Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke to give commencement address at Texas's oldest black college Cornyn campaign, Patton Oswalt trade jabs over comedian's support for Senate candidate MJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid MORE (R-Texas) said Monday that Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryBiden's sloppy launch may cost him Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary China, Russia, Iran rise in Latin America as US retreats 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.