Sen. Deb Fischer doesn’t care for the comments, but she isn’t calling for the resignation of Secretary of State John Kerry.
Kerry predicted in comments recorded during a private meeting an apartheid state would form in Israel if the Israeli government cannot reach agreement with the Palestinians on a two-state resolution to their long-simmering conflict.
Fischer won’t join Texas Senator Ted Cruz in calling for Kerry’s resignation over the remarks.
“The secretary serves at the pleasure of the president,” Fischer says. “Ted Cruz can demand his resignation, but that is still up to the president whether the secretary will be replaced or not.”
Fischer won’t rule out the possibility of Congress taking action if Kerry’s comments harm the country’s relationship with Israel.
Fischer says Kerry’s comments were inappropriate.
“He has apologized. He is backing away from that comment,” Fischer says. “But to even have a slip-up like that at that level, of our Secretary of State, it’s very disturbing.”
Pro-Israel groups have accused Kerry of inappropriate language and insensitivity.
Kevin Thomas, KLIN, contributed to this report.