House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) ripped Secretary of State John Kerry for saying Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state” in remarks to world leaders at a closed door meeting Friday.
“The use of the word apartheid has routinely been dismissed as both offensive and inaccurate, and Secretary Kerry’s use of it makes peace even harder to achieve,” Cantor said.
“Unfortunately, Secretary Kerry and the Obama Administration have often been quick to blame Israel for obstacles in the peace process, and have been comparatively silent about the continuing unwillingness of Palestinian leaders to even acknowledge Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state,” Cantor added.
Kerry’s remarks were reported by The Daily Beast, which obtained a recording of them.
“A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens–or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state,” Kerry said, according to the report.