Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised The Senate confirmation process is broken — Senate Democrats can fix it Australian politician on Cruz, vaccines: 'We don't need your lectures, thanks mate' MORE (R-Texas) said Monday that Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Climate divides conservative Democrats in reconciliation push Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Altria — Walrus detectives: Scientists recruit public to spot mammal from space 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.”
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.