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Kerry shrugs off Israeli criticism

By Matthew Lee

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas don't worry him and said he will continue to work toward that goal because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked him to.

"I have taken hits before in politics, I am not worried about it," he told reporters at the State Department. "This is not about me."

Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism

Kerry said he is convinced that a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza followed by negotiations to resolve the underlying causes of the conflict is "more appropriate" than continuing to wage war.

"I am not going to worry about personal attacks," he said, adding that he and President Barack Obama are convinced "it is more appropriate to try to resolve the underlying issues at a negotiating table than to continue a tit-for-tat of violence that will invite more violence and perhaps a greater downward spiral which would be much more difficult to recover from."

Kerry has come under harsh criticism in Israel and among its supporters for pushing a cease-fire last week that critics believe will hurt the security of the Jewish state and give legitimacy to the militant Hamas movement that controls Gaza. On Monday, several senior Obama administration officials hit back at the criticism and defended Kerry's efforts as those of a true friend to Israel.

Though he said he wasn't "worried" by the criticism, Kerry showed flashes of pique in his comments, noting at one point that he had a 100-percent pro-Israel voting record in the Senate and would not "take a second seat to anybody" in his devotion to Israel's security.

Kerry also said he wouldn't be pushing for a ceasefire if Netanyahu hadn't asked him to.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu himself said to me, 'Can you try to get a humanitarian cease-fire for this period of time?' And if it weren't for his commitment to it, obviously the president of the United States and I would not be trying to make this effort," Kerry said.

"Now either I take his commitment at face value or someone is playing a different game here, and I hope that's not the fact," he said.

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PappyHappy July 29 2014 at 2:45 PM

The entire Obama administration is anti semetic, but only now has it broken into the open.

Obama has no foreign policy. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordon want Hamas CLEANED OUT. They know they are merely a surrogate for Iran.

Obama may be biting off a lot more than he can chew as he turns the entire region AGAINST HIM!

He did indicate in one of this books that if he ever had to decide to to 'side with', it would be Islam. That is his choice, but he best not forget that there are about 330,000,000 Americans who have a choice as well!

What a pathetic excuse for a chief executive!

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blnllwhite July 29 2014 at 2:45 PM

Kerry. Get the hell out of there. Let Israeli's finnish what hamas has started. You can't help run our own country, what the hell are you doing over there!!!!!!!!!! ???????????????

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eaglephoenix2 July 29 2014 at 2:47 PM

As he timorously lumbers thru intricate foreign policy issues he is not equipped to deal with, Lurch will only complicate the matter instead of helping it. He will get criticism because the traitorous medal dumper has no skills here, so at least they seem prepared for that.

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bnz4350 July 29 2014 at 2:45 PM

Kerry talked with Turkey and Qatar, two Jew hating countries, to arrive at his terms. Where do the libtards find these people?

I would let John Kerry represent dogs and he represent the whole United States to foreign leaders.

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tzino2 bnz4350 July 29 2014 at 3:10 PM

bn... they find them doing things they shouldn,t be doing and wse that to get them to do their bidding. There is something being held over the heads ( quietly of course) of these people that in my opinion would be devestating if let out. So they comply and do as told. No real AMERICAN would do what they do.

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salblossom bnz4350 July 29 2014 at 3:25 PM

HiLIARY would do the same actions and statements that this anti semetic speaks.

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ksir127 salblossom July 29 2014 at 3:40 PM

Because they are of the same ilk...........

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ptmkapsovar salblossom July 29 2014 at 4:29 PM

They FOLLOW O Bumbler's ORDERS!

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JRGXRay05 July 29 2014 at 2:47 PM

What is it about this man's ego (and that of his boss as well) that won't allow him to understand that nobody takes his "Position Of Power And Political Expertise" seriously. They are both laughing stock Politicians to every Leader in the World, very sad but true...

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mholley2 July 29 2014 at 2:43 PM


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sthi.stace mholley2 July 29 2014 at 2:45 PM

We all know that over here.

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danbckls mholley2 July 29 2014 at 3:01 PM

Kerry was hand picked by Obama to serve his purpose against Israel. While he hides his lies in the shadows. Evil days are upon this Nation if we do not stand firm for Israel.

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mgt0331 danbckls July 29 2014 at 2:46 PM

Just looking at this POS makes me sick.

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mgt0331 July 29 2014 at 2:46 PM

Just looking at this POS makes me sick.

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Richard Ware mgt0331 July 29 2014 at 3:32 PM

STOP LOOKING!! and get well!!

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tcellguru July 29 2014 at 2:43 PM

Shrugged off his BS medals to. traitor.

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tornekrayville July 29 2014 at 2:46 PM

"criticism of his efforts don't worry him"? Good God who's writing this crap.

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danbckls tornekrayville July 29 2014 at 3:02 PM

The liberal propaganda machine.

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SAM tornekrayville July 29 2014 at 3:07 PM

and he knows who is killing all the babys in America., the democrats party

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nasatristate July 29 2014 at 2:46 PM

Kerry is and always was a loser!

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