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Even Haaretz Thinks Kerry’s Ceasefire Is One-Sided against Israel

Kerry is consistent. He has talked so much and promised so much that, like the peace process, his ceasefire delivered nothing.
John Kerry up in the air and out of this world.

John Kerry up in the air and out of this world.
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A leak of of  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal reveals that it ignored the need to destroy terrorist tunnels and disarm Hamas while granting the terrorist organization, outlawed by the United States, millions of dollars to entrench itself in Gaza.

The “framework,” as Kerry called it, was so clumsily put together that the left-wing Haaretz newspaper, a long-time champion of peace with Hamas, reported that Kerry’s “conduct in recent days over the Gaza ceasefire raises serious doubts over his judgment and perception of regional events. It’s as if he isn’t the foreign minister of the world’s most powerful nation, but an alien, who just disembarked his spaceship in the Mideast.”

After Hamas thoroughly rejected a ceasefire proposal by Egypt last week, Kerry knew he could not get support from Hamas without going through its allies, Qatar and Turkey. He staged a press conference with their foreign ministers, ignored Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority, among others, and presented a proposal to the Israel Cabinet that was unanimously rejected Friday night.

Kerry made things even worse when he insisted that the Cabinet did not “reject” the proposal because, in his words, “There was no formal proposal submitted to Israel. Let’s make that absolutely crystal clear. Prime Minister Netanyahu called me a few minutes before this to tell me that that [rejection] was an error, and he’s putting out a statement to that effect … It’s fair to say that Israel had some opposition to some concepts, but that doesn’t mean a proposal by any means.”

Okay. It is not a proposal. It is a framework, one of Kerry’s favorite words dating back to his Peace Process Follies, where Palestinian Authority ultimatums became “negotiations” and the American “ultimatum” also was a “framework.”

The Jewish Press asked the Prime Minister’s spokesman if Netanyahu issued a “clarification,” as Kerry said he would. The spokesman, known for his accessibility and prompt response, has not answered after three hours of phone calls and text messages.

Until proven otherwise, it is more than conceivable that the Office of the Prime Minister has nothing to say. There is no sense in embarrassing Kerry since he does a good job at that all by himself.

The ”framework,” in the word of Haaretz’s Barak Ravid, “placed Israel and Hamas on the same level, as if the first is not a primary U.S. ally and as if the second isn’t a terror group which overtook part of the Palestinian Authority in a military coup and fired thousands of rockets at Israel.”

Kerry held a press conference on Saturday, slobbering praise on the Qatari and Turkish foreign ministers. In the first two words in the excerpt of the YouTube below, Kerry uttered two words that fewer and fewer believe anymore. He said, “I understand.”

He understands Israel’s needs and understands this and understands that but does not understand anything more than he says at the moment.

According to his own spokeswoman Marie Harf Friday, the Secretary of Talk “made 13 phone calls as of today. He ended up making a total of 25 yesterday – very busy – talking mainly about his attempts to help broker a ceasefire in Gaza.”

What’s good for the phone company is good for the United States.

For all his talk, he delivered a draft that, again in the words of Haaretz’s Ravid, “was a slap on the face to the rapidly forming camp of Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, who have many shared interests. What Kerry’s draft spells for the internal Palestinian political arena is even direr: It crowns Hamas and issues Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with a death warrant.”

Palestinian Authority officials in Ramallah are equally furious at Kerry for turning Qatar into the spokesman for the PA, Israel radio reported.

Here are some specifics of the draft, as leaked by Haaretz:

 

  • Establish a humanitarian ceasefire ending all hostilities in and from the Gaza Strip, beginning in 48 hours and lasting for a period of seven days

Seven days? Does he really think Hamas will not fire a rocket in seven days, if not seven hours? And what happens if it fires “only” one rocket? And what does the IDF do in Gaza in the meantime if it cannot destroy terror tunnels? Play Scrabble? What’s a five-letter word for “jerk?” It is the same five-letter word for “alien.”

  • Build on the Cairo ceasefire understandings of November 2012

 

The 2012 understanding states, “Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals; All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border; Opening the crossings and facilitating the movements of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents’ free movements and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire; “Other matters as may be requested shall be addressed.” That would give Hamas free access to rebuild its terrorist infrastructure, which is just what Foggy Bottom wants in order for it stay in the peace process business. If Israel were to wipe out terror, there might be peace and then Kerry would have nothing to do since he the Syrian civil war is not so important any more. Did you know that 700 people were killed in the last two of fighting there?

Kerry’s framework also proposes:

 

  • Convene in Cairo, at the invitation of Egypt, within 48 hours, to negotiate resolution of all issues necessary to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and enduring solution to the crises in Gaza, including arrangements to secure the opening of crossings, allow the entry of goods and people…transfer funds to Gaza for the payment of salaries for public employees….

What is the U.S. State Dept. smoking? Egypt has outlawed Hamas and wants it to go the way of its mother movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Kerry thinks that Egypt, after its ceasefire offer was rebuffed, is going to hand over the deck of cards to the United States? Does the United States  think it can bribe Hamas by paying salaries for its “public employees,” especially those in the Hamas army?

How does Kerry think he will implement his proposals that were never implemented two years ago?

Even Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who failed as much as Kerry in trying to make a living out of the “peace process,” rejected Kerry’s ceasefire plan as “completely unacceptable.”

Kerry does not have enough billions of dollars to buy Egypt, especially after the United States has so graciously signed a multi-billion deal with Qatar, one of Hamas’ biggest financial backers

It seems that Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s remarks last year, in response to some of Kerry’s ridiculous proposals for an agreement with the Palestinian Authority, were not so far off the mark.

Ya’alon, in off-the record comments that were leaked, called Kerry “messianic” and “obsessive.”

