On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace confronted Secretary of State John Kerry about a moment between commercials they caught him on an open mic talking to a top aide standing just off camera.
Seeming to be criticizing the Israeli government, a frustrated Kerry is heard saying, “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” adding, “We’ve got to get over there. Thank you John. I think John, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around.”
When Wallace asked if Kerry was “upset that the Israelis are going too far,” Kerry replied, “I think it’s very very difficult in these situations, obviously very difficult, Chris. You have people who have come out of tunnels. You have a right to go in and take out those tunnels. We completely support that. We support Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets continuing to come in. Hamas has started this process, rocketing after Israel was trying to find the people who killed three youngone—American kid, three young Israeli citizens. It’s disgraceful. Yeah, it’s tough. It’s tough to have this kind of operation. I reacted obviously in a way that, you know, anybody does with respect to young children and civilians, but war is tough.”
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