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State Dept: No Guarantee Arab League Recognize Israel Even after Deal


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State Dept. Spokesperson Jen Psaki (R) with Secretary of State John Kerry. Psaki revealed Kerry himself has no trust in the promise of regional acceptance he's been lavishing on Israel.

State Dept. Spokesperson Jen Psaki (R) with Secretary of State John Kerry. Psaki revealed Kerry himself has no trust in the promise of regional acceptance he's been lavishing on Israel.
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Psaki said the proposed U.S. framework will be the basis for negotiations for a final agreement. Meaning, when in doubt, parrot something, nobody is listening anyway. Except the pesky reporter was listening, and he pointed out the final agreement won’t address the Golan Heights, because it has nothing to do with a Palestinian state. He insisted on referring again to Psaki’s boss, who “says the minute this agreement is signed, 22 Arab nations and 35 Muslim nations will recognize or hold out the hope” of regional recognition of Israel.

Will they, or will they have new demands once Israel makes the big cut in its own flesh?

Psaki retorted, “Well, Michael, that’s a figure of speech. It doesn’t mean the minute he steps off the stage of an announcement that anything will be implemented.”

Please, Jewish brothers and sisters, if ever there was a warning given out by our State Dept., it this last line. It was just a figure of speech.

I don’t know how long is the line by now of people abandoned by the Obama Administration: the poor, the sick, the unemployed, I could go on and on. Do we really want our own shiny spot on that line? Do we really want to give up everything only to be met by a shoulder shrugging Secretary Kerry who tells us with his boyish smile that it was just a figure of speech?

The reporter continues to push, inquiring whether there’s there any discussion with the Arab League of amending their initiative, especially since, for the time being, there isn’t even a singular Syria to which Israel would be able to return anything, much less a border area close to where Al Qaeda and Hezbollah are busy killing each other. Is there any talk with the Arab League to amend their initiative to suggest waiting at least until there’s a government in Syria?

Psaki: There is not a discussion of amending the API.

Of course there isn’t, because what difference would that make? The purpose of the API is not to normalize regional relations with Israel but rather to weaken Israel so that it would be easier to annihilate when the next opportunity presents itself. Kerry Knows it, which is why it wouldn’t even cross his mind to convince those 57 Arab and Muslim states to give a little.

When American Jews, including Israel’s best friends and allies, including Orthodox individuals and institutions, are asserting that Kerry has our best interests in his heart; when they rebuke those of us who point straight at the false promises coupled with brute threats emanating practically from everything Secretary Kerry is saying to us, here in Israel – point them to Friday’s press conference. Tell them the Secretary of State wouldn’t even bother to suggest to the Arab League that it reconcile some of its absolutist demands, even temporarily.

He knows there’s no hope there. Why bother?

Yori Yanover

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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