The Anti-Defamation League has “welcomed” an apology from Secretary of State John Kerry for suggesting that Israel could become an “apartheid state” if it fails to reach an accord with the Palestinians.
Abraham Foxman, ADL national director, said in a statement: “We welcome Secretary Kerry’s clear affirmation that Israel is not an apartheid state nor headed in that direction should talks with the Palestinians fail.
“He now has publicly acknowledged that he made a mistake in using that term. Apartheid is a particularly loaded epithet that has repeatedly been used by Israel’s worst enemies to delegitimize the Jewish state and suggest it promulgates abhorrent racial policies similar to those of the apartheid regime in South Africa.”
He added, “While we may disagree from time to time, we have never doubted Secretary Kerry’s commitment to Israel’s security and his good-faith efforts to find a fair, equitable, and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is a true friend of Israel. His statement makes that clear, and we consider this chapter closed.”
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