Kerry vs. Conn: A contrast in juxtapositions after the Boston Bombings

Kerry's awful comparison of the Mavi Mara terrorists to the people murdered in Boston shows just how little he understands the Middle East. Photo: Secretary of State John Kerry / AP

ISRAEL, April 24, 2013 —  The funny thing about Talmud, and a reason why so many Orthodox Jews go on to be successful lawyers, is that it really trains your mind to think logically.

This is because, just like the law, the Talmud puts forth a set of rules that the Torah is meant to be studied and dissected by (known as Talmudic hermeneutics).

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One such rule, put forth by Rabbi Akiva, is the Law of Juxtaposition. According to the law, “every passage which stands close to another must be explained and interpreted with reference to its neighbor” and thus, deductions may be made when two statements are made within the same conversation.

After the horrific bombings in Boston last week, throngs of media from every corner rushed to share their two cents, but to me, two voices stood out in the crowd.

The first was that of a top emergency medical doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital , Dr. Alasdair Conn. Dr. Conn, who, in a statement to the press just hours after the horrific and gutless attack said “the scene of the carnage and the horrific injuries sustained by the victims were reminiscent of ‘a bomb explosion that we hear about in the news in Baghdad or Israel, or some other tragic place in the world.’”

This appeared to jog his memory, later adding “about two years ago, in actual fact, we asked the Israelis to come across, and they helped us set up our disaster team so that we could respond in this kind of manner.”

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To those of us familiar to Israeli outreach worldwide in the fields of technology, medicine, and security (just to name a few) this statement comes as no surprise. Israel is always one of the first and swiftest responders to international disasters despite this being downplayed in the mainstream media. Fables of apartheid sell more copy apparently.

However, it turns out that it is far from just the media that has a twisted view of Israel and its efforts to make the world a better and safer place.

At a press conference in Istanbul on Sunday, new U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about the importance of bolstering diplomatic ties between Turkey and Israel. This comes, of course, on the heels of Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu shameful apology for the Mavi Mara incident at the command of President Obama.

Allow me to digress for a moment and ask: how was this apology received?

The Turkish population anointed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for bringing the Zionists to their knees, with one report on elucidating that “the propaganda machinery of the ruling party in Turkey immediately began spreading the word that Israel had accepted all three conditions of Turkey, with the implication that Israel had bowed before Turkey.”

Additionally, immediately following the apology, Erdogan announced he will meet with a designated terrorist group and an organization with the eradication of Israel off the face of the earth in their charter, Hamas. (Dr. Efriam Inbar of the BESA Center has a far more in-depth analysis on why the apology was a disaster for Israel and it is a must-read for all those concerned for the Jewish nation).

Oh and just by the way, it has recently been exposed that throughout this entire freeze-out Turkey has implemented with Israel, Erdogan’s son has been found to be doing business with Israel, thus making it okay to consort with the Zionist enemy as long as the ruling class is financially benefitting from it (what a flourishing Democracy they have over there)!

What is important to note is how the United States has responded to the apology they themselves demanded, which brings me back to Kerry’s statement in Istanbul on Sunday.

In his address, with regard to the Mavi Mara, Kerry said “I have just been through the week of Boston and I have deep feelings for what happens when you have violence and something happens and you lose people that are near and dear to you. It affects a community, it affects a country. We’re very sensitive to that.”

Here we have one of the most senior officials in the Obama administration JUXTAPOSING the bombing in Boston carried out by two individuals apparently trained in Afghani terrorist summer camps with the IDF carrying out a mission to stop a boat full of armed radicals trying to breach an Israeli security blockade and were met with lethal force. The IDF had paintball guns, the ‘activists’ had knives and worse. The fact that the activists lost a few members while the IDF suffered no real casualties is a tribute to the Israeli military’s expertise, not a condemnation of self-defense (sounds familiar I must say).

In President Obama’s now infamous Cairo speech he juxtaposed incorrectly the Holocaust with the legitimacy of a Jewish claim to the land of Israel, not to mention to Israeli treatment of Palestinians. This administration obviously needs a history lesson or two.  

John Kerry juxtaposed the Boston bombing victims with the Mavi Mara terrorists who were killed while trying to injure and kill IDF soldiers who were simply defending their borders.

This is naïve at best and insidious and detestable at worst.

The next apology should come from Mr. Kerry to Israel for his absurd juxtaposition, because if this is the tone the second Obama administration intends to set in the Middle East, aside from it being facetious, reckless and uninformed, it is infuriating and just plain repulsive.

Mr. Kerry we anxiously await your call. Until then your speech makes many in Israel angry and makes me, personally, sick to my stomach.

You’re dealing with the Middle East now, time to WAKE UP!



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Doni Kandel

Doni Kandel has been writing about Israel and Jewish issues since the age of 13. Originally from Los Angeles, he is now living in central Israel, studying for his M.A. in Counter-Terrorisms and Homeland Security at the IDC Herzliya. His work can also be found at, where he is the editor-in-chief, as well as on his blog for the Jerusalem Post, E-TONE


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