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Assessing Secretary Kerry’s Proposal

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Originally published at The Ettinger Report.

The value of Secretary John Kerry’s assessments and proposed peace agreement, which would reduce Israel to a 9-15 mile waistline (the pre-1967 lines), in the increasingly raging Middle East, is 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.”

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.”

On December 7, 2013, the well-intentioned Kerry followed in the footsteps of Israel’s President Peres’ The New Middle East and President Obama’s “in 2013, the world is more stable than it was five years ago.”  Secretary Kerry pressures Israel to accept an agreement with the Palestinians, which is based on the pre-1967 lines, defined by former Israeli Dovish Foreign Minister, Abba Eban as the “Auschwitz Lines.”

Kerry is preoccupied with pressuring Israel, notwithstanding the transformation of the Arab Spring delusion into a reality of an Arab Tsunami, highlighting the 1,400 year old intra-Muslim and intra-Arab uncertainty, unpredictability, unreliability, instability, fragmentation, violent intolerance and absence of Arab democracy and civil liberties, which require a higher Israeli threshold of security; in spite of the clear and present danger of a nuclearized apocalyptic Iran, and Islamic terrorism, to Jordan and the pro-US oil-producing Gulf states, as well as the US mainland; despite the transformation of Iraq into an Iranian-dominated global center of Islamic terrorism; regardless of Turkey’s support of the trans-national, terrorist Moslem Brotherhood; and in defiance of the inherently provisional and fragile nature of Arab regimes, policies and agreements, which are frequently signed on ice and not carved in stone.

Replacing the 14 century old chaotic Middle East reality with his hopeful worldview, Kerry said: “Just think of how much more secure Israel would be if it were integrated into regional security architecture and surrounded by newfound partners….  I ask you to imagine what a two-state solution will mean for Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and the region. Imagine what it would mean for trade and for tourism, for developing technology and talent, and for future generations of Israeli and Palestinian children. Imagine Israel and its neighbors as an economic powerhouse in the region…. Think of the new markets that would open up and the bridges between people that peace would build. Think of the flood of foreign investment and business opportunities that would come to Israel, and how that will change the lives of everyday people throughout the region…. We need to believe that peace is possible…. Israel would also enjoy a normal, peaceful relationship the minute this agreement is signed with 22 Arab nations and 35 Muslim nations – 57 countries in all…. It is not beyond our imagination to envision that a new order could be established in the Middle East, in which countries like Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the GCC states, a newly independent Palestine, and an internationally recognized Jewish State of Israel join together to promote stability and peace…. “

However, in order to survive in the conflict-ridden Middle East, Israel must embrace reality as costly as it may be – and reject imagination, wishful-thinking and make- believe, as tempting as they may be.

About the Author: 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.


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10 Responses to “Assessing Secretary Kerry’s Proposal”

  1. The administration Obama is a total disaster

  2. Thomas Czech says:

    If there is to be real peace in the region, then it is of utmost importance to never allow any tyrant from the obama regime to be a part of the negotiations. The USA gov are serpents who want to destroy Israel.

  3. Lynn Peele says:

    Soooo sad! How spiritually blind our government is!

  4. Lisa Kamins says:

    it is quite apparent that Kerry is delusional in the extreme.

  5. Looks like Assad knows how to communicate with country-club diplomats. Israel, just invite him to a round of golf and a fancy brunch, and he'll be in your pocket too. Just tell him how great he is and let him win the round of golf.

  6. obama is deranged. there is no other issue, political or otherwise. the american people cannot even discern if their next door neighbor is a murderous lunatic. until the next mass murder.

  7. Arie Arazi says:

    Unless we understand the true motivation behind Obama’s and Kerry’s quest and enthusiasm to reach a peace agreement between Israel and the PA, we may just fall in the trap of believing that fairness, love of peace and love for the two very different peoples, (those who believe in life, progress and better future for all humanity and their neighbors who believe in killing and death, hatred for those who don’t follow their way of living that is managed by deceit and lies), are the motivators.

    What really motivates Kerry and Obama?

    First we better have a quick look at their peace proposal and whether or not it may be used for lasting peace: Let’s assume that Israel would agree to relocate 300,000 settlers who have built their communities and lives in an area the PA wants, let’s assume that half of Jerusalem would be given to the PA because they want it, let’s assume that Israel would agree to absorb about half a million Palestinians refugees and compensate about two million others (that have never been in any space in Israel) with the “fair” amount of one million $ each and let’s assume that Israel would agree to stop identifying herself as a Jewish state. Against these “minor” sacrifices on the part of Israel, the PA would consent to sign a peace document, no more, nada mas. Oh yes, they may agree to say that the State of Israel does exist. This would be their greatest sacrifice for the sake of peace, (the culture of hatred and incitement against Jews and Israel must not be changed as it is part of their religion.)

    What is there in this agreement for Obama and Kerry? Well Obama would be hailed in the world as a peace maker and an achiever and Kelly would be known as a ‘mountain mover’ like diplomat and he might be elected as the next president. Both hope to enter the history books as such, (that is if these books would be written prior to the aftermath of signing the agreement that later would be known as “a proven recipe for the destruction of Israel.”)
    About three months following the signed ‘white paper’ bombs begin to explode in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Netanya and Haifa only to be followed by missiles from Gaza and Lebanon. A fierce war would erupt after which Israel perhaps would prevail though it might be badly injured. As a possible result to the new conflict Israel might drive the PA to behind the Jordan Valley, create a new neutral Zone in the North and tighten its defenses in the south. The U.N. would rush to call for a cease-fire and condemn Israel, the U.S. would display its dissatisfaction with the ungrateful Israel who defied the wishes of her best ally and friend. A new cycle would begin in which Israel, as expected, would be named as the villain in the conflict. Vive Kelly and Obama masters of diplomacy and peace..

  8. Netanyahu and Lieberman has to say something?.

  9. The guy is a clown and a dreamer. Get him tae f**k

  10. Marco Singer says:

    Wen idiots are in a government…

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