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Kerry Blames, Threatens Israel if ‘Peace Talks’ Fail

In a remarkable televised interview, US Secretary of State John Kerry placed all the blame for any snags in the peace talks on Israel and threatened Israel of dire consequences if the current talks are not resolved to this US administration's satisfaction on the timetable set up by this administration.

John Kerry scolded and threatened the Jewish State in a television interview on Nov. 7, 2013

John Kerry scolded and threatened the Jewish State in a television interview on Nov. 7, 2013
Photo Credit: Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has thrown away the gloves, removed all the makeup, and resorted to naked threats and bullying in order to force Israel to fulfill this U.S. administration’s dream of successfully – from its, not Israel’s perspective – concluding the current round of Middle East “peace” talks.

Kerry’s threats to the Jewish state were broadcast during a joint interview with Udi Segal of Israel’s Channel 2 and Maher Shalabi of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, a preview of which was aired on Thursday, Oct. 7.

Perhaps most revealing was Kerry’s rhetorical query: “The alternative to getting back to the talks is the potential of chaos,” Kerry said. “Does Israel want a third intifada?”

While the blame and the threats were dealt only to the Jewish State, Kerry did give the back of his hand twice to the Arab reporter.

The first time Kerry shut down the Arab reporter had to do with the creation of a single state. Shalabi pointed out that a growing number of Arabs have begun to turn away from the two state goal, and instead are talking about a single state.

To that suggestion, Kerry was categorical: “Well, there is no one-state solution.” He would brook no further discussion of that topic at all.

The second time Kerry withheld candy from the Arabs was when their reporter tried to cajole Kerry into saying the U.S. would impose a solution on Israel, pointing out that the U.S. “imposes elsewhere.”  Kerry definitively deflated that line of questioning. He pointed out that the U.S. is a facilitator and can help the two sides.”But in the end, you can’t have a peace imposed by anybody. You have to have a peace that the parties agree on.”

Other than being shut down on those two suggestions, everything that Kerry said must have been music to the ears of the Arab Palestinian reporter and his people.  It was a total smack-down of the Jewish state.

It was a virtual cornucopia of attacks against and misrepresentations of Israel’s actions and rights as has ever been lined up other than in, perhaps, Stephen Walt and John Meirsheimer’s infamous book about “The Israel Lobby.”

To begin with, Kerry reiterated his position that not only the Arabs consider the “settlements,” that is, Jews living and breathing beyond the 1949 Armistice Line, illegitimate, but so does the United States and the rest of the world.

The U.S. Secretary of State lectured Israel incessantly.  Here’s just one example:

Let me ask you something: How – if you say you’re working for peace and you want peace and a Palestine that is a whole Palestinian that belongs to the people who live there, how can you say we’re planning to build in the place that will eventually be Palestine? So it sends a message that somehow perhaps you’re not really serious.

And here’s another, in response to whether there is a problem of cynicism from both sides:

Well, from both sides.  And particularly in Israel – Israel says oh, we feel safe today, we have a wall, we’re not in a day-to-day conflict, we’re doing pretty well economically.  Well, I’ve got news for you. Today’s status quo will not be tomorrow’s or next year’s.  Because if we don’t resolve this issue, the Arab world, the Palestinains, neighbors, others are going to begin again to push in a different way.  And the last thing Israel wants to see is a return to violence.

And one more thing: How does Israel survive as a Jewish state in a binational status? People have to stop and think about this reality. You need to resolve this issue, and it needs to be resolved now.

When the Israeli reporter tried to push back and present the problematic activity of the Arab Palestinians, Kerry just turned it around into another attack on Israel.  One can only imagine the intake of breath heard throughout Israel as this played out:

MR. SEGAL: How do you think a picture of Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, hugging murderers that killed children 20 or 3o years ago and say that they’re heroes of the Palestinian people – what kind of message do you think this is sent about peace process or peace atmosphere to the Israeli people?

Kerry begins his response sounding mildly sympathetic, but that tone is quickly replaced by annoyance at the Israeli people.

SECRETARY KERRY: It’s very difficult. I have no illusions.  I know that the vast majority of the people in Israel are opposed. I understand that. Prime Minister Netanyahu understands that, and it is a sign of his seriousness that he was willing to make this decision. The alternative to getting back to the talks is the potential of chaos.  I mean, does Israel want a third intifada?

And for the record, Kerry asserted repeatedly that “the Palestinians and President Abbas have committed themselves to non-violence.” And he threatened that if Israel did not work with this current “non-violent” Arab Palestinian leadership, then Israel “may wind up with leadership that is committed to violence.” As if hugging and calling murderers heroes is an excellent example of a leadership committed to non-violence.

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About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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103 Responses to “Kerry Blames, Threatens Israel if ‘Peace Talks’ Fail”

  1. We should not worry….America has our backs….??????

  2. Jim Yeager says:

    These Guys : Kerry. Obama, And Abbas Remind Me Of The Three Stooges ! LMAO : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjIWbeZ3KtM

  3. Quetta Bird says:

    Ps 25:22…Redeem Israel out of all of their troubles.
    Joel 3:16…Be a shelter for Your people,
    Joel 3:16…and the strength of the children of Israel.

    God’s Chosen; we are to pray for her & her people not threaten them

  4. Joe Lopez says:

    Kerry should blame himself for his failed foreign policies he clearly doesn’t understand how the Middle East works! Shame on him!

