John Kerry Didn’t Think Anyone Was Listening When He Vented About Gaza

FILE - In this Thursday, April 24, 2014, file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks in Washington. Kerry said Sunday, July 20, 2014, on NBC'S "Meet the Press" that Israel "has every right in the world to defend itself" from attacks by Hamas militants in Gaza, but the U.S. is working diligently to get an immediate cease-fire in place. He said Israel must protect its citizens, and that no nation "would sit there while rockets are bombarding it.’’ Kerry also says he believes that President Barack Obama will want him to return to the Mideast shortly to see if a cease-fire can be put in place. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Secretary of State John Kerry fell into the same hot mic trap many politicians interviewed on television before him have experienced.

Kerry’s microphone was still on during a commercial break on Fox News Sunday and it caught him talking to a top aide standing off camera about the Israeli government’s tactics in Gaza.

In a sarcastic tone, a frustrated Kerry is heard saying, “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation.”

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He then hands his phone to his aide and says, “We’ve got to get over there. Thank you, John. I think, John, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around.”

However, viewers are only able to hear Kerry’s comments during his conversation with his aide.

Still, show host Chris Wallace confronted Kerry about his comment, asking if he thought the “Israelis are going too far.”

Kerry replied:

“I think it’s very very difficult in these situations, obviously very difficult, Chris. You have people who have come out of tunnels. You have a right to go in and take out those tunnels. We completely support that. We support Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets continuing to come in. Hamas has started this process, rocketing after Israel was trying to find the people who killed three young ones — American kid, three young Israeli citizens. It’s disgraceful. Yeah, it’s tough. It’s tough to have this kind of operation. I reacted obviously in a way that, you know, anybody does with respect to young children and civilians, but war is tough.”