Peter Roskam at CPAC cc Flickr

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Peter Roskam (R-IL) sent a strongly-worded request to Secretary of State John Kerry in response to critical comments made by U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro to Israel. In it, he demanded a public rejection of the remarks made by Shapiro during a speech in Tel Aviv.

This is the comment made by Shapiro that was objectionable to Roskam:

“Too many attacks on Palestinians lack a vigorous investigation or response by Israeli authorities, too much vigilantism goes unchecked, and at times there seem to be two standards of adherence to the rule of law: one for Israelis and another for Palestinians.”

In response, Roskam, who co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus, wrote to Kerry. This is a portion of what he said:

"Shapiro troublingly questions Israel’s ‘long-term intentions’ and openly cast doubt upon the seriousness of its desire to reach peace with the Palestinians. These remarks do not reflect reality, yet they serve to empower those who wish to delegitimize and marginalize the Jewish state.

In fact, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement consistently seizes on this exact type of rhetoric to advance its insidious campaign to destroy Israel.

As Israeli security forces work to combat the continuing wave of Palestinian terrorism, Shapiro’s comment are likely to add fuel to the anti-Israel fire. Now, more than ever, the United States must unequivocally stand with Israel, our strongest ally in the Middle East.

Repeated public displays of disunity only serve to weaken our relationship, inhibit peace efforts, and incite further hatred. Ambassador Shapiro’s troubling remarks are counterproductive and wrong. I encourage you to reject these misguided comments and reaffirm out unbreakable support for Israel.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also made a statement following Shapiro's remarks, saying:

"The words of the ambassador, on a day in which a murdered mother of six is buried and on a day in which a pregnant woman is stabbed — are unacceptable and incorrect. Israel enforces the law for Israelis and Palestinians. The Palestinian Authority is the one responsible for the diplomatic freeze, and continues to incite and refuse talks.”

Last year Kerry publicly broke ranks with the Administration to show support for Netanyahu's speech to Congress.

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