WATCH: Israel, Don't Expect the World to Rid Gaza of Rockets Like It Did Syria of Chemical Weapons

WATCH: Diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid explains why the international community must oversee all building materials sent to Gaza, why John Kerry's efforts to broker an Israel-Hamas cease-fire failed miserably, and whether Israel and the U.S. are facing a crisis over the war.

Aimee Amiga
Aimee Amiga
Aimee Amiga interviews Barak Ravid, July 29, 2014.
Aimee Amiga interviews Barak Ravid, July 29, 2014.
Aimee Amiga
Aimee Amiga

Haaretz’s diplomatic correspondent, Barak Ravid, said Tuesday that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has come to the understanding that he made a “huge mistake” in his efforts to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

In an interview with Aimee Amiga, the reporter said Kerry’s move to introduce Hamas allies Turkey and Qatar to the group of negotiators only served to sabotage efforts being made by Israeli allies.

Related Videos:

WATCH: Is Israel ending its Gaza operation?

WATCH: Analyst: Israel is caring more for Gaza civilians than U.S. did in Iraq

“This was a huge mistake by Kerry,” said Ravid, “But, you know what? I think he got the message.”

Last week, Ravid revealed the full text of Kerry’s cease-fire proposal, which was rejected by both Israel and Hamas, and wrote in an analysis that his conduct in brokering the plan raised serious doubts over his comprehension of regional events. Ravid’s analysis was one of many articles across the spectrum of Israeli media – and government officials – that criticized the secretary’s conduct.

Kerry’s failed effort and the subsequent Israeli criticism of his conduct, however, did not lead to a new crisis in relations between Israel and the United States, Ravid clarified in the interview. Rather, he said, the tensions felt between the countries over the past few days is typical of Israeli-U.S. debate over differing policies.

In the interview on Tuesday, Ravid also said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has changed his attitude toward international monitors.

“Over the years he has always said that he is against international forces In Iran he doesn’t trust the IAEA inspections of the nuclear facilities. In Lebanon he says that UNIFIL, the UN force there is not doing its job. In the West Bank he rejected numerous proposals for international forces because he says that only the IDF can protect Israel.

“But here in Gaza, all of a sudden he says, ‘I want an international mechanism to help in monitoring, inspecting and even being on the ground in Gaza.”

This shift in his approach, says Ravid, may lead to a change in the way he looks at the West Bank, too. This is the first time Netanyahu has encouraged the international community to be involved.

The diplomatic correspondent also said the exposure of Hamas’ infiltration tunnels has served as a “wake-up call – not only for the international community, not only for the Israeli government, but for almost every person and organization that is dealing with the blockade on Gaza.”

The key message that emerges from this lesson, says Ravid, is that “we really have to inspect and monitor everything that goes on in Gaza, at least as long as Hamas is the ruling party there.”

Click the alert icon to follow topics:



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

$1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN

A family grieves outside the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Wednesday.

Israeli PM Offers Condolences After Texas Gunman Kills 21 at Elementary School

U.S. President Joe Biden, this week.

Biden Decides to Keep Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Terror List, Says Report

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

Progressive Jews Urge ADL Chief to Apologize for Calling Out Democratic Activist

Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders with Jessica Cisneros in San Antonio last week.

It’s AIPAC vs. Bernie Sanders in Too-close-to-call Texas Democratic Runoff

U.S. President Joe Biden. Making a historic pivot to Asia.

Biden Does What His Three Predecessors Talked About Yet Failed to Do

Meir Kahane addressing his followers during a demonstration in Jerusalem, in 1984.

Why the U.S. Removed Kahane Chai From Terrorist Blacklist