Secretary of State John Kerry has some interesting suggestions for Israel, the supposed ally of the united States and the lone bastion of socio-political stability in the region.
In response to recent Palestinian attacks on Israel, Kerry urged that the Jewish state refrain from any kind of “self-help.”
Sounding more like the Riddler than a high-ranking American official, Kerry noted that Israel does have the right to “self-defense,” but warned that citizens should “exercise restraint and restrain from any kind of self-help in terms of the violence.”
The comments come after a campaign of recent stabbing attacks in Israel at the hands of Palestinian terrorists. In response to these attacks, the Israeli government has done what any sensible nation would do and has urged that those citizens with carry permits to carry concealed weapons when out-and-about so that they may help stop an attack.
Since announcing their support for concealed carriers, the internal security ministry has been bombarded with requests for concealed carry permits from patriotic Israeli citizens. The ministry has been forced to double their staffing to field the requests.
Kerry appeared on Monday with his Spanish counterpart in Madrid, Spain, and preached to the Israelis about the supposed need for restraint in dealing with terrorist attacks.
“Security and diplomacy go hand in hand. There is not a time for one and then the other, really there is an importance to both. We want to see calm restored and we want to see the violence stop. And I think everybody in Israel and in the region would like to see both of those things happen,” Kerry said.
“We continue to urge everybody to exercise restraint and restrain from any kind of self-help in terms of the violence, and Israel has every right in the world to protect its citizens, as it has been, from random acts of violence. But in my conversations with the prime minister, as well as with King Abdullah and the foreign minister of Jordan, they have expressed the desire to try to see this process be able to find a way of making certain that everybody is clear about what is happening with respect to the Temple Mount.”
Kerry added that “Israel has made it clear to me that they do not intend to and have not changed the status quo, and I think it’s important for me to meet with the prime minister and talk about the road ahead.”
“We have a longstanding, extremely close, very important relationship with respect to Israel’s security, and security will be front and center in our discussion. And obviously, the United States remains deeply concerned about and engaged in efforts to help Israel with respect to its security. But we also share a global interest in seeing the region find a way forward to avoid this kind of confrontation and senseless loss of life. So it is important to have that kind of discussion at the same time,” he said.
“I don’t have specific expectations except to try to move things forward. And it would depend on the conversations themselves as to what it is that we’re able to define in the context of steps that might or might not be taken to help people understand that in fact leaders are leading and making a serious effort to try to resolve the current level of conflict.”
Last week, CNN’s Chris Cuomo, the brother of the notoriously anti-Second Amendment current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the son of a former New York governor, stressed that Israel’s commonsense approach to the terrorist attacks appeared “extreme.”
Speaking with an Israeli spokesman, Cuomo criticized, “The idea of the police saying to civilians, ‘arm yourselves; that’s how big the threat is, that’s how imminent violence is,’ seems to be, you know, a very severe sentiment.”
The left loves to rant against American imperialism and attitudes of condescension towards other nations. However, while so many liberals refrain from criticizing the Muslim world that is chopping-off heads and abusing women and children, they appear to have no reservations about lecturing Israel on how to best defend themselves against the relentless attacks that have threatened their existence for decades.