Israeli Transportation Ministrer Yisrael Katz blasted Secretary of State John Kerry today over his remarks claiming Israel is to become an “apartheid state.”
Iranian Press News picked up Kerry’s statements today.
Yisrael Katz wrote, “Kerry, shame on you!” on his Facebook page after hearing about Kerry’s controversial comments.
Israel National News reported:
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) sharply criticized US Secretary of State John Kerry Monday, over Kerry’s remarks claiming that Israel is bound to become an “apartheid state” if it ceased conceding to the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s demands.
Katz connected Kerry’s comments to Holocaust Memorial Day.
“Holocaust Day ceremonies. [We hear] terrible descriptions [of] how the Nazis and their collaborators, drenched in hate and race theory, turned millions of defenseless Jews into dust and ashes – and the world stood by in silence,” Katz wrote, in a Facebook post.
“And now the Secretary of State describes Israel as an ‘apartheid state,'” Katz lamented. “Us? The Jewish state, [which was] established to protect itself after [it was] intimidated with threats of extermination?”
“Kerry, shame on you!” he concluded. “There are thing you just can’t say.”
Reports surfaced early Monday that Kerry had made a number of inflammatory comments during a closed-door meeting Friday, including the ‘apartheid’ remark and predictions of renewed Palestinian Arab violence against Israelis.
He also suggested that a change in either the Israeli or Palestinian leadership could make achieving a peace deal more feasible, and lashed out against Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria.