Dan Liljenquist: U.S. friendship with Israel undermined by John Kerry's statements

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  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 1, 2014 5:21 p.m.

    The main problem is that Israel is undermining the friendship of America and the rest of the world.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 1, 2014 4:13 p.m.

    ""One of my main missions as prime minister of Israel is to bolster the status of the State of Israel as the national state of our people," Netanyahu said in a speech in Tel Aviv, a transcript of which was provided by his office.

    "To this end, it is my intention to submit a basic law to the Knesset (parliament) that would provide a constitutional anchor for Israel's status as the national state of the Jewish people."

    This is the problem.... he wants to make Jewish law the law of the land - aka just like Muslims want to create religious states. If he does this, Christians and Muslims alike will have second class status in the nation... making Kerry's comments... unfortunately..... accurate.

    I wonder how Netanyahu would react if the US were to pass such a law, codifying that this is officially a Christian only nation, and that other groups would then have second class status - including Jews.

    The amazing thing about the States is our ability to live together as a very diverse society...peacefully.... where you have others trying to create separation and contention between people.

  • intervention slc, UT
    May 1, 2014 1:05 p.m.

    So because the Jewish people were once persecuted through the use of apartheid they are immune from ever being accused of doing the same thing to others? I am no sure I totally agree with the analogy Kerry made but he really is not far off. Israel has broken agreement after agreement further confining the Palestine people to a smaller and smaller region increasingly isolated from needed resources. I understand that Palestine is not purely an innocent victim here but lets not pretend Israel is either. Its about time we be honest with our friends and not just tell them how great we think they are when they behave poorly, thats not being a friend.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 1, 2014 11:12 a.m.

    "Thus we see even liberals can say stupid and racist things but when they do, its a "misunderstanding", right?"

    No... Kerry admitted he was wrong, and apologized. Imagine that. I know to some an apology is a sign of weakness... but it does from time to time calm things down.

    Imagine that.... right?

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2014 10:55 a.m.

    There You Go Again

    You are welcome

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 1, 2014 10:37 a.m.

    @Iron Rod

    Thank you for your entire comment.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    May 1, 2014 10:11 a.m.

    In regard to Secretary Kerry's comment many politicians are attacking the messenger rather than attacking the message.

    I feel we should have a discussion on reexamining our "Special Relationship" with Israel and if it is to our advantage or disadvantage.

    It would be nice if we could have a polite discussion about if Apartheid exists in Israel with out emotions and name calling.

    In regard to Apartheid exists in Israel occupied lands I would like to offer two examples and get some feed back.

    Discrimination in Housing. Could an upper middle class Palestinian family move in to one of the new government sponsored settlement apartments currently being build in the occupied lands? If not does this not smack a little of the Apartheid policy of South Africa and in the South in the 1930's and 1940's?

    Discrimination in Transportation. Is it true that in the occupied lands there are highways that are "Settler Only" and Palestinians are banned from using them? Does this sound a little bit like "White Only" from the South.

    Voting. If the occupied lands are absorbed by Israel with settlements what is going to happened when their are more Palestinians than Jewish voters?

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 1, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    Imagine what would be said by liberals if a conservative had made the same "gaffe" as Kerry just did! Even Kerry himself would be hyperventilating the "R" word! Some people are willing to accept a different "truth" from their ideological twins but demand a far different standard from those whom their ideology differs. In other words, some people have two sets rules for truth; one very loose, very liberal set for themselves but a completely different, much more restrictive set for others. More dangerous is that they get our allies confused with our enemies.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 1, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    We can afford to put some distance between ourselves and Israel. They need us way more than we need them.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 1, 2014 8:32 a.m.

    Some people define a gaffe as when a politician accidentally tells the truth. That is the case here.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    May 1, 2014 8:06 a.m.

    Oh did Kerry touch a nerve, perhaps if it wasn't so close to the truth, it wouldn't have been an issue, as it would be easily dismissed.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 1, 2014 7:59 a.m.

    Thus we see even liberals can say stupid and racist things but when they do, its a "misunderstanding", right?

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 1, 2014 5:58 a.m.

    Kerry's comments were poorly chosen and unfortunate - and he apologized for their use. He surely could have been a little more delicate in his wording.

    But lets be really clear here, We as best friends with Israel need to hold our friend to the highest standards of behavior, as they should us. As our friends, we need to call them out when they do wrong or are on a path that is counter productive. And there are certain policies by the current leadership in Israel that do make dialog or peace difficult.

    Culpability is not solely on Israel's part, of course. Be the other side is clearly not our friend right now, and not our responsibility.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    May 1, 2014 2:21 a.m.

    Kerry is parroting the line from the White House. He is only saying what the Dear Leader wants him to say.