Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Israel:
“Secretary Kerry’s speech [Wednesday] was at best a pointless tirade in the waning days of an outgoing administration. At worst, it was another dangerous outburst that will further Israel’s diplomatic isolation and embolden its enemies.
“Peace between Israelis and Palestinians is not up to Secretary Kerry or President Obama. It is not up to the United States or the United Nations. It is up to Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate that peace. Public lectures against Israel and UN resolutions attacking Israel do not aid the cause of peace. They only provide those seeking Israel’s destruction a convenient excuse to blame Israel for their own intransigence.
“I support a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians – one that ensures the Jewish state will be secure within its borders, and its right to remain so is recognized and respected by Palestinians and Israel’s neighbors. But this solution is simply not possible at this time because Israel has no viable partner for peace. Not when Israel’s right to exist is denied and threatened. Not when Hamas and Hezbollah continue deadly rocket attacks. Not when Palestinian leaders tolerate or even glorify terrorist attacks against innocent Israeli civilians by Palestinians armed with knives, meat cleavers, guns, and cars.
“No American interest in the Middle East is more important than the integrity and future of our friendship with Israel. That is why our priority must be to make it crystal clear to the entire world, both in word and deed, that the United States will stand by our ally Israel now and always.”