According to the State Department, Israeli TV reports of John Kerry coming to the Middle East to
stick his oar in float a new peace initiative (to be followed by intense pressure on Israel so that a solution is imposed) are untrue. However, perhaps Bibi might consider what would happen if such a state of affairs actually unfolded: Israel would be caught between the proverbial hard place and a rock, and in my opinion, Bibi would be to blame.
My guess is that Bibi does not want to put together a peace initiative, because doing so would fracture the coalition. He loves being in power too much. So, he would prefer it be somebody else’s initiative. But surely by now he realizes that Obama (and probably Clinton, too) are no friends of his; nor do they care about Israeli mainstream thinking on the Palestinians, security, and peace. Verily, they – somewhat ironically – want to play the part of an old style colonial power.
Bibi is to blame because he should be the one promoting a peace plan; getting Obama and his successor and the Europeans lined up behind it, and actively trying to make it work. His failure to be proactive is bad news for Israel.
Here’s the question:
Are Arab lives only valuable when their deaths can be blamed on Jews?
Here’s just part of the context from Haaretz:
U.S.-led air strikes hit grain silos and other targets in Islamic State-controlled territory in northern and eastern Syria overnight, killing civilians and wounding militants, a group monitoring the war said on Monday.
The aircraft may have mistaken the mills and grain storage areas in the northern Syrian town of Manbij for an Islamic State base, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. There was no immediate comment from Washington.
The strikes in Manbij appeared to have killed only civilians, not fighters, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Observatory which gathers information from sources in Syria.
It was the Elder of Ziyon who first posed the question (see here) while skewering John Kerry.
But there are more questions the Elder, rightly, poses:
Will reporters even ask the State Department about this? Will there be sarcastic comments about US pinpoint airstrike capability and intelligence? Will there be any video reports showing mangled bodies and wailing mothers? Will anyone say that targeting a grain silo is a war crime of depriving people of food, as Goldstone did?
Are there any real journalists out there?
When is Mr Kerry going to apologize?
You may have your own questions. All right thinking people should, in the light of this scandalous hypocrisy.
Times of Israel has some more quotes from Haaertz about John Kerry:
- This is from the left of the political spectrum
- Kerry’s has been an embarrassing performance
- There has been “apparent” dishonesty
- He offered Hamas everything they could have hoped for
- His proposal puts a death warrant on Abbas (I wonder if Abbas realizes this)
- His proposal thwarts the possibility of reaching a cease fire
- Ya’alon was possibly right about Kerry
The only part I disagree with is the description of Kerry as a friend of Israel. No friend behaves like he has. No wonder American foreign policy is rubbish.
From the Times of Israel:
The article includes this:
The unnamed sources, quoted by Israel’s Channel 2 TV, said Kerry “dug a tunnel under the Egyptian ceasefire proposal” — which Israel accepted and Hamas rejected last week — and presented the Israeli government with a text that accepted “most of the demands” raised by Hamas, the Islamist terror group that rules the Strip.
To the “horror” of the Israeli ministers, the Kerry proposal accepted Hamas’s demands for the opening of border crossings into Gaza — where Israel and Egypt fear the import of weaponry; the construction of a seaport; and the creation of a post-conflict funding channel for Hamas from Qatar and other countries, according to the sources. The proposal, meanwhile, did not even provide for Israel to continue demolishing the Hamas network of “terror tunnels” dug under the Israeli border.
I suspect this explains why Hamas didn’t bother to extend the humanitarian truce. They think Kerry will deliver them what they want. Can anyone objective seriously believe or argue that his proposals do not reward terror?
Please don’t come back, Mr Kerry. We will sort this out without you, thank you very much.