Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on Fox News Sunday and was caught on a hot mic apparently criticizing the Israeli strike in Gaza to one of his aides.
“While you were on camera and while you were on microphone you just spoke to one of your top aides in between the interviews about the situation in Israel and the fact that 14 Israelis have either been shot or killed in an operation,” said Fox News host Chris Wallace. He then played the recording for Kerry.
“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry had said of the death toll in the recording.
“It underscores the need for a ceasefire,” the aide said.
“We’ve got to get over there," Kerry said. "Thank you John. I think John, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around."
Wallace called the conversation an “extraordinary moment of diplomacy.”
“Are you upset that the Israelis have gone too far and do you intend to go back to the Middle East tonight, sir?” he asked.
“We support Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets that are continuing to come in,” Kerry said. “It’s tough. It’s tough to have this kind of operation. I reacted obviously in a way that anybody does with respect to young children and civilians. But war is tough.”
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