Ken Blackwell

Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.

"I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes, so I want to be crystal clear about what I believe and what I don't believe," Kerry said after U.S. lawmakers and pro-Israel groups criticized him, with some demanding his resignation or at least an apology…”I have been around long enough to also know the power of words to create a misimpression, even when unintentional, and if I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word [than Apartheid] to describe my firm belief that the only way in the long term to have a Jewish state and two nations and two peoples living side by side in peace and security is through a two-state solution," Kerry said.

[From Breitbart news.]

The Secretary of State admits he was “inarticulate.” And he proceeds to prove it daily.

We might have thought that was an unusual quality for America’s top diplomat. But in his statement trying to extricate himself from his most recent gaffe, the Secretary digs in deeper.

“I will not allow,” he says, anyone to question his commitment to Israel. Well, we certainly do question it. He is completely bound to the idea that Israel should make dangerous concessions to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The PLO was listed by Kerry’s own State Department for decades as a terrorist organization.

Twenty years ago, this PLO outfit-- which invented airline hijacking for terror purposes, which murdered Israel’s Olympic athletes in 1972 and assassinated our U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel in 1973—was “legitimized” by our State Department on the basis of its supposed agreement to give up terrorism and recognize Israel.

The PLO has never kept its word. It has continued to incite hatred of Jews and Israelis almost without ceasing since the U.S. State Department began openly dealing with it.

The PLO was allowed to administer broad areas of Judea and Samaria, on the West Bank of the River Jordan. In these areas, no Jews may live and Christian Arabs are under daily threats of violence.

Still, Kerry and the State Department persist in the myth that the PLO is a proper “peace partner.” They refer to the PLO as the Palestinian Authority (PA). This fiction is based on Western notions of authority. But, strangely, the PA-PLO boss, Mahmoud Abbas, cancelled the scheduled 2009 elections. He has no plans to submit his rule to a vote of the people he claims to represent.


Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at Townhall.com, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
 
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