‘A pointless tirade’: GOP lawmakers dismissive of Kerry’s Israel address


Republican members of Congress ganged up on the Obama administration’s attitude toward Israel following Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on the Jewish state’s relationship with Palestinians Wednesday.

The negative reaction to the speech was unanimous among Republican lawmakers, with some calling it “disastrous.” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said it could generously be described as “a pointless tirade.”

“Secretary Kerry’s speech today was at best a pointless tirade in the waning days of an outgoing administration. At worst, it was another dangerous outburst that will further Israel’s diplomatic isolation and embolden its enemies,” McCain said.

The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said he favors a two-state solution, much like Kerry, but doesn’t believe the American government has the right to dictate that solution to the Israelis.

Instead, the fixes to the problems in the Middle East must come from the ground up, he said.

“Public lectures against Israel and UN resolutions attacking Israel do not aid the cause of peace,” McCain said. “They only provide those seeking Israel’s destruction a convenient excuse to blame Israel for their own intransigence.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said “like bitter clingers, President Obama and Secretary Kerry are spending every last minute of this administration wreaking havoc domestically and abroad.”

“These acts are shameful,” Cruz said. “They are designed to secure a legacy, and indeed they have: history will record and the world will fully understand Obama and Kerry as relentless enemies of Israel. Their actions were designed to weaken and marginalize Israel, and to embolden its enemies.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called Kerry’s proposals for peace in the Middle East “fanciful,” if not “delusional.”

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