Close your eyes, breathe in deeply, now exhale slowly… That was easy, wasn’t it? Not for everyone…
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.
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
Who said Kerry won no concessions from Iran? He secured pistachios and Beluga caviar for America!
In 2015, Israel’s fertility rate (3+ births per woman) is higher than all Arab countries except 3
The New Israel Fund, as usual, condemns the State of Israel rather than condemning a horrible act.
While Orthodox men are encouraged to achieve and celebrated for it, Orthodox women too often are not
Jonathan remember, as long as you’re denied your right to come home to Israel you’re still in prison
Reports of a dead baby, a devastated family, and indications of a gloating attacker.
“Yesha” and Binyamin Regional Council leaders said the attack “is not the path of Jews in Judea and Samaria.”
The occasion? The rarely performed mitzvah of pidyon peter chamor: Redemption of a firstborn donkey.
American leftists have a pathological self-inflicted blindness to the dangers of political Islam
Hillary should THANK Trump; By dominating the news he’s overshadowed the implosion of her campaign
Hard to remember when Jewish youth were so hostile to their heritage as they are on campuses today.
Names of the enablers of Iran’s Nuclear weapons will be added next to Hitler’s on the list of infamy
By most accounts, the one person with the political muscle to swing enough Democratic votes to override a veto is Sen. Schumer.
The next day, in a speech in New York to the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Kerry substantially upped the ante.
Mr. Silver’s legislation changed the primary date to April 19, which avoids any conflict. And, we are happy to say, he received the support of Republicans in the legislature for changing the date.
The issue of the Chief Rabbinate’s control over conversions and other life-cycle matters has long been a contentious one.
Can adoption agencies limit the placement of children to heterosexual couples only?
The court’s finding that the president has exclusive jurisdiction in recognizing foreign countries might have been be apt if the issue at hand were a congressional attempt to grant recognition to “Palestine” as a state.
It wasn’t too long ago that Mr. Erdogan, in his determination to burnish Turkey’s credentials as an Islamist state at the cost of the secularism that had brought much economic and political success to Turkey, upended his country’s decades-long cooperative relationship with Israel.
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/editorial/is-kerry-on-his-own/2014/02/12/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: