At a Friday meeting of the Trilateral Commission, Secretary of State Kerry told influential world leaders that Israel risks becoming "an apartheid state."
In his statement, Kerry suggested that a change in leadership of either side may lead to peace, and blasted Israeli settlement building. According to reports, after he finished blaming Israel, Kerry said both Israeli and Palestinian leaders share the blame for the current impasse in the talks.
The Daily Beast reported that Kerry also stated that Palestinians would resort to additional violence if Israel did not make further concessions -- despite the current deal between the Palestinian Authority and internationally-recognized terrorist group Hamas -- and added that a change in Israeli leadership would make peace more possible. He also bashed Israel for building settlements. Kerry apparently added that he could propose his own deal and tell the sides to "take it or leave it."
Hot Air's Ed Morrissey commented that Kerry's last comment may be unintentionally humorous:
Really? Take it or leave it — or what? The US will quit trying to mediate in the dispute? At least with the track record of incompetence in this area from the Obama administration and the longer track record of utter failure in every American administration in memory, that may be an improvement.
Based on his reported statement, The Emergency Committee for Israel is calling for Kerry to step down:
It is no longer enough for the White House to clean up after the messes John Kerry has made. It is time for John Kerry to step down as Secretary of State, or for President Obama to fire him. And it would go a long way toward repairing the damage Kerry has done if his predecessor as Secretary of State, who is the likely Democratic Party nominee for president, explained why this kind of rhetoric had no place in her State Department and why it will have no place in her presidential campaign.