Kerry: 'Chickens**t' Slur 'Disgraceful, Damaging'

Personal insults against Netanyahu are 'unacceptable' says US Sec. of State; Kerry vows to restart talks with PA to avoid 'Arab-Israeli PM.'

Ari Yashar, | updated: 19:10

John Kerry
John Kerry
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After an unnamed senior official in US President Barack Obama's administration was quoted as calling Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "chickens**t" on Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry finally got around to condemning the statement Thursday.

The insults were "disgraceful, unacceptable and damaging," according to Kerry, who spoke at a forum hosted by The Atlantic where the insults were published, reports AFP.

The US secretary of state claimed the comments did not reflect the views of US President Barack Obama or his cabinet.

Kerry also vowed to work "quietly and effectively" to restart the failed "peace process" with the Palestinian Authority (PA), saying that the endeavor is "doable, but it takes courage and strength. Both sides have to be prepared to compromise in order to do it."

Regarding "courage," it is worth noting the "chickens**t" attack was evidently an attempt to condemn Netanyahu for not being "brave enough" to make extraordinary concessions to the PA, that critics say would put Israel in existential danger and forfeit critical parts of the Jewish state for "peace."

Trying to justify the "two state solution," Kerry touched on the demographic issue, saying Israel "wants to be a Jewish state. To be a Jewish state, you clearly have to resolve the issue of two states."

"If you don't, and you are a unitary state and people have equal rights to vote and participate as citizens, is Israel going to have a Palestinian prime minister? I don't think so. I don't think so. Not going to happen," said Kerry.

In fact, alternatives to the "two state solution" or an Arab majority of Israeli citizens have been presented in the past, such as transferring Israel's Arab population to Jordan, a country formed by British fiat in 1946 where "Palestinians" are already an overwhelming majority.

The previous attempt by Kerry to force through peace talks was torpedoed in April by the PA, which joined international conventions unilaterally and then signed a unity deal with the Hamas terrorist organization.

The PA currently is likewise pushing unilateral steps at the UN Security Council to force Israeli withdrawals, and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas two weeks ago encouraged terrorism in Jerusalem in exactly the same way former PA Chairman Yasser Arafat did in the 2000 Second Intifada.

Kerry's response to the insults from the administration he serves in follows criticism by Republicans and White House attempts to distance itself from the slurs.

Former Israeli ambassadors to America warned Wednesday that relations between the two countries were facing an unprecedented crisis, noting "the two sides haven't just taken off the gloves - they threw them in the trash."




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