Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, went off on John Kerry and the Obama administration following Kerry’s big speech today.
Dermer told CNN’s Jim Sciutto that people will use the resolution to “stir the pot for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel.”
Sciutto challenged him on the text of the resolution and asked Dermer, “What nation in the world, other than Israel, believes that settlements are acceptable?” Dermer said that just because “the whole world gangs up against Israel” doesn’t mean they’re right.
He charged that the Obama administration has been “obsessed” with settlements since day one and expressed dismay for condemnatory language the president used about Israel early on in his presidency.
Dermer and Sciutto got into a heated back-and-forth over the expansion of settlements, with Dermer saying at one point, “I would like to finish just one sentence.”
Dermer insisted over and over that Israel wants peace more than anyone, “but we need a partner who’s willing to live in peace with us.” And for that to happen, he said, there needs to be a whole lot more cooperation and less demonization from the other side.
Watch above, via CNN.
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