit zaitun neighborhood and surprise surprise..civlilans evacuate now that Hamas doesn’t dare to stop them
            3- where are the Hamas fighters? they all dug in tunnels as mice ,they leave the civlians up on the ground to take the fire and produce pics for press.

  2. “…road to hell is full of good intentions…”
    the best way to describe delusional Karry

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Oh hell … lots of Americans ‘fume’ over Kerry and the Government he represents. So what?
    I never understand why people dump on a ‘middle-man’ ……
    …… unless he’s not really in the middle, of course. :-))) Bad-luck Kerry is thinking ‘peace’.

    1. in Kerry’s mind , he can not push Hamas for concessions, which automaticly sends him over to the only ME nation he knows he can push- Israel.
      now that israel is not playing ball..shit hits the fan..after all, if the US can’t tame israel what kind of respect it can command from countries that are already against the US?
      ofcourse , if the US does tame israel then it is by accepting the preasure to accept Hamas’s demands, which makes it looks as if the US is working for the Hamas which in the long run only makes the US even weaker..Kerry might believe he brings peace but then again, so did Chamberlain

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