Secretary of State John Kerry will probably be back in Israel as early as next Monday, for his twelfth (12th) visit here in less than a year (should have signed up for the monthly plan). So that part is not news. What’s news is the fact that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s official news organ, Israel Today, established and paid for by Jewish billionaire and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, is quoting “senior political sources” who are far from excited about the visit.
So the following information is like quoting Putin’s RT News agency, or Obama’s NBC, straight from the horse’s mouth.
Turns out that in closed forums in Jerusalem you could hear these past few weeks unprecedentedly harsh criticism of Kerry and his team.
Most notably, those closed forum senior folks have been ridiculing the American plan for defending the Jordan valley. Close as they are to the actual details of the plan, these seniors say it is “ridiculous and does not stand up to the test of reality.”
“Kerry has been visiting here a lot, but he shows no true understanding of what’s going on,” they continue. “The American plans are superficial and not serious. There’s no connection between what’s being said publicly about progress in the negotiations and what’s actually happening. It looks like Kerry is simply not in touch with reality. He is not knowledgeable, to say the least, in the roots of the conflict, he doesn’t know how to present real solutions, and he isn’t even familiar with the maps he is being shown.”
So, that’s the welcoming message Bibi wants Kerry to find upon his 12th arrival. Not bad, actually, if it’s true. that’s the problem with Pravda-style news organs, you never know.
Here are more fun excerpts, courtesy of Adelson Enterprises: “The way the American secretary of state has been handling himself has been obsessive. Some are saying that more than trying to advance the peace, he is trying to use the conflict for his own political ends. According to this view, Kerry must think that the road to the White House for him goes through the signing of a Middle East peace treaty.”
I must intervene here and state that Kerry already tried the White House thing and lost to one of Barbara Bush’s less bright boys during a military fiasco that followed the latter’s losing a chunk of two major American cities while telling a goat story to six year olds. So Kerry is not harboring presidential fantasies, and if he is, the Democrats aren’t buying.
Still, Bibi’s officials have been watching Kerry meeting with opposition politicians and with reporters, making it look like the deal is in the next room, waiting for the caligraphist to copy it onto a nice parchment. But it ain’t, really, it’s not even close.
“Israel is being forced to cooperate with the U.S. plans, especially because we’re afraid that if we don’t, they would blame Israel for the failure of the talks,” they say.
They also believe that, in exchange for Israel’s request to extend the peace process by one year, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will demand additional concessions, such as construction freeze in the settlements and more prisoner releases (that’s murderers of Jewish babies and mothers with blood trickling down from their sleeves).
“And Kerry will support these demands, turning them, in effect, into new American demands, backed by American threats, while the Arabs are yet to have given even a single concession, from Oslo to this day,” Bibi’s circlers are saying.
Finally, all the prime minister’s men complained that “the negotiations are being conducted without any papers and documents being exchanged between the two sides, because the Arabs are refusing to show written paper. The Americans come in with prepared suggestions, they read them, and they, too, leave no documents in either side’s hands. Everything is done by heart.”
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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