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December 28, 2016 3:43 pm

Netanyahu Responds to Kerry: Israelis Don’t Need to Be Lectured On Importance of Peace by Foreign Leaders

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo: YouTube screenshot.

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s Wednesday speech on the Israel-Palestinian peace process was “almost as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed at the UN last week,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Speaking in Jerusalem less than two hours after Kerry concluded his remarks, Netanyahu stated, “I must express my deep disappointment with the speech…What [Kerry] did was spend most of his speech blaming Israel for the lack of peace by passionately condemning a policy of enabling Jews to live in their historic homeland and in their eternal capital, Jerusalem.”

“The Jewish people have sought their place under the sun for 3,000 years and they’re not about to be swayed by mistaken policies that have caused great, great damage,” Netanyahu declared. “Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders. Israel’s hand has been extended in peace from…its very first day. We pray for peace and we’ve worked for it every day since then.”

“No one wants peace more than the people of Israel,” Netanyahu continued. “Israel remains committed to resolving the outstanding differences between us and the Palestinians through direct negotiations.”

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said in a statement after Kerry’s address, “Neither speeches nor statements will bring peace to our region. The only way forward is for the Palestinians to understand that they must condemn terror, end incitement and return to the negotiating table.”

Furthermore, Danon noted, “To coordinate anti-Israeli initiatives with the Palestinians at the UN and to advance a one-sided resolution against Israel in the Security Council is the opposite of supporting Israel. The Obama administration acted against Israel at the UN and any claim to the contrary is a distortion of reality.”

Habayit Heyehudi leader and Education Minister Naftali Bennett tweeted, “Kerry — good intentions but policy divorced from reality: Left Mideast in flames, Syrian genocide, Iran racing to bomb, Israel abandoned.”

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan said, “It is clear to all right-minded people that the outgoing secretary of state’s ideas are not at all connected to reality.”

On the other hand, Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog — Israel’s opposition chief — called Kerry “a great friend” of the Jewish state whose speech expressed “true concerns” about the country’s “wellbeing and future.”

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  • Peter

    Once again, Netanyahu is 100% right!!!

  • bigrobtheactor

    Sure Sec. Kerry, but your track record speaks for itself. Hard to
    imagine the level of self-delusion, given his and his bosses
    catastrophic scale failures in foreign policy – required for him to
    believe himself. Israel, with an active, sworn enemy in her south and
    another to her north, why not take Obama/Kerry’s advice and open up a
    third front to her east with her back up against the sea? One might
    think that aside from green lighting the Iranian nuclear weapon program,
    with failures from Crimea to the South China Sea to Benghazi, Cairo,
    Kabul, Aleppo, Mosul and Paris they just might consider how bad their
    judgements turned out and kindly back the fk off.

  • The Obama-Kerry foreign policy nightmare will be over on January 20, 2017. Although the UN Security Council’s Anti-Israel resolution was a debacle, Israel will prevail. After the new American embassy opens in Jerusalem, other countries should relocate their embassies to Jerusalem, Israel.

  • roundabout77

    Netanyahu has no problem lecturing the United States on its foreign policy decisions (Is Netanyahu cancelling the $38B, 10-year deal from President Obama) or Europe, Russia and China (re Iran anti-nuke deal) Bibi speaks with a forked tongue and deflects the truth

    • A Zionist

      You speak as someone who understands nothing but is prepared to attack the Jewish State. This “deal” serves US interests in numerous ways. First, the US receives unlimited information. Second, the US does not need soldiers in the ME. Third, Israel has to spend at least 75% (increasing to 100%) in the US thus promoting US business interests.

      Bibi was invited to address Congress. He was the only leader to stand up to a delusional and dangerous foreign policy. Obama’s appeasement has made the US look a laughing stock. If you were to read the Arab press, which clearly you do not, you would know they have no respect for Obama or the US. If this is how the US treats their “friends” said one journalist – and this was months before this latest Obama hate-fest in which he covers up his failures by scapegoating Israel.

      Your hypocrisy is astonishing. It was Obama who interfered in Israel’selections and it was Obama who devised this Resolution with the Palestinians. If you feel this behaviour to be principled and ethical, that is something you have to live with. I do not and will not.

  • Herzog would have been a fine Kapo! He missed his opportunity to shine.

    at the Basle Session of the 20th Zionist Congress at Zurich(1937)

    No Jew has the right to yield the rights of the Jewish People in Israel –
    David Ben Gurion

    (David Ben-Gurion was the first Prime Minister of Israel and widely hailed as the State’s main founder).

    “No Jew has the right to yield the rights of the Jewish People in Israel.
    No Jew has the authority to do so.
    No Jewish body has the authority to do so.
    Not even the entire Jewish People alive today has the right to yield any part of Israel.
    It is the right of the Jewish People over the generations, a right that under
    no conditions can be cancelled.
    Even if Jews during a specific period proclaim they are relinquishing this right, they have neither the power nor the authority to deny it to future generations.
    No concession of this type is binding or obligates the Jewish People. Our right to the country – the entire country – exists as an eternal right, and we shall not yield this historic right until its full and complete redemption is realized.”

    (David Ben Gurion, Zionist Congress, Basel, Switzerland, 1937.)

    “No country in the world exists today by virtue of its ‘right’.
    All countries exist today by virtue of their ability to defend themselves against those who seek their destruction

  • Marianne Bernard

    Kerry is as much a traitor to America as he was to Israel. What shame.

  • kushintuchis

    קרי — כשמו כן הוא

  • glsfbg

    Kerry needs to live in gaza as a non-muslim

  • Ben

    Less than 2 months after Trump wins the presidency, it is Kerry and Obama who remind us of how important America’s choice is of who will lead the Free World. For years, we have been told how illegitimate and wrong the settlements are in the esteemed view of Obama. We have been told by Kerry that the settlements are the cause of all that ails the Middle East. We are told how principled and strong these men are. So why abstain? And why pretend they had nothing to do with the resolution? And why can’t the fools who admire these mamzers see just how weak and dishonest they are? And why does Kerry insist that the President on whose watch the existential threats faced by Israel has doubled twice (the first time was when, in addition to Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood took over, and the second is now, with the US outright joining the delegitimization of Israel) has been her strongest supporter? I guess because they have enjoyed some measure of political success with those lines. January 21 cannot come fast enough.