The Corner

Israel’s Defense Minister: Kerry Should Leave Us Alone

Israel’s defense minister — a key member of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s diplomatic entourage in negotiations with the U.S. and the Palestinians — wishes that the “obsessive and messianic” secretary of state John Kerry would just “get a Nobel Peace Prize and leave us in peace.” That’s “the only thing that can save us,” he said.

Yediot Ahronot, a Tel Aviv–based daily newspaper, quoted the minister, Moshe Yaalon, saying behind closed doors that “the American security plan presented to us is not worth the paper it is written on. It contains no peace and no security.”

Negotiations, said Yaalon, have not been between the Israelis and Palestinians, but rather between Israel and the U.S. “So far, we are the only side to have given anything — the release of murderers — and the Palestinians have given nothing.”

Following Yaalon’s comments, Vice President Joe Biden sent Netanyahu a message from President Obama saying that Obama fully supports Kerry’s diplomatic efforts. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that Ya’alon’s statements, if they were recorded accurately, were “offensive and inappropriate, especially given all that the United States is doing to support Israel’s security needs.”

In a response to the Yediot Ahronot report, Yaalon did not deny making the comments: “When there are disagreements, we work through them inside the room — including with Secretary of State Kerry, with whom I hold many conversations about Israel’s future.”

Netanyahu, attempting to diffuse the situation, called America “our greatest ally” while in parliament on Tuesday, saying, “Even when we have disagreements with the United States, they always pertain to the matter at hand, and are not personal.”

UPDATE: Ya’alon’s office issued an apology to Secretary of State Kerry on Tuesday evening. “Israel and the United states share a common goal to advance the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians led by Secretary Kerry,” the statement said. “We appreciate Secretary Kerry’s many efforts towards that end. The defense minister had no intention to cause any offense to the secretary, and he apologizes if the secretary was offended by words attributed to the minister.”

Most Popular

PC Culture

Defiant Dave Chappelle

When Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special Sticks & Stones came out in August, the overwhelming response from critics was that it was offensive, unacceptable garbage. Inkoo Kang of Slate declared that Chappelle’s “jokes make you wince.” Garrett Martin, in the online magazine Paste, maintained that the ... Read More
Film & TV

Joker: An Honest Treatment of Madness

When I saw that the New York Times and The New Yorker had run columns berating the new Joker movie, criticizing it not simply on cinematic grounds but instead insisting that the film amounted to a clandestine defense of “whiteness” in an attempt to buttress the electoral aim of “Republicans” — this is a ... Read More
Culture

The Origins of the Transgender Movement

Editor’s Note: This article has been adapted from remarks delivered at a Heritage Foundation summit. I’ve been asked to talk about the origins of transgenderism and how it relates to children and their exploitation. But first, I would like to start with a little story. Yesterday I was wandering around ... Read More
Elections

The Democrats’ Disastrous CNN LGBT Town Hall

A few days after Donald Trump committed the worst foreign-policy blunder of his presidency by betraying America’s Kurdish allies in northern Syria, former vice president Joe Biden, the elder statesman and co-frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primary, was on a national stage talking to CNN’s primetime ... Read More
White House

What Is Impeachment For?

W hat is impeachment for? Seems like a simple question. Constitutionally speaking, it also appears to have a simple answer: to cite and remove from power a president guilty of wrongdoing. Aye, there’s the rub. What sort of wrongdoing warrants removal from power? I’d wager that the flames of ... Read More