Today there are a few more adjectives that can be added, but we will leave that to the reader to suggest.

For those who have the stomach to watch and listen, here are Kerry’s unremarkable remarks at the press conference with the Qatari and Turkish foreign ministers on Saturday.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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86 Responses to “Even Haaretz Thinks Kerry’s Ceasefire Is One-Sided against Israel”

  1. Terrible man, don’t let him come back to Israel !

  2. Get rid of this idiot.

  3. Kerry is great man…he fight for peace…give him a chance…

  4. Akanesi Tapu says:

    Go home Sir and have a good rest.

  5. Wow….and This is how the US treats it’s allies

  6. Maybe before he begins any new mess, should be accountable for the previous negotiation catastrophe, that simply let free 76 serial killers and that was his only result…

  7. Even HaEretz, wow. Then it must be true.

  8. Ignore Kerry, Israel.

  9. Gal Tamir says:

    *******, GO Home!!

  10. Ban Kerry from Israel. He is a time waster

  11. Kerry is a spineless moron..

  12. what planet is he from?? send him back there…we don’t want this traitor…

  13. what planet is he from?? send him back there…we don’t want this traitor…

  14. David Knight says:

    He is a terrible person.

  15. David Knight says:

    He is a terrible person.

  16. Kerry is a big-time PUTZ!

  17. Kerry is a big-time PUTZ!

  18. Kerry is a moron and should not be allowed back into Israel.

  19. Kerry is a moron and should not be allowed back into Israel.

  20. US do not care about ISRAEL for them is only about how much money they get from Qatar

  21. US do not care about ISRAEL for them is only about how much money they get from Qatar

  22. Diane Hudson says:

    What i idiot John Kerry is!

  23. Diane Hudson says:

    What i idiot John Kerry is!

  24. Lisa Kamins says:

    Kerry is a consistent anti-Semitic idiot

  25. Lisa Kamins says:

    Kerry is a consistent anti-Semitic idiot

  26. I think what he did is reaffirmed to Israel that we can ignore the US and do what’s good for us.

  27. Tony Mark says:

    Mazel Tov,, Ha-aretz is changing its opinion? ;)

  28. Tony Mark says:

    Mazel Tov,, Ha-aretz is changing its opinion? ;)

  29. The LEFT is always onesided against Israel. Which show the LEFT is always WRONG. No double talk folks just plain English.

  30. The LEFT is always onesided against Israel. Which show the LEFT is always WRONG. No double talk folks just plain English.

  31. Reta Klase says:

    I can’t believe how the Jewish People in America stand behind and Obama and Kerry the way they treat Israel their family and our Allies that is surprising to me known that God gave them Israel and they have a right to defend there self. Hamas started first.What is Israel suppose to do just set there and let the Hamas kill them one by one. I bet if it was any of Obama or Kerry family they wouldn’t say ceasefire.

  32. This is no way to treat our ONLY friend in the Middle East, God will not bless the United States for this.

  33. He and Obama never were for Israel.

  34. Edna Frambes says:

    He should just shut up …he knows nothing

  35. Kerry is the joke of the world in his actions, deeds, and who he reports to, the Head Clown Obozo. Impeachment pending of the Muslim President.

  36. An embarrassment to our great nation.

  37. Bintang Daud says:

    watch out for this guy…

  38. Jay Robbins says:

    let Hamas move next door to Kerry .

  39. Uzi Kattan says:

    we have Michael Ben Ari and Moshe Feiglin!

  40. Pastor Ron says:

    We Christian Conservatives in the USA raised a loud clarion call to warn Israel about the MUSLIM in the WH and his close associates……………… Sad that it took so long for you dear friends to hear US.

  41. Uzi Kattan says:

    When the subversive rag Haaretz says Kerry is anti Israel then he really is anti Israel. Netanyahu needs to give hm a Jewish swift boating.

  42. Sobriety Jon says:

    Learnt God made the first free nation on earth devinely ordained Isreal thru which he could reveal himself to the rest of the world.Isreal is a type of his firstborn and God wants to put a sense of liberty in our souls he opposes tyranny

  43. Ron Speer says:

    it is the government, not all the people

  44. Ebony Rock says:

    No thinking, it is a FACT! Why is Kerry and his boss, who initially ignored the tons of rockets landing on Israel suddenly developed quick feet for seize fire, when Israel was carrying out good job????

  45. Sobriety Jon says:

    Even masters who lord over servants were cautioned by Jesus to remember they have a higher master who is in heaven.people must be discreat in response to palestine versus Isreal.we know for a very long time now they never wanted Isreal to exist.which of course an absurdity

  46. stop him. don’t listen to him. send him home. let him understand that he is not needed. or let him to to Ukraine or to Putin or North Korea but the better to hell, if there is such.

  47. Jaci Jono says:

    THE EFFORT WAS VERY GOOD ……………… ONLY DO NOT SEED THAT HAMAS IS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION WILLING TO KILL EVERY JEWISH IN ISRAEL

  48. Wade Young says:

    LETS ALL VOTE AND GET OUR COUNTRY BACK

  49. Tim Donahue says:

    Wow! If the H says that, it’s DIRE!

  50. USA people voted him in and Obama.

  51. Has this link been taken down? It won’t show…

  52. @ Carol Thomas York : WE are wondering the exact same thing!!!

  53. Vonnie Gross says:

    Need Allen West?They are already fighting ” crazy”.

  54. Vonnie Gross says:

    The only foothold the U.S. has in the middle east,and ONLY Democracy there as well.Kerry is working against OUR Ally! The jackass.

  55. Tom Harmon says:

    Kick him out and DO NOT let him return!

  56. Well, so much for his next (like his last) presidential try — complete and utter failure.

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