A powerful Democrat called out the secretary of state for what could be the speech that destroys the possibility of peace in the Middle East.
The speech Wednesday before the United Nations rebuked Israel for settlements on land disputed with the Palestinians. Secretary of State John Kerry chastised Israel while ignoring decades of US foreign policy to back Israel as an ally.
The Democratic leader who will face a Republican-led Congress and White House next year said Kerry’s speech could lead to more violent action by anti-Israel forces in the region.
Incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-NY, is not pleased with Kerry’s speech and what it may cost, as reported in The Washington Times.
Kerry’s 70-minute speech irked the powerful senator from New York. Schumer said the remarks only served to “embolden extremists” on both sides of the issue.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted swiftly with anger against Kerry’s speech and the the Obama administration’s decision to harangue Israel for allegedly complicating the Middle East peace, The Washington Times reported.
Netanyahu said Kerry “obsessively dealt with settlements” so as not to draw focus to “Palestinian opposition to a Jewish state in any boundaries.”
Schumer released a statement shortly after Kerry’s speech, saying it seemed as though the secretary of state had “forgotten the history of the settlements in Gaza, where the Israeli government forced settlers to withdraw from all settlements and the Palestinians responded by sending rockets into Israel.”
Nearly 600,000 Israelis live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem alongside over 2.5 million Palestinians.
“While he may not have intended it, I fear Secretary Kerry, in his speech and action at the [United Nations], has emboldened extremists on both sides,” the senator said.
The foreign relations powder keg erupted five days after the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution 14-0 lambasting Israeli settlements on land claimed by Palestinians. The measure passed because of the Obama administration’s decision to abstain from voting instead of using its veto power.
Democrats face a political mess after Obama and his gang of bureaucrats continue last-minute policy actions and lack of support for US allies.
Israel has been the glue holding together peace in the Middle East and the US needs to continue its ally.
Obama and Kerry need to work more on packing up their offices than destroying US foreign policy.
Source: The Washington Times