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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Kerry blasts Netanyahu... for being wrong on Iraq

US Secretary of State John FN Kerry has blasted Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for being wrong on Iraq (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
"Israel is safer today with the added time we have given and the stoppage of the advances in the nuclear program than they were before we got that agreement, which by the way the prime minister opposed," Kerry said during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. "He was wrong."
Kerry was later asked to address Netanyahu's criticism of a hypothetical deal with Iran as a threat to Israel.
"The prime minister was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq under George W. Bush," Kerry replied. "We all know what happened with that decision."
Really? I thought John Kerry was in favor of the war in Iraq, and believed that Saddam had nuclear weapons.

Let's go to the videotape.

Hmmm. Sounds a lot like Prime Minister Netanyahu's questions on Iran, doesn't it? Kerry used to be a bit smarter, didn't he?

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At 3:49 PM, Blogger Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

Kerry's claim about Netanyahu being outspoken about Bush's war in Iraq sounds funny to me. That is because the Israeli position at the time, quietly to be sure, was that if the Americans were going to go to war then why Iraq instead of Iran? According to no less a personage than john mearsheimer [interview on NPR], Israeli reps in 2002 were telling US officials that they did not see Iraq as the main threat and that it had been neutralized by the Iraq war of the first Geo Bush. Further, JM went on, the Israelis told the Americans that Iran was seen as more of a threat at that time, 2002, because of its nuke program, etc.

So I would like some proof that Netanyahu was outspoken in favor of the war. Otherwise, the Israelis deferred to the Americans at that time and all those who want Netanyahu to defer to them now should recall that that is what he was doing in 2002, if he did outspokenly support the coming war on Iraq.

At 10:31 PM, Blogger Jesterhead45 said...

Sounds like Kerry and his boss are appealing to the modern Jew-hater trope that Israel is ultimately responsible for encouraging the US under Bush to invade Iraq in 2003 to prevent Saddam gaining Nukes.


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