In a new wave of criticism against Israel’s prime minister, US Secretary of State John Kerry attacked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s judgment on Iran by implying that he publicly advocated for the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
The secretary’s comments were made Wednesday at a House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting in an attempt to discredit and delegitimize Netanyahu’s evaluation of the Iranian threat.
“The prime minister was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq,” Kerry stated. He went on to add that Netanyahu “may have a judgment that just may not be correct here.”
In 2002, Netanyahu warned a Congressional committee about the dangers of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. His comments were made as a private citizen and not a governmental figure.
Conveniently, Kerry failed to mention in his testimony on Wednesday that he voted, as a then senator, in favor of the US invasion of Iraq on October 11, 2002.
Kerry criticized Netanyahu for being “extremely outspoken” about the interim agreement between Iran and the P5+1. However, he said that he will not “prejudge” the prime minister’s upcoming speech.
The secretary’s comments come a day after US National Security Adviser Susan Rice publicly shamed Netanyahu for creating a “destructive” situation between the US and Israel.
“What has happened over the last several weeks, by virtue of the invitation that was issued by the speaker and the acceptance of it by Prime Minister Netanyahu, two weeks in advance of his election, is that on both sides there has now been injected a degree of partisanship which is not only unfortunate; it’s destructive of the fabric of the relationship,” she said.
Netanyahu has said it is his “sacred duty” to speak to Congress to dissuade them from approving an impending “bad deal” with Iran. Several Arab nations have joined alongside Netanyahu, issuing their own warning to the US.