by: David Harris-Gershon on February 5th, 2014 | 12 Comments »
Secretary of State John Kerry, in his effort to broker a Middle East peace agreement, has faced a barrage of verbal attacks from high-ranking Israeli officials in recent weeks.
Kerry was cast as an anti-Semitic mouthpiece by Israel’s Economy Minister for observing the existence of the international boycott movement against Israel, and the economic danger it presents should peace talks fail. And he was branded as obsessive and messianic by Israel’s Defense Minister, who said, “The only thing that can ‘save’ us is that John Kerry will get a Nobel Peace Prize and leave us alone.”
On Wednesday, Kerry fired back on CNN:
“I’m not going to be intimidated and back down … I’ve been attacked before by people using real bullets, not words… No one should distort what we are saying because they are opposed to the peace process.”
For America’s top diplomat, currently engaged in an impossible diplomatic task, these words were uncharacteristically stark and blunt.