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Kerry Stopped Signing Pro-Israel Letters Once Obama Won

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On January 2, 2013 @ 11:07 am In The Point | 6 Comments

That’s the conclusion of the Algemeiner’s review of John Kerry’s responses to bipartisan letters in the Senate in support of Israel signed by large majorities of the Senate.

The last such letter was in 2009, and it wasn’t really a pro-Israel letter, but a public relations stunt exploiting Israel. The last genuinely pro-Israel letter was in 2008 before Obama took office.

2008 was also Kerry’s own election period, so it’s natural that he would have amped up pro-Israel activity during that period, while foregoing it afterward once he could be assured that he would be sticking around in the Senate for quite some time.

It’s also not unusual for senators from the party that isn’t in the White House to be much more assertive about being pro-Israel when they don’t have to oppose one of their own.

Here are some of the recent Senate letters that Kerry refused to sign.

DECEMBER 2012

Letter: Urging further pressure on Iran and asking President Obama to reiterate his readiness to exercise a military option if necessary

Number of signatories: 74

Kerry: Did not sign

SEPTEMBER 2012

Letter: Urging the European Union to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization

Number of signatories: 75

Kerry: Did not sign

JUNE 2012

Letter: Supporting Israel’s right to self-defense and affirming that Israel’s naval blockade is legal following the Gaza flotilla incident

Number of signatories: 87

Kerry: Did not sign

APRIL 2010

Letter: Stressing the need for “direct, face-to-face negotiations without preconditions on either side” for Israelis and Palestinians and affirming the “unbreakable bonds that tie the United States and Israel together”

Number of signatories: 87

Kerry: Did not sign

APRIL 2010

Letter: Calling for crippling sanctions against Iran

Number of signatories: 81

Kerry: Did not sign


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