McCain: Send Kerry to Israel
July 6th, 2014
05:15 PM ET
3 months ago

McCain: Send Kerry to Israel

Washington (CNN) - As tensions between Israelis and Palestinians ramp up, the United States must begin shuttle diplomacy, according to Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

One of the top Senate Republicans, McCain argued that Secretary of State John Kerry should go to the region and initiate a dialogue between the two sides.

"This thing is in danger of spiraling out of control. There's a whole lot of reasons for it, but right now, this is a time where the United States could play a constructive role," the former presidential candidate told CBS' Bob Schieffer.

Tensions escalated this past week after the bodies of three Israeli teenagers were found in the West Bank and a Palestinian teenager was abducted and slain in what officials suspect was a revenge killing. An American teenager, who was a cousin of the Palestinian, was later beat and detained by Israeli security forces at a protest following the funeral. He was released Sunday and placed under house arrest, with bruising around his eyes.

"When you start killing children, you set yourself on a path that is hard to reverse," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, on CBS’ "Face the Nation."

He agreed with McCain, calling on the United States "to engage and get the parties back into their corners."

The Obama administration has condemned the latest incident involving an American teen Tariq Khdeir.

"We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody, said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki in a statement, adding, "We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for the apparent excessive use of force."

But Graham argued that Israel will be quick to account for any mistakes and that Palestinians may not.

"One thing about Israel, they will try to investigate, I think, and bring somebody to justice," he said. "The other side is not very good at that."


Filed under: John McCain • Lindsey Graham • Middle East
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Please don't involve in this Israel. It is the biggest looter, farce. It takes undue advantage out of USA. Stay out of it. Let middle-east deal with it. They know. We can not afford a dime. Enough. Listen to this educated, wise.

    July 6, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Peace4

    The incompetents meddled too much already.
    McCain joins their club.

    July 6, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. rs

    Sorry, the problem in Israel is a criminal one, neither side obeys the law and as a result it now resembles gangland era Chicago of the Capone days. Diplomacy won't fix it (40 years worth should teach us that)- they don't want it "fixed". The Israelis and the Palestinians do this to each other because it is how they do business. One might even expect they like it like this, otherwise they'd attempt to change.

    July 6, 2014 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. just me

    Graham and McCain on a Sunday show. How unexpected. I have no idea why anyone watches these shows anymore. They're basically all re~runs. Toss in Ayotte, Rodgers, one dem ( for balance, dontcha know ) reheat, and serve.

    July 6, 2014 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. GerorgeDavis

    Mr. Kerry precipitated the problem in Israel in the first place. When Kerry went to Israel, everything was status quo and relatively quiet for years. By placing deadlines on negotiations, Kerry did nothing but cause problems. He is the last person the U.S. should send to the Middle East. Mr. Kerry is a colossal failure, but perhaps some of the blame should also be placed on his incompetent boss as he was probably just taking orders from the POTUS..

    July 6, 2014 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. Thomas

    One of the top Senate Republicans, McCain argued that Secretary of State John Kerry should go to the region and initiate a dialogue between the two sides.

    Send Hillary Clinton !

    Have her make a deal they can't refuse !

    The GodMother understands .

    July 6, 2014 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. eli

    "When you start killing children, you set yourself on a path that is hard to reverse," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, on CBS’ "Face the Nation."
    Senator Graham, The Apartheid Israel, kills a 154 Palestinian children every year. Abuses and imprisons children 24/7. Sir, Israel is a war criminal. Shed the Zionist's blackmail shackles, for the truth shall set you and the rest of "The Parliament of Whores" free.

    July 6, 2014 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Maybe if you stop the usual GOP rant that EVERYTHING over the last SIX YEARS is OBAMAS FAULT, the GOP could up their CREDIBILITY FROM 0 % , where it is NOW , to half the blame with your DO NOTHING GOP house, actually you should accept 85% of the BLAME!!!!!!!! The GOP WILL PAY in November!!!!!!

    July 6, 2014 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. Rose

    Why should Kerry go to Israel? The blatant pro-Israel bias of the US causes more problems in the Middle East than it could ever solve.

    July 6, 2014 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Gary

    The 2 stooges speak. Must be Sunday.

    July 6, 2014 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. Alan

    My goodness... A country McCain does not want to bomb? Be still my heart!!!

