More incoming for John Kerry.
The settlers’ organization, Yesha Council, released the video above, which features an Israeli actor impersonating Kerry not that well, and predicting “a lot of rockets” with his peace plan, and pulling for a Nobel prize.
Dani Dayan, Chief Foreign Envoy of the YESHA Council responded to the new video, saying: “This parody video is another effort by the YESHA Council to highlight the infeasibility of John Kerry proposals which are at best unrealistic and at worst a danger to the State of Israel”
Meantime, there have been more attacks from the Israeli gov’t on Kerry for daring to dignify the word boycott, in a statement in Munich in which he said that his plan would stave off the growing movement to delegitimize Israel, including “talk of boycotts.” (We mentioned the first round of this anger yesterday). From AFP:
“It is sad to see that the US administration does not understand the reality of the Middle East and exerts pressure on the wrong side in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said Gilad Erdan, the minister for Home Front Defence and a close associate of Netanyahu [to] … public radio.
Housing Minister Uri Ariel of the far-right Jewish Home party, which opposes a two-state solution to the conflict, told army radio that in raising the threat of a boycott, Kerry was not being “an honest broker” in the negotiations.
Sydney Morning Herald headlines its report on the backlash, “John Kerry backing ‘anti-Semitic’ efforts, says Israel”:
The US Secretary of State was accused of supporting “anti Semitic” interests on Sunday after warning that Israel faced an economic boycott if it failed to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians….
[Kerry’s] remarks were made against a backdrop of new European Union regulations barring deals with Israeli businesses based in West Bank settlements, but they provoked claims that he was threatening Israel in peace talks with the Palestinians….
An official in the Settlers’ Council, Adi Mintz, accused Mr Kerry of “an anti-Semitic initiative”. Mr Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting that efforts to impose a boycott were “immoral and unjust” and doomed to fail.