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The enemies of Israel are also America’s enemies. And when they see rifts developing between America and Israel, they will try to exploit that to pressure Israel and score points in the international arena, where most of the world is all too happy to unfairly malign the Jewish state.

Mr. Kerry’s remarks were a strategic blunder that harm Israel at the very time they are engaged in a fight to live their lives without a constant barrage of rockets coming down on their heads. During a time of relative quiet, Mr. Kerry’s negative comments toward Israel would be misguided and unhelpful. During a time of war, they are simply inexcusable.

Armstrong Williams is sole owner/manager of Howard Stirk Holdings and executive editor of American CurrentSee Online Magazine.