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Kerry caught on open mic, apparently concerned by Israel's Gaza operation

Posted by on Jul. 21, 2014 at 9:38 AM
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Kerry caught on open mic, apparently concerned by Israel's Gaza operation


"It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry says to aide ahead of Fox News interview. "We've got to get over there."

John Kerry

John Kerry Photo: REUTERS

US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to express frustration with Israel's operation in Gaza privately while publicly trumpeting the Jewish State's right to defend itself.

According to Politico, an open mic caught Kerry saying to an aide over the phone prior to an interview with Fox News Sunday, "It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation.”

Kerry appeared to be expressing frustration that the Israeli ground invasion was spiraling out of control in the conversation.

"We’ve got to get over there. Thank you John. I think John, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around."

In the interview itself,  Kerry called on Hamas to consider acease-fire. "It is important for Hamas to now step up and be reasonable and understand that (if) you accept the cease-fire, you save lives."

Kerry also said that the United States believes Israel has a right to defend itself from rockets fired from Gaza and from attacks launched from cross-border tunnels.

"You have a right to go in and take out those tunnels," Kerry told Fox News. "We completely support that. And we support Israel's right to defend itself against rockets that are continuing to come in."

Israel, which has accused Palestinian terror group Hamas of using civilians as human shields by launching rockets from residential areas, sent ground forces into the Gaza Strip on Thursday after 10 days of air, naval and artillery barrages failed to stop the salvos.

At least 62 Palestinians were killed on Sunday in Israeli shelling of one Gaza neighborhood. The IDF announced early Sunday morning that two Israeli soldiers were killed in Gaza on Saturday, bringing the total number of Israeli military casualties to five since the start of the ground offensive.

In a separate interview on CNN, Kerry said President Barack Obama will ask him to go to the Middle East soon to aid in efforts to secure a cease-fire.

http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/Kerry-calls-on-Hamas-to-consider-cease-fire-363562


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VooDooB
by Platinum Member on Jul. 21, 2014 at 9:38 AM

John Kerry heads to Mideast in bid for cease-fire

John Kerry is shown. | AP Photo

The administration has toned down its earlier rebuke of Israel for attacks on Gaza. | AP Photo

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas with another trip to the Middle East after the civilian death toll in the conflict sharply escalated over the weekend.

Kerry left Washington early Monday for Cairo, where he will join diplomatic efforts to resume a truce that had been agreed to in November 2012.


He will urge the militant Palestinian group to accept a cease-fire agreement offered by Egypt that would halt nearly two weeks of fighting. More than 500 Palestinians and 20 Israelis have been killed in that time.

The Obama administration, including Kerry, is sharpening its criticism of Hamas for its rocket attacks on Israel and other provocative acts, like tunneling under the border. It is also toning down an earlier rebuke of Israel for attacks on the Gaza Strip that have killed civilians, including children.

In a statement Sunday evening, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. and international partners were “deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life.”

Two Americans, Max Steinberg of California and Nissim Carmeli of Texas, who fought for the Israel Defense Forces were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip. The State Department confirmed the names of the two U.S. citizens Sunday night.

Cairo’s cease-fire plan is backed by the U.S. and Israel. But Hamas has rejected the Egyptian plan and is relying on governments in Qatar and Turkey for an alternative proposal. Qatar and Turkey have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is also linked to Hamas but banned in Egypt.

Making the rounds of Sunday talk shows, Kerry said Hamas needs to recognize its own responsibility for the conflict.

“It’s ugly. War is ugly, and bad things are going to happen,” Kerry told ABC’s “This Week.”

Both President Barack Obama and Kerry said Israel has a right to defend itself against frequent rocket attacks by Hamas from the Gaza Strip. Kerry accused Hamas of attempting to sedate and kidnap Israelis through a network of tunnels that militants have used to stage cross-border raids.

He said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Hamas must “step up and show a level of reasonableness, and they need to accept the offer of a cease-fire.”

The nearly two-week conflict appeared to be escalating as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon was already in the region to try to revive cease-fire efforts.

Obama, in a telephone call Sunday, told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Kerry was coming to the Mideast and condemned Hamas’ attacks, according to a White House statement.

The U.N. relief agency in Gaza estimates that 70,000 Palestinians have fled their homes in the fighting and are seeking shelter in schools and other shelters the United Nations has set up.

