Secretary of State John Kerry had a hot-mic moment on Sunday that “left some wondering whether he was criticizing Israeli assurances that its ground offensive in Gaza would be limited.” CNN,
Kerry’s comments occurred between multiple television interviews. He was heard in a phone conversation with a State Department deputy, Jonathan Finer, discussing the deaths of Israeli soldiers killed overnight.
“I hope they don’t think that’s an invitation to go do more,” Kerry said in the unguarded moment. “That better be the warning to them…
“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation. It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry said, a seemingly frustrated comment aimed at Israel.
“Noting that the situation is “escalating,” Finer added: “it just underscores the need for a cease fire.”
“We’ve got to get over there,” Kerry said, adding, “I think, Jon, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around. Let’s go.”