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November 24, 2015 7:48 am

Once Again, John Kerry Legitimizes Islamist Terrorism

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Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: Twitter.

Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: Twitter.

The by-now infamous statement of Secretary of State John Kerry — that the Islamist massacre of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and editors in Paris “had a certain legitimacy” or at least “a rationale” compared to the November 13 attacks in Paris — is by no means the first time State Department officials have tried to rationalize Muslim terror.

This mindset goes back to the days of the Clinton administration. On June 22, 1997, The Jerusalem Post reported that “a senior US official” called recent Arab violence against Jews in Hebron “a plausible safety valve” that “lets the Palestinians vent their anger.” And on August 26 of that year, the Israeli news service Arutz 7 reported that unnamed advisers to President Bill Clinton had recommended to him “that he allow what [they called] the ‘explosive’ situation between Israel and the Palestinians to deteriorate to a violent clash [because] this will convince the sides of the need to renew negotiations.”

This theme continued to crop up during President Clinton’s second term. On January 14, 1999, The Jerusalem Post quoted “a senior US administration official” saying that there may be “riots in the territories” if Israel did not make more concessions, and “it may be unreasonable to expect that Palestinians at the grassroots level will remain quiet.”

Some senior US officials did not even bother to hide behind the mask of being an “anonymous source.” National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, for example, publicly justified Palestinian violence in a speech he gave at Tel Aviv University on May 21, 2000. He said Palestinian violence against Israel was not just a curse, but also “a blessing,” because “the tragedy that awaits in the event of inaction also constitutes the greatest incentive for immediate action” in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Two months later, Berger reiterated his point in a July 31 conference call with member-organizations of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organization: “Either there will be an agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, or there will be a conflict…If there is no agreement, we may be sadder and bloodier, but then maybe they’ll be prepared to make a deal.”

This attitude has reappeared with a vengeance in the Obama administration. An unnamed “senior US official” told Israeli journalist Nahum Barnea of Yediot Aharonot‘s Ynet web site on May 2, 2014: “The Palestinians are tired of the status quo. They will get their state in the end – whether through violence or by turning to international organizations.”

The Israeli daily Haaretz subsequently reported on May 5, 2014, that the Israeli government believed Martin Indyk, the Obama administration’s envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, was the anonymous official. Indyk never issued any denial.

The State Department crowd fervently believes that if Israel fails to make sufficient concessions, the Palestinians understandably respond with violence. Thus the violence is Israel’s fault. The victim is to blame. Secretary Kerry’s remark that the there was “a certain legitimacy, or rationale” for the Charlie Hebdo massacre — because the magazine had published cartoons of the Muslim prophet — is cut from the same cloth.

Providing even the slightest justification for any kind of Islamist terror — whether it is directed at the Israelis, the French or anyone else — is unacceptable. Secretary Kerry is already attempting to back-pedal his ill-considered remarks. But the morally warped mindset of this administration will remain.

Mr. Korn, chairman of the Philadelphia Religious Zionists, is former executive editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent and the Miami Jewish Tribune.

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  • Reform School

    Obama converted Kerry? Kerry was a better person? From the day he staged tossing his medals over the White House fence; to the day he dispatched John Heinz and took his widow for a wife; to the day he sold his daughter to Iran; to the day he sold out our only dependable Middle East ally, John Kerry has demons-traded (sic) his character, or lack of same. Likewise State Dept. Arabists from the day a sea of oil was discovered beneath their feet. Likewise Obama, from the day he was enrolled in a mosque madrassa.

  • Chris Rettenmoser

    Kerry is PURE evil !

  • reevin stein

    what is going on Algemeiner???
    yesterday Sen. Liebermann of Conn said exact opposite of this article between kerry & PM Netanyahu. This article is the nite of Lieberman’s day.

  • Simone Miller

    I am so disappointed in john kerry. I thought he was a better person. I hate being so wrong.

  • DockyWocky

    Looks like al-Obama has succeeded in converting Kerry.

  • Lauren Goldman

    Kerry, and his handler in the White House, just can’t seem to actually condemn terrorism if it is carried out by muslims.

  • Tony Trehton

    OBummer’s liberal use of ‘Taquiyya’ to benefit Islam is obvious.

    The French will find out that “We’ll have your back” is just another Taquiyya from the ‘Muslim sleeper agent’, in the White House !!!

    OBummer’s purpose of weakening the USA. Militarily and
    Financially is always too & for, the benefit of the birth of the New World Wide Islamic Caliphate !!!

    OBummer may well be the Islamic ‘Mahdi’. Who is predicted by Muslims to lead them to a glorious victory over the Infidels.

    I expect that there will be a surge in Islamic terrorism for the foreseeable future in the last of OBummer’s presidency!!!

    This will be his disastrous legacy !!!

  • Franklin Delano Paskutnik

    I wonder how Americans would feel if someone claimed that the 9/11 attacks were “justified” because of US interference in the Muslim world?I’m sure the Imam-in-Chief in the White House won’t be too bothered. Terrorism is terrorism from whatever source and should be roundly condemned across the board.Israel has offered plenty of concessions to the so-called “Palestinians” but they will never be accepted – it’s Israel’s destruction that they,and the wider Muslim world,want.

  • Somebody, please, hand John Perry Article 3 of the binding UNSC Resolution 1566 of October 2004, so that he understands the enormity of his statements “justifying” terrorism (emphasis added):

    “[The Security Council] Recalls that criminal acts, including against civilians, committed with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury, or taking of hostages, with the purpose to provoke a state of terror in the general public or in a group of persons or particular persons, intimidate a population or compel a government or an international organization to do or to abstain from doing any act, which constitute offences within the scope of and as defined in the international conventions and protocols relating to terrorism, ARE UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES JUSTIFIABLE BY CONSIDERATIONS OF A POLITICAL, PHILOSOPHICAL, IDEOLOGICAL, RACIAL, ETHNIC, RELIGIOUS or other similar nature, and calls upon ALL STATES to prevent such acts and, if not prevented, to ensure that SUCH ACTS ARE PUNISHED BY PENALTIES CONSISTENT WITH THEIR GRAVE NATURE.”

  • Pore ol’ John! He’s now like pore ole’ nunc Francie: no longer fit to be let out alone.

  • Fraide

    All Morons with a capital “M”!