Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzGOP super PAC pours millions into Ga. special election Cruz: 'Schumer and the Democrats want a shutdown' Kansas Republican sworn in after special election MORE (R-Texas) said Monday that Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryEgypt’s death squads and America's deafening silence With help from US, transformative change in Iran is within reach Ellison comments on Obama criticized as 'a stupid thing to say' MORE should resign for allegedly saying that Israel risked becoming "an apartheid state" if it didn't agree to a peace deal.

“Secretary Kerry has proven himself unsuitable for the position he holds,” Cruz said on the Senate floor. “John Kerry should offer President Obama his resignation.”

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On Sunday, The Daily Beast reported that Kerry likened the Jewish state to South Africa's racist apartheid regime during a talk with a group of influential world leaders behind closed doors on Friday.

“There is no place for this word in the context of the state of Israel … because America will be with Israel regardless of the status of the diplomatic process,” Cruz said of Kerry's use of "apartheid." 

Kerry has been trying to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians but has suffered major setbacks this month with the Palestinian Authority forming a unity government with Hamas, which Israel considers a terrorist organization. That led Israel to suspend talks with the Palestinians.

Earlier Monday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) demanded Kerry apologize but didn't go as far as Cruz in calling for his resignation.