A Grim Kerry Tale

It used to be that fairy tales began with the words “Once upon a time….” Nowadays, fairy tales, or perhaps more properly, KERRY tales, begin with the words: “Secretary of State Kerry said today….”

There have been statements he has made over time that were confusing. There have been statements that were amusing and at other times, his statements were downright maddening.

But his most recent pronouncement truly took the proverbial cake! John Kerry actually said, regarding Iran’s open animosity to Israel that while “they have a fundamental ideological confrontation with Israel at this particular moment” that doesn’t necessarily mean “that translates into active steps.” In addition, he said that the discussion about Iran’s hostility toward Israel in connection with the nuclear deal is “a waste of time here,” opined Kerry. In other words, the Secretary of State of the United States of America is “pooh-poohing” the daily calls of death to Israel and death to America…Nah, they don’t really MEAN it. It is just an ideological difference of opinion!

Let’s turn the clock back a little over 70 years and pretend we see a headline that states (in the name of the then-Secretary of State) Cordell Hull: “Hitler does not really want to kill all the Jews. The Nazis merely have an ideological difference of opinion with the Jews. Besides, all of this discussion is a waste of time here.

Crazy, no?

The truth is that there is a very simple way to know the intentions of the Islamic Republic of Iran: Just ask them! I believe that instead of speculating what they REALLY mean, when they call for the death of Israel, perhaps Kerry should pick up the phone and call his new friends in Iran! Ask them…ask them straight out what they mean when they chant these phrases. 

In the course of history, we have seen time and again, when a despotic ruler makes statements that he wants to annihilate a people or wishes to wreak havoc, he means it. When the leaders of a country stand together, ONE MILLION STRONG in Iran and chant “Death to Israel” they MEAN what they say. When they chant “Death to the USA” they mean it.

To ignore calls for the annihilation of the Jewish State and the United States is foolhardy. But to make light of them and to say that the ones making such statements do not really mean it, is malfeasance at the highest level and can potentially cause the Secretary of State to find himself on the wrong side of history.

About the Author
After living in Chicago for 50 years, the last 10 of which Zev Shandalov served as a shul Rav and teacher in local Orthodox schools, his family made Aliya to Maale Adumim in July 2009. Shandalov currently works as a teacher, mostly interacting with individual students.