Douglas MacKinnon

Leaders in Israel immediately condemned Kerry's inarticulate and insulting remarks. Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz called them "offensive and unacceptable," and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said Israelis expect their friends around the world "to stand beside us, against anti-Semitic boycott efforts targeting Israel, and not for them to be their amplifier."

Bennett was referring to bigoted boycotts such as one endorsed by an obscure group called "The American Studies Association"(ASA). Like ignorant "celebrities" in Hollywood, this association of "academics" has decided to heed "the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions."

It doesn't seem to keep up on current events, however. If it did, it might note the atrocities practiced by the governments of Syria, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey or North Korea, to name but a few countries where you are routinely persecuted, tortured or executed for being female, gay, Christian, the wrong kind of Muslim or just a relative suddenly out of favor.

I spent three years at the Pentagon working with the Israeli Defense Forces and fully understand and embrace the very special relationship we have with one of our best allies in the world.

That said, as a human being and as someone who grew up in poverty, I want the children and the innocents of the world — be they Palestinians or whatever — to live in peace, health and freedom.

But unlike those associated with this ASA, I know such a wish will never be realized if the truth is ignored in favor of a dishonest and dishonorable agenda. The truth here is that the vast majority of children and adults now being persecuted, tortured, driven from their homes or executed around the world are victims of the "leadership" of their own nations.

As Secretary Kerry shamelessly panders for a Nobel Prize, maybe he, the White House and our own State Department need to be reminded that Israel is surrounded by nations that want to exterminate their people and wipe the country from the face of the Earth.

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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