Kerry caught making mic gaffe on Gaza
US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to criticise Israel in candid remarks caught on an open microphone between television interviews.
Kerry was heard talking about Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza to a State Department official identified as Jonathan Finer just before appearing on the ‘Fox News Sunday’ political talk show.
‘I hope they don’t think that’s an invitation to go do more,’ Kerry says. ‘That better be the warning to them.’
A frustrated Kerry then says: ‘It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,’ in apparent frustration over the civilian toll in the Israeli operation. The Palestinian death toll topped 500 on Sunday as Israel pressed a ground offensive into the densely packed Gaza Strip after two weeks of aerial attacks.
‘We’ve got to get over there,’ Kerry is heard saying on the Sunday recording. ‘I think, Jon, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around. Let’s go.’
When confronted over the remarks by Fox host Chris Wallace, Kerry reiterated Israel’s right to self-defense. ‘I think it’s very, very difficult in these situations, obviously very difficult,’ Kerry said.