Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Kerry’s Dubious Utility As A Peace Process Facilitator Is Officially At An End

I have despised John Kerry ever since he compared American servicemen deployed in Vietnam to “the Army of Genghis Khan” in exaggerated imagery:
“They had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam.”
Secretary of State “Ketchup” has issued a series of remarks over the past nine months that have incensed his Israeli counterparts and left the Mideast Peace Talks in utter disarray.

Last month he suggested that a deterioration of the peace talks was due to settlement activity in east Jerusalem. This past March he suggested that Israel would face a reinvigorated boycott, divestment and sanctions movement should talks fail, and last November he seemed to threaten Israel with a third intifada if a deal was not concluded.

The current administration continues to open itself up to parody, an example of which we saw most recently in a video clip, and now we learn than he warned if Israel did not make peace soon it could become “an apartheid state.”

This slur against Israel must be music of the ears of the Palestinians, Hamas and our betters on the Left.

Attempting to walk back the loaded term “apartheid” in relation to Israel, Kerry said:
“If I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word to describe my firm belief that the only way in the long term to have a Jewish state and two nations and two peoples living side by side in peace and security is through a two state solution.  In the long term, a unitary, bi-national state cannot be the democratic Jewish state that Israel deserves or the prosperous state with full rights that the Palestinian people deserve.”
Kerry’s non-apology apology means simply that armies of soldiers, terrorists and diplomats continue to gather in a flagrant scheme to carve up the Holy City of Jerusalem and eradicate half the city of Jews and turn it into a staging zone for some of the world’s most barbaric terrorists.

Kerry must resign his post as Secretary of State and Jonathan Tobin’s money quote adds credence to this thought:
“[Kerry’s] ability to influence events in a positive way is finished. By injecting the apartheid slur into the negotiations, Kerry has poisoned the waters in a manner that will only make it more rather than less difficult for Palestinian leaders to do what they must to bring about peace. Rather than pushing the parties toward an agreement, he has sabotaged the process. Just as the end of the conflict will have to wait until a new generation of Palestinians is willing to put aside their rejection of a Jewish state, so too, must a productive American intervention be put off until Kerry leaves the diplomatic stage.”

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