by Jennifer Swift
Apr 29, 2014
10:26 AM
Connecticut Politics

Mark Greenberg Calls for John Kerry's Resignation

Mark Greenberg Calls for John Kerry's Resignation

A Jewish candidate for Congress in Connecticut joined some conservative leaders Tuesday in calling for the resignation of Secretary of State John Kerry following his controversial comments about the potential for Israel to become an “apartheid” state.

Mark Greenberg, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional district to run against incumbent Democrat Rep. Elizabeth Esty, said Kerry should resign “or at the very least be removed from the peace process.” 

“Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East and one of our most reliable allies in the world.  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 said.

Greenberg’s request referred to comments Kerry made in a closed-door meeting Friday, which were published by The Daily Beast.

“A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens—or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state,” Kerry said, as reported by The Daily Beast.

Yesterday, Kerry released a statement and said he will not allow his “commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes, so I want to be crystal clear about what I believe and what I don’t believe” though he understands how words can create a “misimpression” and would “rewind the tape” if possible.

“For more than 30 years in the United States Senate, I didn’t just speak words in support of Israel, I walked the walk when it came time to vote and when it came time to fight…I want to see a two state solution that results in a secure Jewish state and a prosperous Palestinian state, and I’ve actually worked for it,” Kerry said in the statement. “I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes, so I want to be crystal clear about what I believe and what I don’t believe.”

That wasn’t enough for Greenberg.

"John Kerry remarks about Israel were outrageous and he should step down after making such wrong-headed comments.  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,” he said.

 

 

Mark Greenberg Calls for John Kerry's Resignation

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