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The value of Secretary John Kerry’s proposals are consistent with Kerry’s track record.

Kerry’s Syrian Track Record Until the eruption of the civil war in Syria, Kerry was a member of a tiny group of US Senators – along with Chuck Hagel and Hillary Clinton – who believed that Bashar Assad was a generous, constructive leader, a reformer and a man of his word. Kerry was a frequent flyer to Damascus, dining with Assad and his wife at the Naranj restaurant in central Damascus.  Following a motorcycle ride with Bashar al-Assad, he returned to Washington referring to Bashar as “my dear friend.” 

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In September 2009, Kerry opined that “Syria is an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region,” while Assad was conducting hate-education, repressing his opposition, hosting and arming terrorist outfits like Hezbollah, cozying up to Iran, and facilitating the infiltration of Jihadists into Iraq to kill US soldiers. WikiLeaks disclosed that on February, 2010, Kerry told Qatari leaders that the Golan Heights should be returned to Syria and that a Palestinian capital should be established in East Jerusalem.  “We know that for the Palestinians the control of Al-Aqsa mosque and the establishment of their capital in East Jerusalem are not negotiable.”

 

According to the London Telegraph, Kerry was a fierce critic of the Bush Administration’s hardline against Assad, advocating a policy of engagement – rather than sanctions – against terror-sponsoring Syria.  In March 2011, Kerry subordinated reality-driven hope to wishful-thinking-driven hope: “my judgment is that Syria will move; Syria will change, as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States and the West.”  However, more than 200,000 deaths and 2 million refugees later, Assad’s Syria has certainly changed for the worst. In January 2005, following another meeting with Assad, Kerry said: “This is the moment of opportunity for the Middle East, for the U.S. and for the world…. I think we found a great deal of areas of mutual interest…strengthening the relationship between the U.S. and Syria.” 

On September 3, 2013, Kerry assured his colleagues that “the Syrian opposition has increasingly become more defined by its moderation.”  However, Assad’s opposition consists, mainly, of anti-US, Islamic supremacists, Shariah-driven, anti-democracy, the violently-intolerant Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, whose subversive vision transcends Syria, encompassing the Abode of Islam as a prelude to the grand assault on the Abode of the Infidel. 

 

Kerry and the Palestinian Issue While vital US interests and homeland security are threatened by smothering Middle Eastern firestorms – from the Persian Gulf through Northwest Africa – Secretary Kerry is preoccupied with the Palestinian tumbleweed side-show. The latter has been the centerpiece of the Arab talk, but never the Arab walk. Contrary to Kerry’s Palestine Firster approach, the Palestinian issue is not directly or indirectly linked to the Arab Tsunami, is not a core cause of regional turbulence and has not been the crux of the Arab-Israeli conflict nor the crown jewel of Arab policy-making.

 

Kerry’s Arab Spring  

According to the New York Times, December 21, 2012, Kerry contended that the Arab Street is transitioning toward democracy: “What is happening in the Middle East could be the most important geo-strategic shift since the fall of the Berlin Wall.”

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Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger is consultant to Israel’s Cabinet members and Israeli legislators, and lecturer in the U.S., Canada and Israel on Israel’s unique contributions to American interests, the foundations of U.S.-Israel relations, the Iranian threat, and Jewish-Arab issues.

48 COMMENTS

  1. Let me tell you what I believe about ISRAELIS Brave soldiers given their Job of defending ISRAEL & their people, they also understand love, moral value & dignity, unlike the immoral terrorist group Hamas who doesn’t care about its people that Hamas uses them as its first hand shield…!!! Again & again I want & I’ve tell to Hamas & its terrorist affiliates the mere contemporary & concrete truth about The Promise Land ISRAEL => No country…no terrorist group typically like Hamas…no individuals…can eliminate or destroy The Promise Land ISRAEL on our planet- Earth…!!! They, rather, shall return their evil eyes away from this Beautiful Little Country of The Heroic People = ISRAEL…!!! Long Live & I Really Love U ISRAEL…!!! We r always with U !!! & God may bless ISRAEL unconditionally….!!!! Just Go, IDF & IAF, & try to totally dismantle each & every tunnels made by the terrorist Hamas…it must totally destructed now…because this is the right time & opportunity to do so…& to make relatively ISRAEL safe for the years to come…!!! ISRAEL should not compromise with terrorists that uses is people as a shield…what a shameful act of Hamas…!!! MY LOVE TO ISRAEL IS AN ETERNAL ONE…!!!

