Judging from the reaction, I saw on Twitter and elsewhere on social media, Kerry’s speech was not received very well, except the usual suspects who think Israel – the only democracy in the Middle East – is always acting in bad faith, not the countries surrounding Israel who want to see it destroyed. Benjamin Netanyahu has weighed in on Kerry’s speech and it’s not positive.
In remarks in Hebrew, Netanyahu says Kerry’s speech “a big disappointment.”
The prime minister says Kerry drew a “false moral equivalence” between construction in Jerusalem and Palestinian terrorism.
Netanyahu says Kerry only “paying lip service” in his condemnation of terrorism, and notes the UN resolution — while condemning “incitement” — does not attribute that incitement to the Palestinians.
He reiterates that the focus on settlements in Kerry’s address was “obsessive.”
The prime minister says he was “surprised” that Kerry dedicated one of his final addresses to the conflict, as the “Middle East is in flames.”
Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, the only place in the Middle East where Christians can celebrate Christmas, says Netanyahu.
Netanyahu reiterated that he says there is evidence the United States pushed for the latest resolution:
There is “absolutely incontestable evidence that the United States organized” and advanced the UN resolution, says Netanyahu, adding that the transcript leaked to Egyptian media is the “tip of the iceberg.”
“Some of it is sensitive; it’s all true,” he says of the information.
The reaction from Twitter to Kerry’s speech was very critical:
1. They gave Iran a path to the bomb.
2. Their allies worked to defeat Netanyahu.
3. They abandoned Israel at the UN https://t.co/c4DDqZXd6u
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) December 28, 2016
.@JohnKerry says today: "This is the time to stand up for what is right." As opposed to the previous 8 yrs of the Obama administration?
— Michael Medved (@MedvedSHOW) December 28, 2016
There's not one Jew in Gaza. Hitler would love it. (There's even a clothing store called Hitler.) How will now Jews in WB bring peace?
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) December 28, 2016
The Obama administration is going out this way? Pathetic.