McCain: Send Kerry to Israel
July 6th, 2014
05:15 PM ET
9 years 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.

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"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."

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  1. Luc

    it has been out of control for a hundred years. What can the US really do to sit these crazies down. Nothing. Mc Cain is in his own little bubble. Has he not been in government long enough to understand what is going on in Israel. Send McCain and see if he can broker a peace agreement, highly unlikely. We need to spend the money at home and educate the politicians how to work together. No comment from GOP on jobs created of course not because it is good news. They will find a way to make it look bad. Look at the stock market never higher in the history of USA which means the rich are getting richer with no help on the horizon for the middle class, immigration, minimum wage,ACA for southern states which GOP refuse to offer there voters after 8-9 million already have it, equal pay and on and on.

    July 7, 2014 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. morteza

    Now Palastenians are better experienced as before , and there is no Need to aqny out sider to interfer , under any friendship excuses. They can with help of other stupid Arabs to take care of them and destroy this Terrorist Group like ISIS for good. The stupid arabs should knw that after loosing palestinians in this self dence is the turn of them and their coutry to be attacked and occupied by These Terrorist occupiers.

    July 7, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  3. kool aid man

    Mc Cain wants to get involved, say it ain't so pa! Of course he wants to get involved, and critic every decision made, even if its his . Nonstop nonsense, this is your gop, anything but work, anything .

    July 7, 2014 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Rudy NYC


    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..
    I guess you must have missed out on the mini-war that Israel had been fighting with Hamas over the last few years. To blame John Kerry and Pres. Obama for a religious conflict that is thousands of years old is beyond absurd.

    July 7, 2014 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. luke,az

    Send McCain to the assisted living center. I've been in AZ for 34 years and he has shown himself to not be that intelligent. A glaring example was when he suspended his presidential campaign in 2008 and met with economic advisors along with soon to be President Obama to discuss what to do to solve the economic crisis and he embarrassingly fumbled his presentation. Like they say, " All hat and no cattle" .

    July 7, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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