April 28, 2014 5:28 pm
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said Secretary of State John Kerry should tender his resignation to President Obama for his offensive comments about Israel during a speech on the Senate floor Monday.
First reported by The Daily Beast, Kerry told world leaders Friday in a closed-door meeting that he thought Israel could become an “apartheid state” if it didn’t reach a two-state solution with the Palestinians. The remarks drew swift condemnation from the pro-Israel community, with AIPAC calling them “deeply troubling” and “offensive” and the Anti-Defamation League saying Kerry had “used the repugnant language of Israel’s adversaries and accusers to express concern for Israel’s future.”
“The fact that Secretary Kerry sees nothing wrong with making a statement comparing Israel’s policy to the abhorrent apartheid policies of South Africa, and doing so on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, demonstrates a shocking lack of sensitivity to the incendiary and damaging nature of his rhetoric,” Cruz said. “Mr. President, sadly, it is my belief that Secretary Kerry has proven himself unsuitable for the position he holds. And therefore, before any further harm is done to our national security interests and to our critical alliance with the nation of Israel, John Kerry should offer President Obama his resignation and the president should accept it.”
Secretary Kerry should offer President Obama his resignation, and the President should accept it.