Latest update: December 24th, 2012
One of the men behind the Renaissance Project is Essam al-Haddad, a member of the Brotherhood’s business association, created to attract investment in Egypt’s economy. He is head of the Office of the President; and member of the Muslim Brotherhood Guidance Office. With a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Birmingham, England, he has been influential in the Brotherhood’s outreach to the West, according to the Washington Institute. He met with U.S. assistant secretary of state Michael Posner in January 2012, and organized the Freedom and Justice Party’s participation in the Carnegie Endowment’s conference on democratic change in North Africa, held in Washington in April 2012. At the same time, literally, he became Muhammad Morsi’s campaign manager and, in early May, 2012, accompanied him to Alexandria to meet with prominent Salafist Sheikhs.
Besides his close ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, Senator Kerry also knows the ins and outs of Gaza. Back in February, 2009, Foreign Relations Chairman Kerry was touring the devastation in Gaza after operation Cast Lead, and met with officials from the UN Works Relief Agency, the main provider of humanitarian aid in Gaza. According to CNN, during the visit “Islamic fundamentalist group Hamas passed Sen. John Kerry a letter for President Obama.”
Frederick Jones, the committee’s communications director, told CNN at the end of Kerry’s meeting with UNRWA chief Karen Abu Zayed that “she handed [Kerry] a letter addressed to the president of the United States along with other materials.”
Kerry spokesman Frederick Jones said the senator was not aware that the letter was from Hamas when he accepted it from Abu Zayed, and only heard media reports of its origin, which prompted him to relinquish it. The Israeli embassy commented that Kerry should not have acted as mailman for a group labeled as a terrorist organization by the United States.
But that’s what Kerry has done over the past four years. Oh, and there’s his immortal Wikileaks statement about Israel returning to Golan Heights to Assad, who is now “ready for change.”
It reads like an Onion item:
In November, 2010, a U.S. State Department cable leaked on the Wikileaks website, quoted Kerry as saying he believed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu needs to compromise and work the return of the Golan Heights to Syria into a formula for peace. Kerry made the statement to the Emir of Qatar in a February meeting between the two.
Kerry was referring to the Emir’s position that peace between Israel and the Palestinians could only be attempted once a Syria-Israel peace had been achieved, and that the Golan Heights was paramount in attaining that peace.
Kerry then added that he believes Syrian President Bashar Assad wants change, but that he must compromise and act like more of a statesman in order to attain it.
Also, Assad should try to avoid the kind of change that results in an abrupt cessation of breathing due to the adverse effect of a noose.
As Secretary of State we should expect more of the same, including the kind of in-depth judgment that would have made Israel give up one of its most precious strategic assets to a mass murderer about to be ousted in a bloody civil war. And including the subterranean efforts to undermine old allies of the U.S., replacing them with enemies of the West and of Israel. And including the efforts to legitimize Hamas as the real Palestinian authority – because Kerry has stated on numerous occasions that he does not believe Abbas has got what it takes.
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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