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Kerry caught on hot mic: Was he criticizing Israel?

Secretary of State John Kerry raised eyebrows Sunday following comments, caught on an open mic, that left some wondering whether he was criticizing Israeli assurances that its ground offensive in Gaza would be limited?

Kerry’s comments occurred between multiple television interviews. He was heard in a phone conversation with a State Department deputy, Jonathan Finer, discussing the deaths of Israeli soldiers killed overnight.

“I hope they don’t think that’s an invitation to go do more,” Kerry said in the unguarded moment. “That better be the warning to them.”

At that point, Finer is heard mentioning the number of Palestinians wounded and killed in the past 24 hours.

“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation. It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry said, a seemingly frustrated comment aimed at Israel.

“Right,” Finer responded.

Noting that the situation is “escalating,” Finer added: “it just underscores the need for a cease fire.”

“We’ve got to get over there,” Kerry said, adding, “I think, Jon, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around. Let’s go.”

In a later interview with Fox News, host Chris Wallace played the recording for Kerry.

“When you said ‘It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,’ are you upset that the Israelis are going too far?” Wallace asked. “And, in fact, do you intend to go back to the Middle East tonight, sir?”

“I think it’s very, very difficult in these situations, obviously very difficult, Chris,” Kerry replied.

“You have people who’ve come out of tunnels. You have a right to go in and take out those tunnels. We completely support that. And we support Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets that are continuing to come in. Hamas has started this process of rocketing, after Israel was trying to find the people who killed three young — you know, one American kid, three young Israeli citizens. It’s disgraceful.”

Kerry continued: “And so, yes, it’s tough. It’s tough to have this kind of operation. And I reacted obviously in a way that, you know, anybody does with respect to young children and civilians. But war is tough, and I said that publicly and I’ll say it again. We defend Israel’s right to do what it is doing in order to get at those tunnels.”

The White House said later that Kerry would soon go to Cairo to seek an immediate cessation of hostilities.

9 comments

    • manalishi

      If your comparing Mitt’s 300 million self made dollars to Kerry’s billions that he married into,,, your a drooling tard on your best day. Kerry is, and always has been a traitor in the same category as Jane Fonda. Perfect fit democrat for the Barry Soertoro administration.

  • Ugh

    Can no longer “tolerate” the putrid, smell of the Obama Regime that poses, pretends, Media propagandizes for “show” its lies, its covers ups, it contradictions, and its hypocrisy for its
    Covert Operations and Operatives. Say one thing publically, do the opposite, covertly.
    Obama fosters known “Rebels”, terrorist, terrorist run countries, and illegal foreign alien invaders, with Our Money, against US. How clear, transparent, does it need to get. The World see it.
    Democrats Ignore it, as planned.

      • manalishi

        See, you just so small mined and simple like that. I only post under 1 name. Here is the best way to tell the difference between me and anyone else. I deal in reality and facts without ideologies. The facts and reality are that you are a democrat peter puffer that has no choice but to defend your ideologies regardless of the outcome. This is your moment of clarity. But hey, it’s a free country so feel free to just express your inner desires to anyone but an actual American

  • davey

    hes such a out of touch d-bag.look rich man just shut up and enjoy your millions,ok.when you talk its like a ketchup bottle when it has a little left,just makes that fart sound

    • manalishi

      I didn’t even allow a Heinz bottle of anything until after Theresa sold her share for 11 billion. You may have just made the best post ever

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