The Wall Street Journal: Kerry: ‘Hell of a pinpoint operation’ by Israel
By Andrew Grossman
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
In a conversation with an aide that was caught on an open microphone Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to express concerns about the tactics being used by Israel in its Gaza invasion.
“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation. It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” he said, apparently sarcastically, in a phone call while on a television set waiting to record interviews with Sunday talk shows. Fox News Sunday aired the clip.
“Right. It’s escalating really significantly and it just underscores the need for a cease fire,” the aide said.
“We’ve got to get over there,” Kerry said, hanging up and handing a cellphone to someone off screen. “I think, John, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around.”
On Sunday, the Israeli government expanded the military’s ground operation against Hamas militants and thousands civilians poured into Gaza City seeking shelter from artillery attacks.
After airing the clip, Fox host Chris Wallace asked Kerry whether he was upset that the Israelis are going too far. The secretary responded by defending Israel’s operations, which it says are aimed at shutting down tunnels used by Hamas to surreptitiously cross from Gaza into Israel.
“You have people who’ve come out of tunnels. You have a right to go in and take out those tunnels,” he said. “We completely support that and we support Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets that are continuing to come in.”
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com