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Kerry Says His Jewish Roots Gave Him ‘Deep’ Bond With Israel

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's 100th Anniversary Celebration at the National Women in the Arts Museum in Washington, DC, on December 9, 2013. Photo: State Department.

Times of Israel – US Secretary of State John Kerry says his feelings toward Israel changed 10 years ago, after he found out that that he had Jewish grandparents.

“It’s a connection that’s deep. I lost a great-uncle in the Holocaust and a great-aunt. I never knew that until then. To learn that, after years of being passionate about ‘never again,’ with respect to the Holocaust, and then to understand that you are biologically and personally connected to that, is very moving,” he said in an interview aired on Thursday by Israel’s Channel 2.

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