On Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the “violence” in Israel on a massive increase in settlements in “recent years.” That’s as specific as this particular Secretary of State is able to get, not only because he knows no facts, but because what he said is a lie. There has been no “massive increase in the number of Jewish settlements“. And the current violence in Israel is more accurately described as unprovoked Palestinian terror attacks on Jews.
In fact, by Wednesday, even our truth-impaired President attempted to walk back Kerry’s linking of “the violence” and the building of settlements. The trouble is, Mr. Obama did so by insisting the Secretary never made any such linkage.
“I don’t think that’s what Secretary Kerry said,” Obama asserted, despite the fact that Kerry was quoted saying precisely that in multiple news outlets. Obama said that Kerry meant the situation between Israelis and Palestinians “creates the potential for more misunderstanding and triggers, and that’s something that has been true now for decades.”
For his own part, Mr. Obama said he believes
“. . . that it’s important for both Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israeli elected officials and President Abbas and other people in positions of power to try to tamp down rhetoric that may feed violence or anger or misunderstanding, and try to get all people in Israel and in the West Bank to recognize that this kind of random violence isn’t going to result in anything other than more hardship and more insecurity.”
My goodness, that random violence again. When did we last hear the president invoking random violence?
That would be when Islamic terrorist gunmen in Paris, having just murdered the staff of Charlie Hebdo, went on to murder patrons of Hyper Cacher, a kosher supermarket. A completely random “bunch of folks” who all just happened to be Jewish. Never mind that it’s a kosher market. Never mind that the Islamic terrorist gunman specifically asked patrons if they were Jewish before shooting them.
It’s random. The president said so.