    July 6, 2014 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  12. Winston Smith

    Why are we always sending monies, troops, and material to these foreign lands, if we don't have enough to take care of our own. There seems to always be money enough for conflict, but damn little for needed infastructure and upgrades to our failing educational system. Enough is enough.

    July 6, 2014 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    What a joke. Send Kerry to Israel? Kerry is 100% ineffective. He would accomplish nothing.

    July 6, 2014 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  14. jim

    What is McCain or Graham thinking, Israel is already find9ing the group that killed the boy and going to bring them to justice. While the Palestinians are celebrating the killing of 3 Israel children. Until Hamas stops training children to kill, hate and recognizes Israel right to exist their can be no peace. If the U.S. was hit again they would call for the enemy to be wiped out yet they call for restraint even after rockets are fired every week into Israel, they are both Hippocrates.

    July 6, 2014 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Please, Kerry is about effective as a gnat and when he is that ineffective it is a waste of money and shoe leather..He is a dud when it comes to producing any positive results. Let him help his wife sell more tomato products/ketchup.

    July 6, 2014 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  16. S. B. Stein

    If the Arabs would head the advise of not killing Israeli kids, there would be less of a problem. Remember what Golda Meir, a prime minister of Israel, said of the Arab world,"There will be peace when the Arabs love their children more than they hate the Jews."

    @Gurgyl, you really don't know what is going on there. The Israelis have provide much help to the US and other western countries as they have received. They share much of our values like rule of law and freedoms like expression. Name an Arab country where you could speak against the government and not end up dead or in a world of trouble. Can't, can you because they don't exist.

    July 6, 2014 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  17. Truth

    Waste of time and money. Not even Moses could talk sense into Jews.....Not even God!

    July 6, 2014 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  18. Name

    Israeli worry about your side first before you start to point fingers at others.

    July 7, 2014 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  19. J.V.Hodgson

    Phony Sec's of State, Phony Defense Sec's Phony NSA director etc are McCain and Graham who prognosticate on How to do everything war and diplomacy wise with at best half the information that the real Sec's have, and they stand there just like any dictator telling Sec Kerry and Obama and anyone else what's best for this nation.
    I got Breaking news for these guys... you have no eff'ing idea , and you certainly have no idea of what the majority of Americans want, except to say it not what you two pontificate and try to dictate to Kerry & Obama et al.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    July 7, 2014 03:06 am at 3:06 am |
  20. Roland Rolands

    "One thing about Israel, they will try to investigate, I think, and bring somebody to justice," he said. "The other side is not very good at that."

    Mr. Graham stop supporting occupation, Get some statasitics on the no. of just Children killed by Israil the last 3 years,
    Stop treating Israel as a Saint for one and one reason to be re-elected. Israel is killing field for the Palestinians.

    July 7, 2014 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  21. Warren

    Why not send these two clowns?

    July 7, 2014 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  22. Anonymous

    "We are profoundly troubled by reports that he was severely beaten while in police custody, said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki in a statement, adding, "We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for the apparent excessive use of force." are you kidding me did the US the state dep and the whithous gone crazy.....where is the respond for the murder of 3 Israeli kids, where is the respond for the hundreds of Rocket shooting into inocent people, this kid is not just a kid he was with a mask and active with the terrorist. Obama is an antismai, anti Israeli and pro terrorist Hamas......you get the point the killing anb we are to blame

    July 7, 2014 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    "I respect Hillary Clinton." Doesn't that sound like an unspoken, "I don't respect Barack Obama."?

    Kerry just came back from over there, trying to bring the two sides together for talks. Neither side was enthusiastic about the idea of sitting in the same room with the other party. It seems that they'd rather shoot and kill one another. Let 'em.

    July 7, 2014 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  24. Phyllis G Williams

    Why waste money?? Abraham's Sin (Genesis 16: 11-12) ends at Armagaddon (Joel 3: 2). Tell Abraham's Children
    to save their souls by accepting God-THE LORD(Acts 4: 12), loving instead of destroying their brothers"If thou wilt enter into LIFE, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS...and LIVE (Matthew 19: 17 ; Proverbs 4: 4)

    July 7, 2014 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  25. g

    why don,t these two just move to Isreal .that where their hearts are

    July 7, 2014 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
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