Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz Calls For John Kerry's Resignation In Senate Floor Speech

| by Will Hagle

In his latest stunt on the U.S. Senate floor, Sen. Ted Cruz  (R-Texas) is calling for Secretary of State John Kerry to resign. 

Cruz argued his case on Monday as a reaction against Kerry’s comments regarding Israel. Kerry recently compared Israel’s policy to “abhorrent apartheid policies of South Africa.”

Kerry has since apologized for his comments and reaffirmed his committment to maintaining the country's relationship with Israel. According to The Guardian, Kerry claimed apartheid was “a word best left out of the debate here at home.”

“The fact that Secretary Kerry sees nothing wrong with making a statement comparing Israel’s policy to the abhorrent apartheid policies of South Africa, and doing so on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, demonstrates a shocking lack of sensitivity to the incendiary and damaging nature of his rhetoric,” Cruz said from the Senate floor, “Mr. President, sadly, it is my belief that Secretary Kerry has proven himself unsuitable for the position he holds. And therefore, before any further harm is done to our national security interests and to our critical alliance with the nation of Israel, John Kerry should offer President Obama his resignation and the president should accept it.”

Kerry attempted to explain what intended by his comments. 

“Israel is a vibrant democracy and I do not believe, nor have I ever stated, publicly or privately, that Israel is an apartheid state or that it intends to become one. Second, I have been around long enough to also know the power of words to create a misimpression, even when unintentional, and if I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word to describe my firm belief that the only way in the long term to have a Jewish state and two nations and two peoples living side by side in peace and security is through a two-state solution,” Kerry said.