After days of often self-contradictory back and forth with reporters during daily briefings, always punctuated by assurances that they’re definitely not blaming Israel for anything Israel is doing, spokesman John Kirby confirmed there are “credible reports” Israel is using excessive force against Palestinian protesters.
When pressed on the matter, Kirby conceded that the US had brought up concerns about the use of force in conversations with Israeli officials, and that they had “routinely” done so throughout the years, while trying to downplay the idea that they had any real problem with what Israel is doing on the whole.
Indeed, the State Department appeared to be desperately trying to backpedal from comments by Secretary of State John Kerry linking the massive increase in illegal Israeli settlements to “frustration” among the Palestinians, insisting they wanted to “clarify” that they aren’t trying to blame anybody for anything that’s happening, or trying to say Israel should or shouldn’t do anything in particular.
Today’s comments came after a protracted exchange the previous day at the State Department in which reporters wondered whether reports that officials were pressing both sides to find ways to deescalate the situation meant they were suggesting Israel was doing anything short of a perfect job, something the spokesman for that day, Mark Toner, desperately tried to deny.
And while it took almost a whole week, the State Department finally conceded that a Dimona incident in which an Israeli Jew stabbed four Arabs was in fact “terrorism.” This was a controversial issue they were asked several times about, and had previously ducked the question, while affirming that all incidents of Arabs stabbing Jews in the country were definitely terrorism. The officials appeared to be puzzled as to why this was being asked so often, until they finally came around to an answer.
13 thoughts on “State Dept: Credible Reports Israel Using Excessive Force on Protesters”
Excessive force in comparison to whom??
When using a word such as "excessive", the force must be compared to some other force that was used to accomplish the same result. When a knife armed attacker turns and runs from the police searching the person — what is reasonable and what is excessive??
Israel–still ruling over the most powerful nation on earth ™. Something Obama strangely forgot to mention during his 'We are the King of the World' UN speech.
And the US don't know it yet
Excessive force……………………REALLY………………..are we surprised!
What will America do?
The Israel firsters in the Government, will not allow anything to be done!
In other news, robed mystery hologram looking & talking like Palpatine might actually be Palpatine.
Please shut up America.
How about if the US just keep it's mouth shut
and continue to nod.
Read Ramzy Baroud's article today on Intifada to get a real idea of these pathetic arguments in favor of Israel whatever it does, or the Real News network interview with Shir Hever on what might now happen.
Quick – let's send them some more weapons (form human testing)
There's no "may be" about it.
Worth remembering that Israel has been fighting the Palestinians since 1948 and hasn't beaten them yet.
Of course Israel is using excessive force. Israel was founded on massacres, rape and ethnic cleansing. Even their own historians agree. This is a ridiculous, cowardly statement from a government that is under the vice like grip of a foreign government, Israel, and aided and abetted by a treasonous internal fifth column. We will continue to have endless war and impoverishment until these Israel Firsters are rooted out.
John Kirby–priceless (Zio mouthpiece).
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