President Barack Obama's White House is certainly closing out its final weeks with a no-holds-barred approach to Israel, following the Friday vote on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which blocks the Jewish state from establishing settlements in land the Palestinians claim as their own.
In a Wednesday speech that sounded more like a diatribe against Israel, outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry explained the Obama administration's decision to abstain from — rather than veto — the 14-0 vote on the anti-Israel resolution, skewering the country for advocating a one-state solution.
"If the choice is one state," Kerry said, "Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both."
Kerry speaks on Israel: “If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both.” https://t.co/M7xk7tf45h— NBC News (@NBC News) 1482943015.0
However, contrary to Kerry's comments, Israel is actually the only legitimately democratic country in all of the Middle East.
Moments after the secretary of state made the bold remark, Dan McLaughlin, a lawyer and contributor at National Review, took to Twitter to call Kerry out.
"Imagine an American Secretary of State declaring that a nation can be Islamic or democratic, but cannot be both," he wrote.
Imagine an American Secretary of State declaring that a nation can be Islamic or democratic, but cannot be both.— Dan McLaughlin (@Dan McLaughlin) 1482943009.0
Similarly, Republican consultant Nathan Wurtzel called Kerry out for the irony in his statement.
Funny how the only Democratic state in the region is, in fact, majority Jewish. https://t.co/EVTsWdUkXh— Oh THAT Guy (@Oh THAT Guy) 1482942954.0
And Free Beacon reporter Alyssa Canobbio said her "jaw is on the ground" after Kerry's statement.
"Israel can be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both." My jaw is on the ground.— Alyssa Canobbio Hackbarth (@Alyssa Canobbio Hackbarth) 1482942754.0
During his speech, Kerry also said, "Today, there are a similar number of Jews and Palestinians living between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean Sea. They have a choice. They can choose to live together in one state or they can separate into two states."
However, negotiation is significantly hampered when one partner in the negotiation refuses to acknowledge the other partner's right to exist.
"The Palestinians won't recognize the Jewishness of the State of Israel and won't accept it," Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in 2014. "The Israelis say that if we don't recognize the Jewishness of Israel there would be no solution. And we say that we won't recognize or accept the Jewishness of Israel and we have many reasons for this rejection."
It is interesting to note that, while Jews living in the U.S. tend to side with the Obama administration when it comes to Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the ability for Israel and Palestine to co-exist, Israeli Jews, who are actually on the ground, see it differently, according to new data from Pew Research.
U.S. Jews and Israeli Jews have different perspectives on Jewish settlements in the West Bank:… https://t.co/hNTttXNmIV— Pew Research Religion (@Pew Research Religion) 1482875048.0