Following Kerry’s speech outlining the US administration’s vision for Mideast peace, Israel’s politicians, both from the right-wing and left-wing, responded. Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett said he is in fact against establishing a terrorist state. Opposition leader Isaac Herzog praised Kerry, calling him a friend of Israel.







Kerry quoted Bennett anonymously three times in his speech

Kerry quoted Bennett anonymously three times in his speech Photo Credit: Government Press Office/Channel 2 News

Minutes after US Secretary of State John Kerry’s farewell speech that outlined his vision for peace in the Middle East, the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office strongly criticized Kerry’s remarks. “Just as Kerry pushed the resolution at the UN, he just gave a biased speech against Israel,” read the statement from Netanyahu’s office. “For over an hour, Kerry obsessively spoke about the settlements not even discussing the root of the conflict – the Palestinian rejection of a Jewish state within any borders.”

As expected, Kerry’s speech provoked strong reactions from within Israel’s political system. Left-wing politicians were quick to stand by Kerry, claiming he is a friend of Israel and describing his speech as balanced and worthy. Whereas, right-wing politicians attacked Kerry calling this a withdrawal from America’s traditional support of Israel.







Herzog called Kerry

Herzog called Kerry “a friend to Israel” following his speech Photo Credit: Flash 90/Channel 2 News

As expected, Kerry’s speech provoked strong reactions from within Israel’s political system. Left-wing politicians were quick to stand by Kerry, claiming he is a friend of Israel and describing his speech as balanced and worthy. Whereas, right-wing politicians attacked Kerry calling this a withdrawal from America’s traditional support of Israel.

On the other hand, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who was quoted multiple times throughout Kerry’s speech in an attempt to show that Israel does not intend to change its policy on settlements, reacted to tonight’s address. “Kerry quoted me three times anonymously to show that we are opposed to a Palestinian state,” he said. “So here it is publicly: That’s right. If it were up to me, we would not establish another terrorist state in the heart of our country.”

Former Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak addressed Kerry’s speech. “Kerry’s spoke strongly and sanely,” tweeted Barak. “This is also what Russia, China and Europe believe. [This is] also what the majority in Israel believes. The Prime Minister has been dragged into a Messianic stream headed into an abyss and he insists on stepping forward.”







Miri Regev

Miri Regev Photo Credit: Flash 90/Channel 2 News

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon rejected Kerry’s claim that the UN Security Council vote was actually for Israel. “Coordination with the Palestinians promoting unilateral decisions at the Security Council does not support Israel,” he said. “The Obama administration acted against the State of Israel at the UN and any statement saying otherwise is a distortion of reality.”

“To the outgoing Secretary of State, you are invited to divide Washington,” stated Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev. “The only hope from your remarks is the hope you are giving terrorist organizations that wish to eliminate Israel. That will not happen.”