When news began to filter out about John Kerry's warning that without a peace plan Israel may become an apartheid state the criticism began to flow immediately. House GOP leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said Kerry should apologize, while the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee described his use of the term as "offensive." Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx) demanded that Kerry resign for his comment. Barbara Boxer expressed her disappointment (once her staff arrived to explain the big words in the story). Even Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), whose state has only 12 Jews publicly expressed concerns about the Kerry comment.
Heck even the National Jewish Democratic Council, which prefers root canal to criticizing a Democrat bashed Kerry's statement.
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.Missing from the list of expressing disappointment in Kerry's offensive statements were three Jews who hold major leadership positions in the Democratic Party, Chuck Schumer the Democratic Policy Charman in the Senate and Debbie Wasserman Schultz the head of the DNC.
Both of these Democrats say they are strong supporters of Israel, but strangely silent about Kerry's remark. It is very strange that they were silent, well unless they are nothing but political hacks, whose support of the Jewish State can be overruled by the Administration.
On the other hand, Spiderman 2 opens Friday, perhaps they are such big comic book fans they are sleeping in front of of their local movie theaters to ensure they get in to see the first showing of the movie.