US Secretary of State compares the two tragedies saying he has “deep feelings when violence happens”. The Israeli inner cabinet refuse to comment.
US Secretary of State John Kerry compared the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing to the nine Turkish activists killed by the IDF as they tried to break Gaza’s naval blockade, at a press conference in Istanbul on Sunday.
“I know it’s an emotional issue with some people,” Kerry said of the Mavi Marmara deaths. “I particularly say to the families of people who were lost in the incident: We understand these tragedies completely and we sympathize with them.”
He then added, “And nobody – I mean, I have just been through the week of Boston and I have deep feelings for what happens when you have violence and something happens and you lose people that are near and dear to you. It affects a community, it affects a country,” Kerry said. “We’re very sensitive to that.”
Senior Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom, Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett, and Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin all made a point of not responding to Kerry’s comparison on Monday.
High-ranking diplomatic officials in Jerusalem said they believed Kerry was misunderstood and he was really only trying to show empathy with the people of Turkey on a national level. The officials accused the press of deliberately trying to twist what Kerry had said.
But Knesset members from across the political spectrum condemned Kerry’s comparison and said they found it extremely offensive.
Source: Jerusalem Post
It is sad that John Kerry did not get a chance to go to Berlin in the autumn of 1944. The Germans were mourning their victims of the allied “attack” on the cost of Normandie in France.
There must also have been victims among the Turks, who slaughtered 1,5 million Armenian Christians between 1914 and 1916. It is time for John Kerry to issue a sympathy note to all Turkish families who lost some of their dear once, due to “violence” from some of the Armenians.
yet my hands have been free of violence and my prayer is pure.
There are also many families in Afghanistan that has lost their closest family members, in encounter with US “servicemen”. They need to get some cheers from men like John Kerry.
Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.
Kerry must establish an account within the US budget, for all who send flowers to Turks who support the Hamas. Americans can afford this. Also more air tickets to John Kerry. So he can continue his journey around the Globe, and bless and sympathize with Islamic terrorists.
Written by Ivar