Liberal Jewish Groups Blast Kerry Threats, Iran Deal

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Mainstream and liberal Jewish organizations reacted badly to Kerry’s threats of a Third Intifada and his attempt at cutting a disastrous nuke deal with Iran that would allow it threshold capability.

“When a Secretary of State talks about starting a third Intifada, especially amid rising violence, it could have the effect, directly or indirectly of lighting the fuse,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, responding to Kerry’s remarks, in an interview with The Algemeiner.

“The danger here is that you legitimate an escalation by saying that ‘because there is no progress  it can start an Intifada.’ There are elements there that will use this to legitimize what they are doing,” Hoenlein said. “We had a situation in the past where comments by American leaders and others set the standard for what Palestinian leaders say and do.”

ADL president Abe Foxman uncharacteristically blasted Kerry.

Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said Sunday morning that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s “outrageous behavior” will unite American Jews.

“I think Kerry’s outrageous behavior will unite the American Jewish community,” Foxman said. “It is chutzpah to lecture Israel about the risks of peace and war.”

He described the current tensions between the allies as a “crisis of trust,” explaining that they had each agreed recently “not to surprise each other,” yet Netanyahu had found out from other diplomats what had been going on in Geneva, and “not directly, as was promised.”

Last month, Foxman criticized American leadership and resolve in the global arena, saying the world increasingly sees a “weak and retreating” United States that “cannot be counted on.”

Speaking at the ADL’s Centennial conference in New York, Foxman expressed apprehension that the U.S. is undergoing a “deep and dangerous change” that would endanger both Israel’s security and the wellbeing of the American Jewish community. “It causes me to lose sleep,” he said.

There wasn’t much welcome for Kerry’s threats to Israel and appeasement of Iran from Bnai Brith or the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

“The Secretary introduced views that can only complicate the process. It would be more productive to exhort the parties to work toward compromise, rather than speculating on worst-case scenarios,” said Daniel Mariaschin, B’nai B’rith International executive vice president.

Abraham Cooper, associate dean at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, asked: “Why would the Palestinians negotiate on anything when the secretary of state calls settlements ‘illegal’, when he says Israeli troops have to leave West Bank, when he increases aid to the PA when their corruption infuriates the Palestinian street, and seems to make no demands for Palestinians to once and for all stop the attacks on their neighbor’s legitimacy?”



  • Ron Lewenberg

    Took long enough for the leftist hofjuden to remember that they are Jews. How long will they stay mugged?

    • goldberd20

      So whats the solution Ron War Monger? bomb Iran into pieces like Iraq and occupy it for a few 100 years?

      That worked so well in Iraq.

      • CAStr8talk

        We don’t need to occupy Iran, just bomb them into the stone age while we are taking out all of their nuclear facilities. We don’t need to be spending money trying to promote democracy where it doesn’t have a chance to take root. We should have immediately withdrawn from Iraq as soon as we won the war there, too.

        • walt kovacs

          ya, cuz that worked out well in afghanistan


      • Ron Lewenberg

        Thank you so much for that set up and straw-man fallacy. Whose side are you on, anyway? ;-)

        Currently, there are sanctions on Iran, which have led to them negotiating for time. We should strengthen sanctions. This could lead to the optimal outcome, a collapsed Iranian economy, which would cause the end of the WMD and ICBM programs as well as the collapse of the regime. Alternatively, the Mullahs could be forced to give up these programs to save their regime from the previous outcome. Negotiations from strength would be part of either good outcome.

        However, if peaceful solitions fail, then it is in America’s national interest to prevent Iran from getting nukes, using force. We could destroy the Revolutionary Guards, Air Force, Navy, anti-ship missile sites in the Gulf, Iran’s ballistic missile program, and nuclear program in a few days of intensive bombing. Boots on the ground is not warranted.

        • tickletik

          No brother, it wasnt a strawman, his mistake was in thinking we need to occupy it. Technically, if that was our goal, he would be right to be contemptuous.

          In the end we are going to bomb it or we are going to get nuked. I dont blame anyone for being terrified of the risks in bombing it. It is an aggressive move that we cost us all our allies and has a high risk of catastorphic failure, as in lsong all our planes and men, leaving us totally defenseless and on the receiving end of not just every major power in the region, but by Russia as well.

          The reason we even consider that move is because we know the alternative is a radioactive crater where Tel Aviv currently stands. That, and the prospect of breathing in the ashes of one million of our brothers.

      • tickletik

        Who said we intend to occupy it?

  • Judahlevi

    Gee, the so-called American Jewish left finally woke up and realized Obama is not their friend?

    Israeli’s have known this for the last five years. What took them so long? As usual, they are blinded by their political ideology (which trumps their religion any day).

    Frankly, most secular Jews are not Jews at all in my opinion. They are Democrats first and last. This petty squabble will be over soon, and then they will betray Israel to keep faith with their political party.

  • Elizabeth Cape Cod

    I’m always amazed that otherwise smart, educated people need for things to go badly before they understand that that was the inevitable course.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It’s usually smart educated people who need to be smacked in the face with the obvious.


        I don’t think a smack would do much good.

        Look at all the German doctors, lawyers, scientists who helped hitler.

        Being educated is no guarantee that one will do good.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          it’s about the only thing that works

          • tickletik

            Thats because they arent acting on their intelligence, they are acting out of fear and a desire to get along. The only way to cut through that is, as you say, with a slap to the face.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Intelligence often leads people to construct complex rationalizations that dumber people aren’t capable of

  • Ed FDNYRetiree

    If liberal Jews are criticizing Kerry or Obama, you know for certain that they are both the lowest form of vermin crawling the Earth.

    Because liberal Jews never saw a liberal they didn’t like.

    I’m Jewish, and a Tea Party guy, and I authorized this message!

  • Rudy M

    America will gain the world’s respect, and regain its own self-respect, when it stands up to the Jewish state and its constant lies and provocations. The most aggressive country in the middle east points fingers at Iran, while it sits on a large nuclear stockpile and refuses to sign the NPT.

  • walt kovacs

    weisenthal center, not a liberal group