kerrysaluteOur esteemed Secretary of State, “Lurch” b/k/a John Kerry has stepping in or on it yet again, from Adriana Cohen, Boston Herald:

Secretary of State John F. Kerry has stepped in it again — with a gaffe that this time not only makes him look foolish but makes a mess of U.S. foreign policy and destroys any chance he had of realizing his legacy pipe dream of brokering Middle East peace.

In a private meeting with senior international officials Friday, Kerry said that if the Israelis and Palestinians can’t achieve a two-state solution, Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state with second-class citizens.”

A political gaffe has been defined as when a politician accidentally tells the truth. By such a definition, Lurch’s statement was not a gaffe. For the statement was not some version of the truth inaptly phrased. Rather was Kerry said was totally wrong:

Caroline Glick of The Jerusalem Post said, “Kerry’s remark was openly anti-Semitic. Apartheid is a crime of intent. There is no Israeli politician that will ever be in a leadership position that harbors any such bigoted intention towards the Palestinians. On the other hand, there is no Palestinian leader or faction that does not demand the ethnic cleansing of Jews from every inch of any territory that will come under Palestinian control.”

Reax, over at Just One Minute, Tom Maquire wonder just how much Lurch’s thinking such as it is, reflects that of this boss:

Comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa has a long history amongst both progressives and failed Presidents, so one wonders whether Obama (as a representative of each of the preceding categories) has engaged in such chit-chat with his Secretary of State.

Both men will deny it, of course.

Deny it or just lie about it?