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September 11, 2013 7:03 am

Zionist Organization of America Slams Kerry on Syria

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JNS.orgThe Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) slammed Secretary of State John Kerry for his comment that a U.S. strike in response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians would be “unbelievably small.”

“We’re not going to war,” Kerry said Monday in London. “We will not have people at risk in that way. We will be able to hold [Syrian President] Bashar Assad accountable without engaging in troops on the ground or any other prolonged kind of effort in a very limited, very targeted, very short-term effort that degrades his capacity to deliver chemical weapons without assuming responsibility for Syria’s civil war. That is exactly what we’re talking about doing—[an] unbelievably small, limited kind of effort.”

ZOA National President Mort Klein on Tuesday called Kerry’s statement “ill-conceived” because the U.S. “should do all that is necessary to eliminate Assad’s biological and chemical weapons to the fullest extent possible.”

“What if knocking out, for example, a WMD site or command center requires an extra strike, another missile, a small incursion by special forces on the ground, or a further strike a day after some arbitrary cut-off date? Secretary Kerry’s statement undermines any sense of Obama Administration resolve and will reduce the support it seeks from Congress,” Klein said in a statement.

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