Mark Greenberg, a Republican running for Congress in Connecticut’s 5th District, is calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to step down following his controversial comments about Israel.
“John Kerry remarks about Israel were outrageous and he should step down after making such wrong-headed comments,” Greenberg said. “Diplomats at the highest levels do not have the luxury of ‘pressing the reset button’ and Kerry’s remarks contradict the Administration’s stated goals and damage the trust that is necessary for these negotiations to succeed.”
Kerry warned that Israel risked becoming an “apartheid state” if it could not reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians. His remarks, made during a closed-door speech on Friday, were recorded and published in the Daily Beast. He has since expressed his regret and said he wished he could “rewind the tape” and chose a different word.
Greenberg said he views Kerry’s comments as an attack on a vital U.S. ally.
“Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East and one of our most reliable allies in the world,” Greenberg said. “Israel is a democracy in a part of the world where democracies are rare and unlike many of its neighbors, Israel allows religious freedoms, and treats women equally as men. Yet, for unfathomable reasons, Kerry has attacked Israel and has accordingly, provided Israel’s enemies with another reason to attack the country.”
Greenberg added: “Secretary of State Kerry should resign — or at the very least be removed from the peace process — based on his remarks which cannot under any circumstances be construed as constructive.”