The State Department goofed on Thursday when, in a rare moment of candor and humanity, it displayed compassion for Israel. Following an especially bloody week in which three Israelis were killed in some half dozen attacks by Palestinian terrorists, the department veered from the standard Obama administration line, which is to call for restraint from both sides.
Someone at State (doubtless since fired) tweeted a message introducing a video by John Kerry that mischaracterized the secretary’s views as sympathetic to the besieged Jewish state.
The tweet was abruptly yanked and replaced with a politically neutered version, but not before Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon preserved the original tweet for posterity in a screen cap:
And here is the defanged replacement tweet:
— Department of State (@StateDept) October 15, 2015
Independently, Kerry has blamed the recent rise in violence on the expansion of Israeli “settlements,” following an outrageous narrative he originated in 2014, when he warned that Israel was on the verge of becoming an apartheid state.
State Department spokesman John Kirby was equally “nuanced” in his comments at a presser on Wednesday, when he declared:
Individuals on both sides of this divide are — have proven capable of, and in our view, are guilty of acts of terrorism.
We’re always concerned about credible reports of excessive use of force against civilians, and we routinely raise our concerns about that.