  2. Let me tell you what I believe about ISRAELIS Brave soldiers given their Job of defending ISRAEL & their people, they also understand love, moral value & dignity, unlike the immoral terrorist group Hamas who doesn’t care about its people that Hamas uses them as its first hand shield…!!! Again & again I want & I’ve tell to Hamas & its terrorist affiliates the mere contemporary & concrete truth about The Promise Land ISRAEL => No country…no terrorist group typically like Hamas…no individuals…can eliminate or destroy The Promise Land ISRAEL on our planet- Earth…!!! They, rather, shall return their evil eyes away from this Beautiful Little Country of The Heroic People = ISRAEL…!!! Long Live & I Really Love U ISRAEL…!!! We r always with U !!! & God may bless ISRAEL unconditionally….!!!! Just Go, IDF & IAF, & try to totally dismantle each & every tunnels made by the terrorist Hamas…it must totally destructed now…because this is the right time & opportunity to do so…& to make relatively ISRAEL safe for the years to come…!!! ISRAEL should not compromise with terrorists that uses is people as a shield…what a shameful act of Hamas…!!! MY LOVE TO ISRAEL IS AN ETERNAL ONE…!!!

  3. Let me tell you what I believe about ISRAELIS Brave soldiers given their Job of defending ISRAEL & their people, they also understand love, moral value & dignity, unlike the immoral terrorist group Hamas who doesn’t care about its people that Hamas uses them as its first hand shield…!!! Again & again I want & I’ve tell to Hamas & its terrorist affiliates the mere contemporary & concrete truth about The Promise Land ISRAEL => No country…no terrorist group typically like Hamas…no individuals…can eliminate or destroy The Promise Land ISRAEL on our planet- Earth…!!! They, rather, shall return their evil eyes away from this Beautiful Little Country of The Heroic People = ISRAEL…!!! Long Live & I Really Love U ISRAEL…!!! We r always with U !!! & God may bless ISRAEL unconditionally….!!!! Just Go, IDF & IAF, & try to totally dismantle each & every tunnels made by the terrorist Hamas…it must totally destructed now…because this is the right time & opportunity to do so…& to make relatively ISRAEL safe for the years to come…!!! ISRAEL should not compromise with terrorists that uses is people as a shield…what a shameful act of Hamas…!!! MY LOVE TO ISRAEL IS AN ETERNAL ONE…!!!

  4. I don’t think very many Americans understand Hamas, Hezbollah, Isis, or Fatah. They do not know the history of Eretz Israel since biblical times and it’s 19th and 20th century history. An excellent book for Americans to read is “Son of Hamas” by Mosab Hassan Yousef. Read the Koran and Hadith. Then the blinders may fall from their eyes. Hamas is not only the mortal enemy of Israel and all Jews. Hamas is the enemy of their own people and the rest of the world. They are not just Palestinian resisters, they are the Muslim Brotherhood. I think in this matter, few western non-Jews have nearly enough knowlege. EVERYONE has an interest in the defeat of HAMAS. Am Yisroel Hai!

  5. Amir, Kerry is a descent man, but in this matter, he is so horribly naive! Hilary Clinton should be handling this. She KNOWS what’s going on. Kerry should seek her advice. Hamas aren’t naughty children. They are deadly and have wider ambitions that should frighten EVERYONE!

  6. Some people think that after Obama is gone, everything will be okie dokie, but no, we are in the end times. We won’t be able to go back to the “good old days”. Obama is an instrument that is being used to help it along. . . God put Obama in to take America down!

  7. Obama called Israel today and ask them to find a solution to the war. How about he calls the Terrorist Palestine!!! They don’t want peace and Israel should not stop until the job is done. Obama would apparently help Hamas destroy the US.

  8. Obama called Israel today and ask them to find a solution to the war. How about he calls the Terrorist Palestine!!! They don’t want peace and Israel should not stop until the job is done. Obama would apparently help Hamas destroy the US.

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