Israeli settlers poke fun at John Kerry in parody video
"Why fight over an old wall? I’ll build you a brand new wall!” the spoof shows a Kerry lookalike saying
A spoof video released by the Yesha Council – the regional council for West Bank settlements – has poked fun at U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry over his stance on settlements.
The video shows an actor resembling Kerry who makes a series of statements that belittle the U.S. diplomat’s understanding of the region's problems.
At one point during the video, the character tones down the importance of the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Jerusalem's old city.
“Dividing Jerusalem is not an easy thing. We must realize Jerusalem is holy to all regions; Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Klingons and Hobbits,” the spoof Kerry says.
“But what I’m saying is, why fight over an old wall? I’ll build you a brand new wall!”
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Israeli anger at Kerry
Over the weekend, Kerry has faced criticism after he warned Israel of the “increasing de-legitimization campaign that has been building up,” during his comments at a conference in Germany.
“There are talk of boycotts and other kinds of things,” he added about the pressure on Israel to reach a peace deal with Palestine.
In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Kerry in a statement on Sunday, saying that “attempts to impose a boycott on the State of Israel are immoral and unjust."
Israel’s Economics Minister Naftali Bennett, also fired back, saying “we expect our friends around the world to stand beside us, against anti-Semitic boycott efforts targeting Israel, and not for them to be their amplifier."
Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz called Kerry’s remarks “offensive, unfair and insufferable,” adding “You can’t expect the state of Israel to conduct negotiations with a gun pointed to its head.”
Rice to the rescue
But on Tuesday, National Security Adviser Susan Rice defended Kerry in a series of consecutive posts on Twitter.
Rice said critiques of the U.S. diplomat “totally unfounded and unacceptable,” adding: “John Kerry’s record of support for Israel’s security and prosperity rock solid.”
“U.S. Govt has been clear and consistent that we reject efforts to boycott or delegitimize Israel,” she also posted.
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