MR. KERRY: DON’T ISOLATE ISRAEL
Secretary of State John F. Kerry delivered a speech Wednesday from the State Department that contained a pivotal phrase: “Here is a fundamental reality. If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both. And it won’t ever really be at peace.”
Coupled with a recent vote within the U.N. Security Council to restore old borders in the region, Mr. Kerry’s speech proved particularly irksome to some observers.
“President Obama and John Kerry are playing the Jewish community for fools. Their recent actions at the United Nations did nothing more than allow President Obama to take a parting shot at Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while at the same time creating new roadblocks to peace,” says Matt Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. “True peace in the region cannot be achieved by isolating Israel in the international community, but rather can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians.”
The organization is troubled — and saddened as well, Mr. Brooks notes. And they are not alone.
“The ‘path to peace’ laid out today by Secretary Kerry would