Israeli Minister Erdan ‘Astounded’ by Kerry Remarks

November 14, 2013 11:20 am 34 comments

Israeli Minister Gilad Erdan. Photo: Maxine Dovere.

Israel’s Home Front Defense and Communications Minister Gilad Erdan struck back at John Kerry Thursday, further highlighting the widening gap between the U.S. and Israel when it comes to nuclear talks with Iran.

Erdan told an audience at a security conference in Tel Aviv that he was “astounded” by Kerry’s remarks earlier this week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s objections to a proposed deal between six world powers and Iran was “premature,” as no deal had yet been signed.

“Netanyahu has to understand that no agreement was signed between Iran and the world powers and his adamant objections are premature,” Kerry said.

Erdan responded: “I have not heard such a claim for many years; this is a country that wants to destroy Israel and the conditions that will enable it to carry out its wishes. What do they expect from an Israeli prime minister? Not to cry out when the knife is in the hand, but only when it is across our throat?”

“It is only thanks to the discussion about the terms being discussed in Geneva, behind closed doors, that we have received an additional delay of several days and perhaps even an improvement in the terms of the agreement,” he said. “We must not be mistaken – an interim agreement will be a permanent agreement. All those involved in the agreement must understand that the moment Iran becomes a nuclear threshold state an arms race will begin in the Middle East and regional uncertainty will increase.”



34 Comments

  • Israel needs stop acting like the evil paranoid empire it is and let America work a peace brokered deal with Iran. it is so comical to hear Bibi complain about nuclear weapons when he had a stockpile himself. oh yea and used white phosphorus on Palestinians. Israel will be the reason WW3 will commence. Bibi is a purposely trying to thwart peace talks to have a reason to war

    • lewisinhouston

      Seriously??? Finally, someone dumber than Obama!

    • Israel was right and US wrong on every occassion of difference. This is most evident with the Obama Admn. who sides with islamic terror groups. In Syria and Egypt, many 1000′s of deaths falls directly on Iran’s terror support and Obama’s actipons. The Pretend Pal camel-crap is spewed over the net today and bears false witness which none believe.

      “A KAFFUR [UNBELIEVER IN GOD] IS ONE WHO LIES OPENLY WITH NO FEAR OF GOD”

  • Kerry needs to try to show the Goyim that he is “really” rid of all his Jewishness, he was always an opportunist, even when he only looked for rich women to marry.

  • Watch out Israel, When your friends are liars, your in trouble right along with the rest of us.

  • KERRY WANTS TO HIDE THAT HIS GRAND-PARENTS WERE HUNGARIAN JEWS. DISGUSTING !!

    • What a silly, irrelevant and childish remark about Kerry’s grandparents! We need vigilance, understanding and a whole lot of patience without premature, inflammatory and possibly politically useless, irksome retorts from our supporters and friends.

      • Furthermore to my recent comments, whether we like it or not, we must be prepared to eat humble pie if we get what we need and want. That does not mean we are not ready to defend ourselves/Israel to the death without being well prepared with all of our defense means and strategies.

    • The Honorable Prime Minister Netanyahu should be conducting weekly interviews with Fox News, Mr. Bill O’Reilly or Megyn Kelly to let Americans know how our corrupted Obama Administration is affecting Israel. Israel the American people stand with you.

      • nutty yahoo is a war criminal and far from being honorable. he has cost many american lives in iraq and trillions of dollars from american tax payers. as long as we have him, who needs an enemy.

  • Kerry is an idiot,what do you expect

  • I always thought that Obama was talking from both sides of his mouth :this is not a surprise .

  • I am finding it so difficult to wait and not know and not have any power! And I don’t understand when God prevents things from happening, and when God lets them happen and just brings good out of evil.

  • John Kerry cares as much about the survival of Israel as the Grand Mufti did.

    • I agree 100%

    • WHEN I THINK THAT HIS GRAND-PARENTS WERE HUNGARIAN JEWS, IT MAKES ME SICK……

    • visa versa. israel doesn’t give a damn about american economy and if it is not beneficial to them, they will throw us under the bus. you foxies neocons. seem to have no idea what is going on around the world. Iran’s issue is more of an economic alignment to u.s than nuclear. you guys are the most uneducated bunch of people I have encountered on the web.it helps if you guys study the world affairs before you post garbage which has no value for the readers. just to give you a hint, u.s oil corporations are negotiating w/ iran to invest in Iran and they are getting huge incentives. so are the auto industries. It is not only u.s, it is all the eu who are lined up to get back in Iran. so is japan. you keep up this foolish views, you’ll have no share of the pie.But I don’t think you people or nutty yahoo has any saying when it comes to corporations profits.

  • what else did you expect

  • It is not Mr. Kerry’s mind that thinks for the security and wellbeing of the people and the land of Israel. Nor is he that decides what is best for Israel. The people of Israel, as a sovereign nation, have their own says, their own way of seeing things from different angles, especially security. So leave the Israelis for their own decisions, please!

  • dantebenedetti

    sorry to say: kerry is complete fool. he takes himself very, very seriously, tries to look very serious, and I’m sure that he’s a regular reader of the ny times. but, not only is he criminally ignorant, he is a fool, a complete fool. he and the prez think that they’re so smart; they know Washington, Cambridge, etc. but they have no idea of what they’re facing from the iranians. it is scandalous that the USA is represented by two such inept amateurs. one can only pray that someone will be able to pick up the pieces after these two clowns are done.

