Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Texas) today called for John Kerry to resign as secretary of state over his use of the word “apartheid” in reference to Israel. Cruz characterized Kerry’s recent comments as the latest demonstration of the secretary’s willingness to put “the wishes of the international community above the national security interests of the United States.”
“The fact that Secretary Kerry sees nothing wrong with making a statement comparing Israel’s policy to the abhorrent apartheid policies of South Africa, and doing so on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, demonstrates a shocking lack of sensitivity to the incendiary and damaging nature of his rhetoric,” Cruz said on the Senate floor.
“Sadly, it is my belief that Secretary Kerry has proven himself unsuitable for the position he holds,” Cruz continued. “And therefore, before any further harm is done to our national security interest and to our critical alliance with the nation of Israel, that John Kerry should offer President Obama his resignation and the president should accept it.”