Former Secretary of State and current United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry is accused of spilling the beans to Iran on Israeli operations in Syria. 

The accusations are based on an audiotape recording of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. In the recording, Zarif claims that while Kerry was the Secretary of State, he discussed with him more than 200 Israeli operations carried out in Syria against Iranian targets.

John Kerry had a myopic obsession with reaching a nuclear deal with Iran. Despite what many in the U.S. felt about Tehran, Kerry tried to cozy up to the ayatollahs. He also did his best to do the Iranians’ bidding when it came to Israel. Kerry wanted to go down in history as the man who brought Iran into the 21st century whatever the cost.

After leaving office, Kerry, as a private citizen, conducted additional meetings with Zarif acting as a sounding board for Tehran. At the time, the Trump administration railed at what was criticized as violations of the Logan Act. The act bans private citizens from attempting to carrying out U.S. foreign policy. His behavior has also raised questions about what Kerry told Iranian officials over the years.

All May Not Be as it Appears

Therefore, the bait was too hard to resist for many conservative Republicans in Congress with some even calling Kerry’s actions treasonous. Yet, the news should generate a second look.
John Kerry denied allegations from Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif that he tipped off Iran about Israeli covert actions in Syria.

What is known is that the tapes are real. Zarif recorded them with an Iranian think tank with the purpose of detailing his career. The tapes found their way to London, to the offices of Iran International TV, a U.K.-based oppositionist station that details abuses by the Tehran regime. The station shared the information with the New York Times which reported on it.

Nevertheless, despite how many feel about Kerry, Zarif’s statements are almost laughable.

In the recording, Zarif claims that he had little control of Iran’s foreign policy. Further, he says that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) kept him out of the loop and that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wasn’t aware of MG Qassem Soleimani’s intervention into diplomacy.