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Say What? Top 10 Controversial Kerry Comments on Israel

avatar by Jacob Kamaras / JNS.org

John Kerry. Photo: State Department.

JNS.orgDavid Letterman probably won’t be making this a “Late Show” top 10 list anytime soon, but here’s a sampling of some of the most controversial things Secretary of State John Kerry has said about Israel since he rose to the post of America’s top diplomat last year:

1. Israel could become an “apartheid state” if a two-state solution doesn’t pan out.

2. Israel announced 700 new settlement units and “poof, that was sort of the moment” the peace talks were imperiled.

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3. It’s a “mistake” to keep demanding that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

4. The Jewish state will face more boycotts and international isolation if peace talks fail.

5. “Not one Israeli was killed by a Palestinian from the West Bank” in 2013. (A Shin Bet report said there were five such deaths).

6. Ignore Israeli thinking when it comes to Iran sanctions.

7. Israel could face a third violent Palestinian intifada if peace talks fail.

8. The U.S. views all Israeli settlements are “illegitimate.”

9. Amid the fall of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and a bloody civil war in Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the “core issue” of Middle East instability.

10. Juxtaposing the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and the Turkish militants killed aboard the Mavi Marmara flotilla after they attacked Israeli soldiers.

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