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Next Secretary of State Kerry Was ‘Shocked’ by Gaza

WikiLeaks revealed that Kerry was pushing Assad as the man who could bring peace to the region.
Sen. Kerry meeting with Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani in 2010.

Sen. Kerry meeting with Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani in 2010.
Photo Credit: YY, based on image by KARIM JAAFAR

According to ABC News, President Obama has decided to nominate Sen. John Kerry to be his next secretary of state, replacing Hillary Clinton.

The news will not be announced in the next few days for a variety of reasons, including the conclusion of the nomination process, and other, more pressing cabinet decisions. Also, the White House will want to wait until the national reaction to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School subsides.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is recovering from an illness and a concussion she suffered when she fainted because of that illness, will retire from office in the next few weeks.

Massachusetts Senator and former presidential candidate John Kerry spoke at the Democratic convention about President Obama’s relationship with Israel, saying he “promised always to stand with Israel, to tighten sanctions on Iran – and take nothing off the table.” He also cited PM Netanyahu’s praise for American policy regarding Israel, adding his now famous zinger: “When it comes to Israel, I’ll take the word of Israel’s prime minister over Mitt Romney any day.”

But according to WikiLeaks (as spotted by breitbart.com), on a February, 2010 trip to the Middle East, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry told Qatari leaders that the Golan Heights should be returned to Syria, that a Palestinian capital should be established in East Jerusalem as part of the Arab-Israeli peace process, and that he was “shocked” by what he saw on a visit to Gaza.

WikiLeaks revealed that Kerry discussed the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process” in a visit to Qatar during separate meetings with Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani and the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa.

Now, here’s a bit of un-prophecy (The opposite of prophecy? Complete misreading of the map by someone who should know better?): During that 2010 get-together, the emir told Kerry to focus on Syria as the… path toward resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

And listen to this: Kerry agreed with the emir that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a man who wants change.

OK, he also pointed Assad’s arming of Hezbollah and interference in Lebanese politics, saying those were unhelpful. But Kerry said that Assad “needs to make a bolder move and take risks” for peace, and that he should be “more statesman-like.”

Kerry also agreed with the emir that the Golan Heights should be given back to Syria at some point. “The Chairman added that Netanyahu also needs to compromise and work the return of the Golan Heights into a formula for peace,” the diplomatic cable reported.

Yes, let’s take advice on our fate from this man. Remember, the bloodshed in Syria began about one year after that call for reliance on Assad for Middle East peace.

In a separate meeting the day before with the prime minister, Kerry resisted the Qatari leader’s assertion that Hamas was ready to accept the existence of the State of Israel, but he agreed that urgent action was needed to rebuild Gaza.

According to the leaked diplomatic cable, the prime minister told Kerry, “We need to broker a quick reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah and move forward quickly on rebuilding Gaza… Senator Kerry asserted that HBJ [Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani] was preaching to the converted and told the PM he was ‘shocked by what I saw in Gaza.’”

In other words, our next Secretary of State was in favor of the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation which is happening right before our eyes – “You’re preaching to the converted,” he told the Qatari leader.

Anyone here wishing we’d have said yes to Susan Rice?

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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17 Responses to “Next Secretary of State Kerry Was ‘Shocked’ by Gaza”

  1. Ruth Pass says:

    Wow, very bed news !

  2. wasn't John Kerry also the flip-flop guy? He tells audiences what they want to hear and goes to another audience and tells them what they want to hear, even if it means contradicting what he told the first audience.

  3. No – that was Mitt Romney.

  4. Soon we'll see who is who?

  5. Yes, he was for the Iraq war before he was against it!

  6. Sounds like Kerry is still '60's relativist peacenik …
    More like a pro-Islamist in search of that elusive "Caliphate"..

  7. Ellie says:

    Kerry has grown up a lot since his Vietnam days of valor and heroics. I would expect that he is precisely the kind of secretary we need to obfuscate and confuse the world. He is in everyone’s corner, worships all gods, and doesn’t have any problem talking out of both sides of his mouth. If you want to measure his heart, or know his true beliefs and motivations, don’t listen to a political speech or interaction. Of course, good luck with finding anything else out there.

  8. Sara Kelley-Edmondson says:

    Give them land for "peace?" Never has worked; never will. They break the treaty once Israel gives up their land! Cannot be trusted.

  9. If the Jews hold hands and sing Kumbaya the Arabs will love them, won't they?

  10. This choice reflects at least two glaring facts.

    One, Obama either does not have a clue about John Kerry's outrageous, post Vietnam perjury concerning alleged atrocities commited by American G.I.s or worse; he doesn't care or is in agreement with the tactic as a political ploy. Birds of a feather. He might very well have done something equally egregious in Benghazi, though this has yet to be proven.

    Two, John Kerry's outrageous lies regarding atrocities allegedly committed by the G.I.s he served with in Vietnam, after the war ended, which the Swift Boat Vietnam vets exposed in 2003 and which Mr. Kerry never successfully refuted because of the video of him testifying before Congress doing exactly what they accused him of; taking advantage of the national animus against the Vietnam war, telling outrageous lies about the G.I.s that fought and died in it, to further his own political career.

    Should you be too young to remember this bit of political theater, one of the Lefts more egregious "accomplishments" was demonizing Vietnam war veterans. American soldiers returning after the war were welcomed on their home soil with spittle spewing, G.I. hating protesters. Accusing them of unspeakable atrocities was politically popular. Mr. Kerry chose politics over honesty and threw his comrades in arms under the bus.

    Secretary of State? How about dog catcher.

  11. Charlie Hall says:

    "the Golan Heights should be returned to Syria".

    Israel has offered the Golan Heights to Syria numerous times.

  12. Charlie Hall says:

    Kerry will be confirmed unanimously by the Senate. Republicans will support him in the hope that they can get Scott Brown back to Washington.

  13. Anonymous says:

    all politicians flip-flop.

  14. Grace Acosta says:

    My father was on the receiving end of a lot of that hatred when he came home.

    "How about dog catcher?" I wouldn't wish Kerry on a dog, but I would certainly wish a rabid pitbull on HIM!

  15. Hinda Blas says:

    John "Hamass" Kerry had a black eye in 2004 when it came out what his spouse and him supported – Ham-Ass. It seems some of his unmentionable charities happened to include Ham-Ass and was also possibly supporting Bin Laden via other Arab entities. This Herman Munster double should have been kicked out of the Senate when facts came up in regards to his turn in Vietnam and like Jane Fonda was giving the Viet Cong some information that endangered our soldiers' lives. Oh well – just remember the active member of the KKK Byrd was always allowed to be a Senator. So much for values and ethics in our government.

  16. Levi Cash says:

    obama says no to guns in school, Not enough said no to, Obama. His administration has sold more guns to people then ever before and now he is selling us a big gun in appointing John Kerry as as Secretary of Hate I meant state.
    Heaven help us.

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