  • there is no hypocritical propaganda that the algemeiner refrains from publishing. the algemeiner has no idea whether the unknown proposed deal will result in a chain reaction that brings further prevention of Iran getting a nuclear weapon or not, but instead the algemeiner takes the ignorant position of pretending to its readers that it does know anything about the results.

    So the algemeiner is a shill for the likud party because there is no evidence that the unknown deal will or will not help klal yisroel.

    and the algemeiner has no problem printing likud party minister non sequitors as it did in this article with the eldan statement and previously with the netanyahu statement. You have no idea if netanyahu knows the results of the deal and after the deal is ripped by netanyahu and obama and kerry responds calling it premature indeed obama and kerry are anti israel.

    you should be embarrassed at trying to ply such primitive political propaganda onto the readers

    and for the algemeiner to print eldans stringing together of rhetric and nonsequitors that make him sound like sara palin…it is a sad day in the world of unashamed narcissists.

    • CHAIM: you are completely wrong.

      http://ltgjcmilopsg3.blogspot.com/2013/11/nothing-to-lose-everything-to-destroy.html

      IRAN SCENARIO …It is spring of 2015.
      As a majority of Middle East analysts predicted, Iran was able to develop nuclear weapons. And by spring of 2015 Iran had somewhere between 5 and 10 operational weapons. {Delivery of these weapons was never a problem. Aircraft delivery had been solved in 1945. Trucks and ships were always possible. Missile range had been adequate since 2012. Warhead development may have been completed undetected. Iran and Hezbollah had violated Israel’s territory with drones.}
      At that point, bombing Iran would be fruitless since it would not destroy Iran’s nuclear capability, but would invite retaliation.
      Whether through concern about retaliation (assured mutual destruction theory) or rational calculations“ or for some other reason, Iran had not struck Israel.
      Regime change which had been a US and Western objective now appeared to be happening and the ruling Iranian regime appeared isolated and likely to be overthrown.
      The question on everybody’s mind became: “ If the Iranian regime is in danger of being overthrown, will they use their nuclear weapons against Israel?”
      The temptation had always been there, but now the logic of such a strike—a jihadist Hail Mary—might become persuasive.
      If the mullahs struck Israel would Israel strike back with its own nuclear weapons:? … Or would the United States and the rest of the world say to Israel: “Whom would you be killing, except millions of Iranians also struggling to topple the regime? ” [And would this statement be correct?]
      And assume the regime, at its dying breath, managed at least to fulfill its core ambition to destroy the Jewish state: Would it not be a worthy capstone for the Islamic Republic? Suicide is a sin, but this would be an act of martyrdom on a world-historical scale.

      • you didnt respond to anything i pointed out. thats a shame. either you didnt care to understand what i was talking about, or something else i can’t fathom. the fact is that the algemeiner knows nothing but takes a miltant stance nonetheless instead of taking the position that the alg just doesnt have a clue. ( moreso, even the minister of likud says it extend the breakout by 24 days, which is more than zero if nothing is done. and after 6 mths iran picks up and continues to do what it wants, the clock starts ticking 24 more than it would have- and remember according to David Albright the head of the US inspections team ( retured) he says it increases the breakout time from 1.3-2.3 months ( current) to 3.1 to 3.5 months. Wither way the evidence doesnt warrant taking a NO position- either the evidence offers us to not take any position or take the deal.
        This is a terribly juvenile conversation to be in

  • Kerry reportedly told Senators in a closed meeting on the
    Iran sanctions, not to listen to Israel several times, when Senators asked, what about Israel.

  • Kerry should change his name to Neville Chamberlain he embodies Neville. Beware of the US ,its policies are treacherous.

  • John Kerry was a traitor to the US during the Vietnam conflict. He did everything within his power to get out of the Theater of Conflict within 3-4 months–all the time claiming to be a “hero”.

    It is difficult to know what Kerry believes in. He was a big friend of the Communist Sandinistas, and an ardent foe of those opposed to communism.

    Any country that depends on Kerry will be disappointed, sooner or later–and most probably sooner rather than later.

  • Kerry will sell Israel out just as he did US Troops during the Vietnam War. He will make sure Iran has Nuclear Weapons in which to threaten Israel.

    • Gene, You are 110% correct. He is marching to the “ones” orders and has zero ethic’s. He is but a tool and a “yes” man. He has zero self respect what so ever. In short, a despicable human being. How any Jew or self respecting person of faith can vote for these people is beyond me; naïve to the extreme and it will be to their detriment. As we have seen with Obamacare, F&F, Libya, Benghazi etc etc this administration will lie to your face to sell their socialistic/communist way of life to all.

    • Amen Gene!

    • Sadly it’s true. And he’ll do it with
      Obama’s blessing.

    • Alas you are right

    • I wondered while I watched him whether he’s the next Chamberlain trying to get Hitler to agree to something!

      What’s the deal with blaming Israel for a Palestinian intifada – or threatening Israel with that – he seemed like someone ignorant who thinks appeasing people with violent tendencies is going to work. Who blames Israel for Palestinian attitudes and choices to get violent. Some negotiator!

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