The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
Back in November, Secretary of State Kerry created a stir when he seemed to be blaming Israel for a possible breakdown of the Kerry-brokered negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. During a pause in the talks he said, “The alternative to getting back to the talks is the potential of chaos. Does Israel want a third intifada?”
A remarkable formulation by any measure. But this past weekend he went even further.
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference about what he saw as the dangers inherent in the failure of Israeli-Palestinian talks, Mr. Kerry said: “The risks are high for Israel. People are talking about boycott. That will intensify in the case of failure. Do they want a failure that then begs whatever may come in the form of a response from disappointed Palestinians and the Arab community?”
An uproar quickly ensued, as Israeli officials charged Mr. Kerry with pushing Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians while blaming Israel as the recalcitrant party in the negotiations. A State Department spokeswoman hurriedly tried to calm things down, stating that Mr. Kerry was only attempting to tell his audience what others are saying.
But the idea that his audience – which included leaders and decision-makers from around the world who were gathered to debate global security and foreign policy issues –needed to be advised that Israel is the target of a growing boycott movement is a bit much.
It is increasingly evident that as the American secretary of state sees it, the key to peace is for Israel to pocket any and all of its negotiating positions and accept whatever the Palestinians put on the table. With Mr. Kerry reportedly poised to reveal his “framework” proposals, this becomes all the more troubling.
About the Author:
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
Netanyahu so disdains Shaked’s appointment he completely ignored her after the swearing-in ceremony
Ronen Shamir’s just the latest tenured Leftist convicted of sexual misconduct with his own student
NY Times precious front page ink is only reserved for portrayals of Israel as the aggressor.
American Jews who go gaga for Obama are first and foremost “Liberals of the Mosaic Persuasion”
“Illinois is the first state to take concrete, legally binding action against the BDS campaign”
Many books have supported the preferability- not to be confused with desirability- of the status quo
Consider the Pope’s desperation, reading daily reports of the slaughter of Christians by Muslims
The contrast between a Dem pretending to love Israel & a Dem who truly loves Israel is CRYSTAL CLEAR
Pentecost, derived from the Greek word for 50, is celebrated 50 days after Easter.
U.S and European demands for the creation of a Palestinian State in the West Bank is world hypocrisy.
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
Connecting Bamidbar&Shavuot is simple-A world without Torah is midbar; with Torah a blessed paradise
“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.
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/editorial/secretary-kerry-again/2014/02/05/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: