Skip to comments.Netanyahu Responds to Kerry’s Comments on Terror Attacks: It’s Not About Settlements
Posted on 10/16/2015 4:54:11 AM PDT by markomalley
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took issue Thursday with comments by Secretary of State John Kerry appearing to link the wave of terrorist attacks in Israel to Israeli construction in the disputed territories, and noted that the killers themselves were citing an unrelated issue the Temple Mount as their motivation.
Eight Israelis have been killed and 70 injured in two dozen knife and gun attacks over the past month.
Netanyahu accuses Palestinian leaders of inciting the violence by accusing Israel of harming the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount, a sensitive site revered by both Muslims, who call it Haram al-Sharif, and Jews.
Speaking at Harvard University on Tuesday, Kerry commented on the situation, saying, Theres been a massive increase in settlement over the course of the last years and theres an increase in the violence because theres this frustration thats growing. He added that there was also frustration among Israelis who dont see any movement.
Settlement refers to building activity in Israeli communities located in disputed areas claimed by the Palestinians for a future state.
At a press conference in Jerusalem, Netanyahu challenged the notion that the spate of violence is due to Palestinian frustration over lack of progress in peace talks or Israeli settlement activity. He did not mention Kerry by name, but the implication was clear.
They're attacking us not because they want peace or dont want peace, he said. Its because they dont want us here [in Israel]. If theyre frustrated, I assure you that frustration will continue because we're going to continue to be here.
As far as settlements are concerned, Netanyahu continued, this is not a result of a massive wave of settlements because theres not been a massive wave of settlements.
The attackers themselves were open in explaining their motivation, he pointed out.
They leave behind Facebook pages in which they cite and repeat Palestinian incitement about the al-Aqsa mosque. All the lies that are said about us trying to bring down the mosque or change the status quo, they cite that as the reason for their activity.
(video at link)
Asked about Netanyahus remarks, State Department spokesman John Kirby said, Weve never said the secretary did not say that settlements were to blame for the current violence. Theres no excuse for terrorism, and as I said earlier, certainly no excuse for the deliberate and intentional taking of innocent life.
Kirby added that the administration has long been clear that settlements are part of the broader context of the challenges posed on both sides by the absence of progress toward a two-state solution.
Just blow the damn thing up.
I’m surprised Kerry didn’t blame it on a video.
Unless, of course, you are acting in self defense. Which the Jews are.
The only good muslim is a dead muslim.
John Kerry should have been charged, tried, and convicted of treason and hanged fifty years ago. How did he ever get elected to public office much less chosen as Secretary of State.
If ever anyone needed evidence that this country went off the rails in the sixties and hasn’t found it’s way back yet, John Kerry is one of the poster boys for the derailment.
JFTR, this article over at CNS is the first I’ve seen on which the Disqus thread was actually closed to comments, thanks to the Islamonazi trolls that invaded it.
The answer as to why people like Kerry are in government is in Isaiah 3:4 and Daniel 4:17.
A single artillery shell, like the one that knocked the swastika off the Reich Chancellery at the end of WW II...
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