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Kerry and the Peace Idiots Ride Again

Secretary of State Kerry with art.

Secretary of State Kerry with art.
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At the AJC, Kerry talked up the “moderate” leadership of Abbas, who had declared that he was no different than Hamas. And he doubled up on the mythology of hope. “People have spent so much time lamenting what hasn’t worked in the past that I believe we’ve actually forgotten to focus on what the future could look like if we do keep faith,” he said.

But it’s actually the other way around. The creaky process has only dragged on this long because of all the people who insist on taking hope on faith, instead of basing their decisions on the solid ground of history.Who trade Patrick Henry’s lamp of experience for rose-colored glasses.

“Mythology distracts us everywhere,” John F. Kennedy said. “In government as in business, in politics as in economics, in foreign affairs as in domestic affairs.”

1-RTR39GYE-001The mythology of the peace process is a giant distraction. It allows for the same worthless commodity to be sold and resold, again and again. And that commodity is hope. The Israelis have been compelled to trade territory and lives for hope. Now the trade is beginning all over again, this time with a peace plan put forward by a country that is behind much of the terrorism around the world.

Saudi Arabia and Qatar insist that they are American allies even while they fund terrorists who carry out attacks against America. In 2010, they were insisting that Syria could also be America and Israel’s best friend if only it had the strategic high ground of the Golan Heights. And that once it had the Heights, then it could bring Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran to join the party. Now they’re insisting that America has to destroy Assad and pressure Israel to give up half of Jerusalem to a terrorist organization and then there will be peace.

The substance of John Kerry’s speech was that he had learned absolutely nothing from the past and that everyone else should join him in not learning anything from the past. That optimistic ignorance is not a luxury that either America or Israel can afford.

At the conclusion of his address, Kerry invoked the oath of Israeli soldiers at Masada. But the very point of the oath is the responsibility of the Israeli soldier not to allow his country to be put into a position where it is so besieged that its only choice is between the depredations of the enemy and an honorable suicide. And Masada, the final last stand in a desert fortress, is exactly where Kerry and the Qatari and Saudi devils whispering in his ear are driving the Jewish State.

Originally published at Sultan Knish.

About the Author: Daniel Greenfield is an Israeli born blogger and columnist, and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. His work covers American, European and Israeli politics as well as the War on Terror. His writing can be found at http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/. The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of The Jewish Press.


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11 Responses to “Kerry and the Peace Idiots Ride Again”

  1. My only issue with this article is the "Hamas is arguably the legal government of the entire Palestinian Authority having actually won elections." They are in the 7th year of a four year term.

    The Arabs do not have a legal elected official anywhere.

  2. As an American, I can honestly say, Netanyahu should have his head examined for even allowing Kerry in the country, or any of Obama's administration in the country, as far as that goes. Obama, Kerry and rest of the Obama gang, are ENEMY OF YISRA'EL! How many times does Obama need to stab you guys in the back and throw praises at your enemies before you wake up and realize Obama is out to destroy Yisra'el!

  3. tell it loud and strong!!!!

  4. Gil Gilman says:

    I agree with Loren, but would like to add that the term "cynicism" is currently a code word for a reality check that the speaker chooses to ignore.

  5. An incompetent man, guided by incompetent thoughts

  6. All of a sudden Israel should be righteous about not negotiating and giving gravitas to unelected and tyrannical leaders? That's a joke right? Like any sovereign nation Israel deals with the leaders in power when it's in its own best interests. I humbly suggest that your total outright and complete rejection of any and all negotiations with Palestinian leaders because some previous efforts failed or worse is knuckleheaded. We have had peace with Egypt, Syria, and Jordan and an entire generation of young Jews have grown and prospered because of it–and Israel has rightly defended itself when necessary against terrorists. Asking to talk peace is like asking pretty girls for a kiss; you get slapped a lot, but boy is it great when that one request is fulfilled. Always talk peace, it hurts less than losing a child in a war. What's your alternative Mr. Greenfield? Containment, colonial rule and subservience from the people we captured. What's the plan on the diplomatic front–more crying about the Holocaust, whining about the boycotts, and pleading for sympathy like school girls to UN and European leaders? Our own organization leaders who do this are pathetic; no wonder so many young Israelis and American Jews are turned off.

  7. Kerri stay home, don't disturb our home.

  8. Goldmeier, where is this colonial rule and subservience that you talk about? But there is containment, fortunately, beginning with Operation Defensive Shield, to squelch the massive bombings of public places during the intifada.

  9. Charlie Hall says:

    Greenfield spins facts beyond recognition. The PA's last election was in 2006; Hamas got 44% of the vote.

  10. Charlie Hall says:

    How about some hakarat hatov for all the support and aid that the United States continues to give Israel? US-Israel military cooperation is at the highest level in history.

    And Israel's former Defense Minister said that Obama has been the best US President for Israel he has experienced:

    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1207/30/sitroom.02.html

  11. Anonymous says:

    To World Jewry:

    I hope you will consider my plea as one of the few Rabbis in Americas who speaks out for Israel, fights anti-Semitism throughout the world and one who speaks out vehemently against extremist Muslims. In addition I fight on behalf of Holocaust survivors and have been vocal regarding the Holocaust Claims Conference missing funds. I was also president of Rabbis for Romney. You are welcome to look me up on the internet.

    We are living in pre Holocaust times. European Jewry is facing major anti-Semitism and parts of Europe are Judenrein. Israel is facing a possible Holocaust from Iran and surrounding enemies. I was just banned from the Huffington Post for expressing my displeasure with Muslims praying at Auschwitz over my family ashes. Extremist Muslims want Israel and all Jews annihilated. My plea to all Jews: Speak out. Tell your Rabbis not to remain silent. We are running out of time.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

    To World Jewry:

    I hope you will consider my plea as one of the few Rabbis in Americas who speaks out for Israel, fights anti-Semitism throughout the world and one who speaks out vehemently against extremist Muslims. In addition I fight on behalf of Holocaust survivors and have been vocal regarding the Holocaust Claims Conference missing funds. I was also president of Rabbis for Romney. You are welcome to look me up on the internet.

    We are living in pre Holocaust times. European Jewry is facing major anti-Semitism and parts of Europe are Judenrein. Israel is facing a possible Holocaust from Iran and surrounding enemies. I was just banned from the Huffington Post for expressing my displeasure with Muslims praying at Auschwitz over my family ashes. Extremist Muslims want Israel and all Jews annihilated. My plea to all Jews: Speak out. Tell your Rabbis not to remain silent. We are running out of time.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

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