Secretary of State John Kerry made the rounds on Sunday morning, doing five interviews on the political talk shows.
The biggest talking point came just before he went on “Fox News Sunday,” when he had a phone conversation with an aide that was caught on his open mic.
“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry said in reference to Israel’s attack and ground invasion of Gaza.
He then went on to say the U.S. can’t sit and just watch.
“We’ve got to get over there,” Kerry said. “Thank you John. I think John, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around.”
Wallace then confronted Kerry about his comments.
“While you were on camera and while you were on microphone, you just talked to one of your top aides about the situation in Israel and the fact that 14 Israelis have apparently been shot and killed in an operation,” Wallace said.
Kerry defended his comments, as well as Israel and its right do defend itself.
“It’s tough to have these kind of operations. I reacted, obviously, in a way that anybody does with respect to young children and civilians,” Kerry said. “War is tough. I’ve said that publicly and I’ve said it again. We defend Israeli’s right to do what it is doing,” Kerry said.
And just hours after the open mic comments, the White House announced Sunday afternoon that Kerry will head to Egypt to press for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants, according to the Associated Press.
President Barack Obama spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the second time in three days, and told Netanyahu that he has “serious concern” over the increasing number of casualities.
h/t: Politico, Associated Press