Kerry ‘Doesn’t Know’ if Iran is Serious about Destroying Israel
US Secretary of State John Kerry has claimed the nuclear deal signed with Iran is “as pro-Israel as it gets,” and claims he “doesn’t know” if the Iranian leadership is serious about destroying the State of Israel.
The comments were made in an in-depth interview with The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg, which was published Wednesday following intense lobbying for and against the deal as it heads to a fateful vote in Congress.
Kerry warned Goldberg that if Congress voted down the agreement it would “be the ultimate screwing” of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
“The ayatollah constantly believed that we are untrustworthy, that you can’t negotiate with us, that we will screw them. This will be the ultimate screwing,” said Kerry. “He will not come back to negotiate. Out of dignity, out of a suspicion that you can’t trust America. America is not going to negotiate in good faith. It didn’t negotiate in good faith now, would be his point.”
Kerry also claimed such an eventuality would lead to “moderate” Iranian leaders like President Hassan Rouhani being in “big trouble” for failing to secure a deal. The Obama administration regularly refers to Rouhani as a “moderate,” despite the fact that under his watch support for regional terrorism has increased, and the number of executions of political prisoners has skyrocket to record levels.
The Secretary of State also rejected the notion that he had threatened Israel with international isolation if the deal was rejected as a result of its lobbying, claiming instead he was simply “warning” Israel.
“If you’ve ever played golf, you know that you yell ‘fore’ off the tee. You’re not threatening somebody, you’re warning them: ‘Look, don’t get hit by the ball, it’s coming.’”
He also repeated the White House’s position that the agreement with Iran is good for Israel as well – despite near-universal opposition to it in the Jewish state.
“I’ve gone through this backwards and forwards a hundred times and I’m telling you, this deal is as pro-Israel, as pro-Israel’s security, as it gets,” Kerry said, echoing statements by US Energy Secretary and fellow Iran-negotiator Earnest Moniz.
But perhaps the most perplexing part of the interview comes when Kerry is asked why he believes Israelis overwhelmingly oppose the deal.
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