The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
On several occasions we have remarked on Secretary of State Kerry’s frantic push for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Though his efforts thus far have turned out to be a series of false starts, he seems indefatigable, going back and forth between the protagonists. It’s as though he believes movement itself creates a sense of achievement all its own.
And now come reports that despite the lack of any progress in bringing the parties to even the most preliminary agreements, Mr. Kerry is ready to introduce a “framework” for negotiations that will call on Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians that most Israelis believe to be inimical to their security interests.
An interesting sidelight to all of this is the question of just how strongly President Obama supports – or doesn’t – Mr. Kerry’s non-stop diplomacy.
Recent stories in the Israeli media, citing “unnamed sources,” indicate that Mr. Kerry failed to get backing from President Obama to confront Israel over its rejection of his peace proposals. Channel 10 News said the secretary of state, in the hope of imposing a binding framework agreement on both sides, had sought Mr. Obama’s “political backing for confrontation, primarily with Israel” but failed to persuade the president, who believed that now was “not the time for such moves.”
Inadvertently, of course, the White House seemed to confirm the story even as it tried to push back. White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan told reporters,
Any notion that Secretary Kerry failed to obtain the president’s backing for his efforts is totally false. President Obama remains fully invested in Secretary Kerry’s tireless work on behalf of peace, and those efforts are not focused on confronting the parties – they are aimed at bridging the differences and developing a framework for negotiation on the core issues.
Plainly, Ms. Meehan was trying to tamp down any talk of an imposed solution. Equally important is that rather than declare in no uncertain terms that Mr. Kerry is on a mission from the president, she chose instead to tepidly allow that Mr. Obama is “fully invested” in Mr. Kerry’s “tireless work.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement of Mr. Kerry’s heavy-handed tactics, which have included warning Israel that it faces a new intifada if talks break down.
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We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.
The recent solid victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party produced something very different.
The reaction is so strong that nine times out of ten, parents engage in some form of coping mechanism before arriving at a level of acceptance of a special-needs diagnosis.
“…his neshamah reached out to us to have the zechus of Torah learning to take with him on his final journey.”
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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