  5. Kerry mind your business and fix America first. Israel doesn’t need your help or approval.

  6. You are now seeing the US hidden deceptive colours.So you should think about it.

  7. tell kerry where to go and don’t let him back into your country…

  8. Ronen Kol says:

    kerry is not charismatic like berlusconi

  9. John Kerry you were at traitor in Vietnam and you're a traitor to the American people now

  10. Ask the vets that served with Kerry in Nam ,he is a rat . and came home teamed up with Hanoi Jane , and denounced our troops ! this man left his wife and kids to marry a woman who was rich who sold ketchup ! And thru his medals away . !! He sold his sole for $ . !!!

  11. Jimmy Usis says:

    John Kerry is a fool remember what the Lord said Genisis 12:1-3 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

    2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

    3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
    Stick that in your pipe Mr Kerry and smoke it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Oh yeah, sure, threaten those that can and will wipe out the rest of the Middle East.

    Netanyahu, I implore you… please, for the love of the rest of the world, have someone do "something" about our president.

    Without obama, the rest of the democratic party WILL fall like dominoes.

  13. If this isn't a declaration of war I don't know what is.

  14. Steve Klein says:

    Obama is the most anti-Israel (I believe anti-Jewish / racist) president in American history. But at least Kerry is threatening and blaming Israel in public rather than behind the scenes as previous administrations did.

  15. Steve Klein says:

    "From your lips to God's ears." I hope you are right about Obamacare. My guess is, Obama figures he can wait this one out (the present outcry) and then the people will eventually accommodate themselves to "our new reality." Truth be known Obama hopes his legacy will be the destruction of a once great country. Do you think he cares about this nation? I don't. I believe he hates this country just like his father and his grandfather hated it.

  16. I agree with all the comments .. especially from
    his lips to GOD's ears..Woe on our nation if we touch Israel. GOD is not a man that he should lie

  17. Paula says:

    Kerry’s grandparents were Jewish, went from Kohn to Kerry. His rich wife is Jewish. No matter who “explains” these things to me .. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND why American Jews are so intolerant or hide their heads in the sand when major countries THREATEN Israel. I don’t understand that if you want socialism in your life you have to bash Israel.

    I’m Second generation American…. my mother’s family was from Germany (left in 1900) my father and his family were in Russia during WWII. We all heard the stories of what went on in Europe the anti semitism (that continues today)….I believe in my heart that as long as there is ISRAEL that we will never know another holocaust against Jews. But to have to struggle against the muslims that hate you, the Christians that hate you, the countries that hate you …because you are Jewish… but to have Jews STAND DOWN for Israel is WRONG. Don’t they realize that the haters will throw any and all Jews under the bus when the time comes?

  18. Israel is experiencing what America "lives with". The Obama administration lives by threats, deceit, and an evil agenda. Barack Obama is a master at blaming others – especially when he is the culprit. Do what you have to do, Israel, there are more of us with you – than against you and you have the "highest support" available. Shalom from a Christian Friend.

  19. leave the "talks" today. just walk out and let hashem sort out these bastards.

  20. Kerry fits the mold of a particular variety of American politicians who, at the end of their less than stellar careers decide that they will finally find their place in history by bringing peace to the Middle East. Since no Palestinian leader is going to ever sign such an agreement (remember Arafat said that signing such an agreement would be the same as signing his own death warrant) they end up beating up on the Israelis and then, n some cases like Jimmy Carter drift into anti-Semitism. As to Obama being the most anti-Israel President I would suggest your readers look at the Eisenhower Administration which threatened to crush the Israeli economy if Israel did not bend to its pro-Arab policies following the Suez War of 1956 and to the administration of Bush I, the House of Saud's lapdog.

  21. Alan Kardon says:

    If Kerry dies his brain will have company. Be sure to write letters of protest to all your elected officials. Make sure that this NEW attitude is not acceptable. If the Palestinians want a one state solution we have one state, ISRAEL. Let them recognize it before any further discussion is done.

  22. Eva Feld says:

    At best he is laughable.

  23. Al Goltzman says:

    This is just a typical blindness to the factual ideology that Islam has towards peace with Israel. The U.S. even provides financial support for a school where Palestinian children are engrained in their right to regain all lands which their parents and grandparents had been forcibly removed from and the removal of all these Christian and Jewish infidels from all of their Palestinian lands. Kerry is one of the voices of this current government that needs to face reality of the facts of the world we live in.

  24. Kenny Croley says:

    Its official. Kerry is even a bigger dumbass stupid son of a bitch than his boss, [boss, that's laughable] and is incapable of rational thought.

  25. Wayne Penney says:

    Where is the video?

  26. Shame on Kerry! the leftist,catholic Irish anti-Semite! The Obamah Administration is the most anti-Semitic since Jimmy Carter. Israel should go directly to both houses and by pass this Obamah racist administration. The most heinous racism is anti-Semitism! WATCH! Judaism every Wednesday 10;00AM & 6:00PM NEW YORK TIME From your browser enter bcat.tv Scroll down to "Community Media" then click on 'Brooklyn Public Network". Click on arrow in Channel 2 rabbimfriedman@yahoo.com Gutt Shabbous Shabbat Shalom

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