During Secretary of State John Kerry’s tour of the Sunday morning talk show circuit Kerry was caught on a hot mic discussing the conflict in Gaza with an aide on the phone before going on air on “Fox News Sunday.” Once on air during the interview, the show’s host, Chris Wallace, played the clip of the phone conversation where Kerry comments on Israel’s ongoing offensive in Gaza, saying: "It's a hell of a pinpoint operation. It's a hell of a pinpoint operation.”
Kerry’s remark appears to be sarcastic and, the Washington Post points out, “an apparent reference to Israel's insistence that its incursion into the region would be limited.” "It's escalating significantly and it just underscores the need for a ceasefire," the aide responded before Kerry finishes the conversation saying: "We've got to get over there. I think we ought to go tonight” calling it "crazy" to be "sitting around." After playing the clip Wallace followed up, asking: "When you said it's a hell of a pinpoint operation are you upset that the Israelis are going too far?"