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John Kerry’s Phony Mideast Peace Initiative

Posted: January 5, 2014 at 8:15 am   /   by   /   comments (5)

A Mission Devised to Distract

Secretary of State John Kerry, determined to break his predecessor’s frequent flyer record, made his umpteenth visit to the Mideast as the old year ended and the new year began.

He arrived with a clear mission – pressure Israel and the Palestinians to agree on a “framework” for peace. Kerry wants a final agreement by April.

Kerry’s visit would be amusing if the issue were not so serious. Israel and the Palestinians are so far apart on the prerequisites for peace that the Kerry’s mission looked more like high-level busywork than serious diplomacy.

There will be no progress on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict until Arab leaders recognize the State of Israel and renounce terrorism. Israel will never agree to the Palestinian demand of a return to the borders that existed before the 1967 war. And there can be no right of return for so-called Palestinian refugees, a move that would destroy Israel.

Kerry knows the chances of an Israeli-Palestinian agreement by April are nil. But that is not why he made the trip. His real motive was distraction.

The whole world knows that the most burning issue in the Middle East is the outcome of ongoing negotiations to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Then there is the continuing civil war in Syria, the turmoil in Egypt, the resurgence of Al Qaeda in Iraq, and apprehension about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Kerry did accomplish one goal in his visit to Jerusalem. He put more pressure on Israel to surrender. This has been the goal of the Obama administration since taking office five years ago.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cannot take calls for peace negotiations seriously until he has a counterpart willing to negotiate. April will come and go; the stalemate between Israel and the Palestinians will continue.

Canadian news sees through John Kerry and this nonsense . . . why can’t ours?

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  • January 5, 2014 at 5:46 pm phoenixlaw

    So in other words, Israel gets to set all the conditions for any agreement.  Seems fair to me.

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    • January 6, 2014 at 4:11 am WesternFreePress

      phoenixlawEh, even if they gave the “Palestinians” everything they were asking for, they’d still walk away. Their goal is to kill all the Jews. Nothing short of that will satisfy them. And every one of you “anti-zionist” types, is—whether you realize it or not, whether you admit it or not—an enabler of Jew-slaughter.

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      • January 6, 2014 at 8:59 am phoenixlaw

        WesternFreePress phoenixlaw So the 50-year-long illegal Israeli occupation, and theft of Palestinian land means nothing?  If a foreign army had been occupying my country for 50 years, all the while stealing the best land and building illegal settlements on that land for its own citizens – if I fought back, would I be a terrorist?   Certainly there are Palestinians who would kill Israelis, but the vast majority of Palestinians are just everyday people who want to be left alone, raise families and live their lives in their own country free from foreign domination.

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        • January 6, 2014 at 11:02 am WesternFreePress

          phoenixlawWesternFreePress 
          What occupation?
          From the time that the Romans drove out the Jewish state, and most of the Jews, in AD 70, the area was a backwater holding of various colonial powers. It was never its own sovereign state during that period. 
          In the 19th century, Jews began buying——BUYING——land, mostly from absentee Ottoman or Arab landlords. More Jews moved in. At the same time, more ARABS moved in because the Jewish presence was increasing commerce, life expectancy, quality of life, etc.

          Eventually, tensions rose to the point where the partition occurred, making Israel one of the few states IN HUMAN HISTORY to have been formed via international consensus/agreement/imprimatur. 

          In that agreement, the Jews got a state and so did the Arabs. The Arab portion was totally Judenrein—just as Hitler would have wanted it, and just as the Arabs in the area today want it.

          But that wasn’t good enough for the Arabs. Five nations attacked the next day with the express goal of driving every Jew into the sea. They failed. Israel won. In the process, Israel expanded her territory to create a defensive buffer against future assaults. 

          During that invasion, the countries of the invading armies told the

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        • January 6, 2014 at 11:11 am phoenixlaw

          WesternFreePress phoenixlaw So then, in your mind, UN Security Council Resolutions, such as 242, mean nothing?

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