U.S. officials said Hamas could bring relief to the Palestinian people if it agrees to a cease-fire proposed by Egypt — a view Netanyahu is pushing as well.

Netanyahu said in an ABC interview that Israel has tried to avoid killing Palestinian civilians by making phone calls, sending text messages and dropping leaflets on their communities. But Hamas doesn’t “give a whit about the Palestinians,” Netanyahu said. “All they want is more and more civilian deaths.”

The prime minister said his top goal is to restore a sustainable peace, but he then will ask the international community to consider demilitarizing Gaza to rid Hamas of its rockets and shut down the tunnels leading into Israel.

Kerry spoke Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CNN’s “State of the Union,” ABC’s “This Week,” CBS’ “Face the Nation” and “Fox News Sunday.”



Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/john-kerry-israel-hamas-109152.html#ixzz386smSw6r

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Jul. 21, 2014 at 9:44 AM
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I cannot stand Kerry!!

codfish
by Silver Member on Jul. 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM
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Before the ground strike Isreal gave a 5 hour notice to civilians. Hamas has refused for years to a cease fire.

Oh and the bull the other day from a poster that Isreal had fired into Lebanon a few years back? I remember that all to well. Hamas was shooting rockets from the Lebanon border into Isreal.
yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Jul. 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM
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 Kerry is an un-American idiot.  He is a joke as Sec of St. 

I have a hard time wrapping my mind around people supporting terrorists.

 

VooDooB
by Platinum Member on Jul. 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization by Israel and a number of Western and non-Western governments; The United States,[9] Canada,[10] the European Union,[11][12] Jordan,[13] Egypt[14] and Japan classify Hamas as a terrorist organization.[15] Other states, however, including Iran, Russia,[16] Turkey,[17] China[18][19][20][21] and many Arab nations do not.



^^^^^
That's from wiki. If we consider them terrorists, then why would we support them?

I'm still educating myself on this topic. 

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 Kerry is an un-American idiot.  He is a joke as Sec of St. 

I have a hard time wrapping my mind around people supporting terrorists.

 


yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Jul. 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM
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Quoting VooDooB:

Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization by Israel and a number of Western and non-Western governments; The United States,[9] Canada,[10] the European Union,[11][12] Jordan,[13] Egypt[14] and Japan classify Hamas as a terrorist organization.[15] Other states, however, including Iran, Russia,[16] Turkey,[17] China[18][19][20][21] and many Arab nations do not.

 

 

^^^^^That's from wiki. If we consider them terrorists, then why would we support them?

I'm still educating myself on this topic. 

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 Kerry is an un-American idiot.  He is a joke as Sec of St. 

I have a hard time wrapping my mind around people supporting terrorists.

 

 

You have got me!  Just turn on the news...or read the threads on here.  People are for Hamas and against Israel.  Our own president seems supportive of them.  I don't get it.

 

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jul. 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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I have never liked this man.

It is hard to take him seriously.

codfish
by Silver Member on Jul. 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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Hamas is a terrorist group that gets funding from the Muslim Brotherhood.

In 2005 Isreal agreed to give up Gaza and Hamad was voted in as the government of "Palestine" (which no, is not a country).

Hamas shoots rockets into Israel daily. Israel fires back and does what it has to to protect it's citizens.


Quoting VooDooB:

Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization by Israel and a number of Western and non-Western governments; The United States,[9] Canada,[10] the European Union,[11][12] Jordan,[13] Egypt[14] and Japan classify Hamas as a terrorist organization.[15] Other states, however, including Iran, Russia,[16] Turkey,[17] China[18][19][20][21] and many Arab nations do not.

^^^^^That's from wiki. If we consider them terrorists, then why would we support them?

I'm still educating myself on this topic. 

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 Kerry is an un-American idiot.  He is a joke as Sec of St. 


I have a hard time wrapping my mind around people supporting terrorists.


 

LadyBugMom09
by Silver Member on Jul. 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM
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I think some people believe that if we turn against Israel all their enemies will become our allies. False. Totally false. Nothing we do will make them our allies. Israel is our only true friend in the Mid East.
Della529
by Matlock on Jul. 21, 2014 at 4:19 PM
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Damn it to hell.  If you're going to write about Israel at least spell it correctly ladies!

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