In This 1 Minute Statement, John Kerry Gets Painfully Real With Israel (VIDEO)

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As Israel and her advocates on The Hill continue to poison Obama’s historic nuclear deal with Iran, Secretary of State John Kerry has issued a stern threat: quit undermining the deal, or Israel will end up “being more isolated… and more blamed.”

Despite claims that Israel is America’s greatest ally, it is difficult to imagine another state in the world conducting such overt hostility to U.S. foreign policy.

First, there is the behind the scenes work to undermine the policy among American lawmakers.  These efforts were spearheaded by Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer. The Israeli ambassador coordinated efforts to rally conservative and Democrat lawmakers against the deal. Hopes were vested in former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez leading the charge against the deal in the Senate; but corruption allegations forced him to resign from his post.

So Dermer moved on to Congress. This work came to fruition with Republican Speaker John Boehner inviting the Israeli Prime Minister (just two weeks before Israeli elections) to address Congress on the deal – without consulting the White House. In previously unimaginable scenes, the world watched as a foreign leader pilloried the President of the United States, in the American Congress and got 25 standing ovations for it.

All-in-all, 55 Democrat lawmakers boycotted the speech and Democrat Minority Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi issued a statement almost immediately following which read:

“I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.”

President Obama issued a notably curt response to the speech. Saying he read a transcript of Netanyahu’s speech and that “there was nothing new” and that the Israeli Prime Minister offered “no viable alternative” to his plans. Both the president and vice president snubbed the Israeli Prime Minister, ensuring they were elsewhere for the duration of his visit.

Shortly after, 47 Republican lawmakers sent a letter to the Iranian leadership undermining the authority of their own president.

While the political machinations persisted, Israel also took matters into its own hands. Israeli security services tapped phones during U.S.-Iran negotiations and released the classified information from the talks to Republican lawmakers.

Ultimately, the combined efforts of Netanyahu, Mossad, Dermer, Menendez, Boehner, AIPAC and casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson came to nothing, with Obama sealing the deal with Iran in July this year.

However, despite such international and domestic humiliation, this toxic coalition of U.S. conservatives and Israeli lawmakers and sponsors continued to undermine the deal after the fact. Two of the most hysterical responses point to just how unhinged these camps have become.

As hopes for stopping the deal with a bill in either House die, Israel has moved to seek “compensation” in the form of military hardware and increased military aid – seemingly forgetting the U.S. already gives annual donations of $3 billion a year. Israel called for a 50 percent increase to annual aid – to $4.5 billion a year. The White House complied, only for Israel to reject the deal. As JP Updates reports:

The US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Wendy Sherman, said on Thursday that Israel had turned down an offer of further aid. “The prime minister was not ready to have that discussion yet,” Sherman said.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Republican friends have been falling over themselves to craft the most hyperbolic response to the deal at home. The GOP’s 2016 Presidential candidates have been at the forefront of this circus:

Ted Cruz embarrassed himself by knowing less about the deal than an activist he was trying to put down

Rick Santorum argues the deal is the “greatest betrayal” of U.S. national security in history. Unlike inviting a foreign leader to undermine American foreign policy, communicating directly with a foreign regime against the interests of the President and spying on secret talks, Rick?

But the award must surely go to Mike Huckabee, for his disgusting invocation of the Nazi holocaust, claiming the Iran deal drives Israelis to ‘the door of the oven.’ 

President Obama was moved to respond directly to the comments. As ABC News reports:

“The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are I think part of just a general pattern we’ve seen … that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad,” the president said in a news conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“Maybe this is just an effort to push Mr. Trump out of the headlines but it’s not the kind of leadership that’s needed for America right now,” the president added.

Therefore, it comes as little surprise that John Kerry issues this threat to Israel – enough is enough. Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the Council of Foreign Relations in New York on the nuclear accord with Iran last Friday and said:

“if Congress were to overturn [the deal], our friends in Israel could actually wind up being more isolated. And more blamed [by the international community].”

Israel was quick to rebut the comments, but one senses the alliance between the U.S. and Israel has not come under such strain since the George HW Bush presidency. Given Israel’s continued occupation and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, and the racial apartheid within Israeli society – there has surely been no greater time to pull away from its increasingly belligerent ‘frenemy’ in the Middle East.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info