Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, joined the bipartisan congressional pile-on against Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on the peace process in Israel and the Palestinian territories earlier in the day Wednesday.
The conservative congressman issued a searing statement, which called President Barack Obama and his chief diplomat “bitter clingers” who “are spending every last minute of this administration wreaking havoc domestically and abroad.”
He charged that the lame duck administration’s actions were specifically “designed to weaken and marginalize Israel and to embolden its enemies.”
Cruz warned that “history will record and the world will fully understand Obama and Kerry as relentless enemies of Israel. “
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He was only the latest senator to join the game of sardines against Kerry’s poorly received speech. Kerry spoke of the Obama administration’s decision not to veto a United Nations vote that condemned Israeli settlements in the disputed area surrounding Jerusalem and the desirability of a two-state solution.
Incoming Senate minority leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, charged in a press release that Kerry “seems to have forgotten the history of the settlements in Gaza, where the Israeli government forced settlers to withdraw from all settlements and Palestinians responded by sending rockets from Gaza into Israel.”
The soon-to-be highest ranking member of Obama and Kerry’s own party in Washington, DC, lamented, “I fear Secretary Kerry, in his speech and actions in the UN, has emboldened extremists on both sides.”
Corey Robin, a pro-Palestinian progressive political science professor from Brooklyn College, had a far more dour and cynical take on the latest round of speeches and press releases.
“There’s something so surreal about the state of the Isreal/Palestine debate in this country. John Kerry makes a speech today, warning that if we don’t act soon, the two-state solution may be in jeopardy. Liberals swoon: Unprecedented! Conservatives seethe: Unprecedented!” he wrote in a statement on Twitter.
“Meanwhile, on April 18, 2013, John Kerry said: ‘I believe the window for a two-state solution is shutting. I think we have some period of time – a year to year-and-a-half to two years – or it’s over.’
“In other words, as of April 18, 2015 – more than a year and a half ago – the two-state solution was finished.”
Robin took this to mean that Americans “live in a kabuki republic, where everyone makes these stylized gestures, entirely rhetorical, that mean nothing. Any everyone knows they mean nothing. Yet everyone acts as if they mean something.”
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