Kerry caught on hot mic: Was he criticizing Israel?
July 20th, 2014
02:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Kerry caught on hot mic: Was he criticizing Israel?

(CNN) - Secretary of State John Kerry raised eyebrows Sunday following comments, caught on an open mic, that left some wondering whether he was criticizing Israeli assurances that its ground offensive in Gaza would be limited?

Kerry's comments occurred between multiple television interviews. He was heard in a phone conversation with a State Department deputy, Jonathan Finer, discussing the deaths of Israeli soldiers killed overnight.


Filed under: Gaza • Israel • John Kerry • Middle East • Palestine
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  1. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Shamey shamey. One must not have thoughts that may alienate people of great faith. If these thoughts do occur, one must make sure there's no open mic close, or Mr. and Mrs. news hound will do all they can to get you smeared real good. The people of great faith may have you killed, but the news will do all it can to make sure you wish you were dead anyway.

    July 20, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    -yes, Israel is at fault. Do not involve in it–let Muslims deal with them, if they have guts. USA needs to be a spectators. How many nations helped when we had fiscal problems? Zero. Pres. Obama is very smart to know the truth–I am glad he is our president, not Mitt, the republican.

    July 20, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. JohnnyKay

    I see absolutely no difference between this "hot mic" incident and Connie Chung's interview of Newt's mother that got her fired and disgraced. It's time for Chris Wallace's career to follow suit.

    July 20, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Jarid

    Why is this even a surprise? The US administration is finding a hard time defending the on going murder and slaughter of the Palestinian people. Tanks, Apaches, and Navy ships reigning hell-fire on besieged people in an open air prison. What a cruel sick world. The Israeli lobby is so large in the US that this is raises eyebrows? The rest of the world knows the truth, Israel is not solely targeting Hamas, it is inflicting collective punishment ethnic cleansing, sponsored by their media's propaganda, if you listen to their radio stations and look at Israeli's social media, you will find the dehumanizing nationalistic disease that justifies this brutal operation.

    July 20, 2014 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Thomas

    There is enough criticism for both sides .

    This is America , we have the freedom to be critically honest .

    July 20, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Jimmy

    OMG! Criticizing Israel? No one in America is allowed to do that! It's blasphemy!

    July 20, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    When the USA dropped Atom Bombs on Japan in 1945, we took the position that it would help end a war that we did not start.The loss of civilian life was a fair trade, considering the actions of the enemy.

    The current situation in Gaza is similar. I don't mean that Israel should nuke them, but extreme measures may be acceptable to bring about an end.

    Israel is criticized, but Hamas deliberately puts it rockets and tunnels near civilians.

    July 20, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. just saying

    I see absolutely no difference between this "hot mic" incident and Connie Chung's interview of Newt's mother that got her fired and disgraced. It's time for Chris Wallace's career to follow suit.
    stupid john kerry gets in front of a microphone, which should always be assumed on, and takes a cell phone call and starts yapping in front of people in the studio as well as the open mic and you think it is the fault of chris wallace? you are a total idiot as well. john kerry did multiple interviews on the shows this morning and was likely not even in a fox news studio when this occurred. chris wallace was the only one with the cajones to ask him about it! this is why fox news is the best, hands down. so did all the other news shows cover kerry's behind? probably. i guess you like your news very well strained of any real news.

    July 20, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. Tommy G

    Please don't waste anymore time or jet fuel on this. Make a few phone calls if you wish, but make them brief. Israel must do what it must do to protect its country from 7x24x365 rocket attacks from Gaza and Hamas. The Palestinians have brought this on themselves and should suffer the consequences. They VOTED FOR these Hamas terrorists and now they have become terrorists and terrorists sympathizers. So bottom line is you lay down with dogs, you get fleas. You lay down with terrorists, you get treated as a terrorist.

    Frankly, I believe Israel has been more than patient and has given the Palestinians every opportunity and plenty of time to prove they wish to live in peace. They have shown over and over, that is not what they want. At this point I would fully support Israel if they decided to clear out Gaza and take the land back. Bulldoze the whole place end to end. These people simply refuse to stop their terrorism and so should not be rewarded with a base from which to conduct nonstop terrorism on a neighboring country. We would NEVER tolerate this, why should we expect anybody else to accept it as a way of life?

    July 20, 2014 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. just asking

    The US administration is finding a hard time defending the on going murder and slaughter of the Palestinian people.

    what about the 2,000 missiles being fired into Israel? without iron dome, many more israelis would have been killed or wounded. the palestinians voted for and support hamas which is a terrorist group. that makes the palestinian people terrorists as well and they are now suffering the consequences of that decision. they get not one second of sympathy from me.

    would you be symathetic to the mexicans if they were doing this along our southern border and we went in and took them out? didn't think so. yet here you are attacking a country and its people for defending themselves. i guess this also makes you a supporter of terrorists as well. please report yourself to the fbi immediately.

    July 20, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |

    It would be nice to see 1 dem take their job serious and sincere minus the sins and absent of showboating

    July 20, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Bigwilliestyles

    Wonton slaghter, committed by Isreal. Everything else pales by comparison.

    July 20, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. it must be said

    Just let Israel go in and destroy this terrorist nest. That is the only way they will stop their country from being bombarded with thousands of missiles. Do what the Palestinians are trying to do to you Israel, push them into the sea and let them start swimming. Gaza as a peaceful homeland for the Palestinians was always a pipe dream. The truth is the Palestinians never wanted peace. They want want the destruction of Israel. Well, they had their chance at peace and their own country and have totally blown it. Nobody to blame but themselves. Line up the troops and bulldozers Israel. the sooner the better otherwise this will go on like this forever.

    July 20, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |

    @ gurgy said 0bama was very smart kn0w the truth ? At what gurgy letting our border get invaded by terrorist and a possible attack ? The Border Patrol has already found prayer rugs and mats . read up .

    July 20, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. Dean

    Kerry truly is a moron. And only another moron would make him Secretary of State.

    July 20, 2014 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Grow up already...

    So Israel is above criticism?

    July 20, 2014 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. Name. Jndurden

    We need to stand with Israel. If we do not we will pay the price. Out weak president needs to stand up for Israel no ifs ands or bits

    July 20, 2014 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  18. Wes

    kerry is a disaster.

    July 20, 2014 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. Chris Asking Question

    Does Secretary Kerry hate Israel? This is not the first time he has publically or privately (caught on mic) criticized Israel for taking actions to ensure its survival.

    July 20, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    The Obama regime, is entirely anti-Israel.

    July 20, 2014 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |

    Democrats hate Jewish people just as much as the NAZIS did.

    July 21, 2014 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  22. Marie MD

    @jard, the US needs to keep its hands off everything going on around the world. We have plenty of problems right here at home.
    Both sides are at fault.

    July 21, 2014 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    So what if he was? Israel stated a couple of weeks ago that they had a goal of exterminating Hamas. The only path to achieving that goal is nothing less than genocide.

    July 21, 2014 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  24. Tone

    The US should stop this war monger prime minister of Israel.

    July 21, 2014 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  25. an Iowan

    Someone needs to criticize Israel! Killing children is wrong no matter what side you are on! Israel is NOT the innocent ally some believe it to be!

    July 21, 2014 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
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