Kerry not worried by criticism of his Gaza-Israel ceasefire efforts

Published July 31st, 2014 - 09:00 GMT

United States (U.S) Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that widespread criticism of his efforts to win a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas do not worry him and said he will continue to work toward that goal because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked him to.

“I have taken hits before in politics, I am not worried about it,” he told reporters at the State Department. “This is not about me.”

Kerry said he is convinced that a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, followed by negotiations to resolve the underlying causes of the conflict, is “more appropriate” than continuing to wage war.

“I am not going to worry about personal attacks,” he said, adding that he and President Barack Obama are convinced “it is more appropriate to try to resolve the underlying issues at a negotiating table than to continue a tit-for-tat of violence that will invite more violence and perhaps a greater downward spiral which would be much more difficult to recover from.”

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