Anti-Defamation League Blasts John Kerry Over Anti-Israel Threat
Nice work, Secretary Kerry.
Last week US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Israel will face more boycotts if it does not accept the peace framework the Obama administration was proposing.
Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, slammed Kerry over the threat.
The Anti-Defamation League criticized John Kerry Tuesday for his anti-Israel comments.
The Jerusalem Post reported:
The Anti-Defamation League, one of the US’s most powerful Jewish organizations known for its advocacy on behalf of Israel, criticized Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday for comments he made in Munich regarding the negative consequences that Israel can expect if efforts to achieve a two-state solution break down.
In a letter to Kerry, ADL chief Abe Foxman said that while he appreciated Kerry’s efforts to move the peace process forward, the remarks about Israel’s likely ostracism in the event that no deal is reached will only spur the pro-boycott elements and the Palestinians to become further entrenched in their positions while being less likely to compromise.
“In speaking about the price Israel will pay if the peace talks break down and Israel is blamed, you may have thought you were merely describing reality,” Foxman said. “But as the key player in the process, the impact of your comments was to create a reality of its own.”
“Describing the potential for expanded boycotts of Israel makes it more, not less, likely that the talks will not succeed; makes it more, not less, likely that Israel will be blamed if the talks fail; and more, not less, likely that boycotts will ensue,” Foxman wrote. “Your comments, irrespective of your intentions, will inevitably be seen by Palestinians and anti-Israel activists as an incentive not to reach an agreement; as an indicator that if things fall apart, Israel will be blamed; and as legitimizing boycott activity.”