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Kerry Headed for PA-Israel Crisis that He Created

Kerry has done a lot in three months. He has won the distrust of Abbas. He has personally upbraided Israeli Ambassador Oren. Why is he coming to town this week? Maybe he booked the wrong plane.
John Kerry downsized Ambassador Oren for Israel's recognizing Jewish communities in Samaria.

John Kerry downsized Ambassador Oren for Israel's recognizing Jewish communities in Samaria.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is flying again to Jerusalem and Ramallah this week against headwinds he has created with non-stop talk that has heated up the atmosphere in a region where high pressure already is a way of life.

His latest goof was to usurp communication channels between envoys and to personally protest to Michael Oren, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, over the government’s recent move to legalize three Jewish communities in  Samaria.

Kerry has done a lot in the three months since he took over from State Hillary Clinton. He has logged tens of thousands of miles, including three trips to Israel. He has talked and talked days and night to foreign ministers from around the world.

Kerry also has tripped over himself by repeating the Obama administration’s tactic of premising the Arabs everything and delivering nothing.

His phone call to Oren last week takes the cake, whatever is left of it. Haaretz reported on Monday that Kerry told Oren that the government’s change of heart to recognize the Jewish communities instead of demolishing them undermines his efforts to resume direct talked between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

The newspaper pointed out that Kerry’s choice to not to deliver the message thorough lower-level officials indicates his anger at Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, particularly after Kerry asked Jerusalem and Ramallah to refrain from upsetting the apple cart.

However, the cart never really moved because Kerry has put it in front the horse.

His “hit the ground running” approach in the Middle East is exactly the same mistake President Barack Obama made when he first took office. His “reaching out to Muslims” speech in Cairo created Great Expectations that turned into greater disappointment in the Arab world.

Haaretz’s Barak Ravid, who reported on the details of Kerry’s phone call to Oren, wrote two weeks ago, “Kerry so far looks like a naive and ham-handed diplomat who has been acting like a bull in the china shop.”

Kerry likes talking on the phone. After PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad announced last month he was resigning, the Secretary of State called him and PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to prevent the resignation, which, according to Ravid, “did more harm than good.”

Abbas’ Fatah party leaders were against him from the beginning, if for no other reason than because he was hand-picked by the United States to be prime minister. Kerry’s personal intervention only reinforced the fact.

Kerry also has held endless conversations with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, but the more Kerry talks, the less anyone in the Middle East listens.

After 15 years of constant American deadlines for a peace agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, Kerry added another one. He told Congress that the “window of opportunity” will be shut in less than two years. That might be true if he is looking through he window of his plane, from where he can see daylight forever – until he lands.

Another deadline he set a few weeks was the resumption of direct talked between the Palestinian Authority and Israel within two months.

He stipulated that neither side would take any unilateral moves or set pre-conditions.

Reflecting the unspoken view of both the Netanyahu and Abbas administrations that Kerry is a fish out of water in  the Middle East, the Palestinian Authority promptly stated that he would be happy to talk with Bibi, so long as it is understood that Israel will accept in advance everything he wants.

Abbas is only requesting that Israel simply return to the 1949 Temporary Armistice Lines that existed until 1967. And if that is the case, obviously Israel must again announce it will stop building in those areas.

And since no Jews will be living there, Abbas reasons that Israel has no reason not to release Palestinian Authority terrorists from jail.

In the Middle East, no one lets the other side think he can play solitaire, so it is no wonder that the government decided to legalize the Jewish communities.

As Kerry gets closer to boarding the plane for Israel, Palestinian Authority and Israel negotiators are giving him all the rope he needs to hang himself.

Tzipi Livni, Israel’s unofficial Minister for the Peace Process, told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday, “We want the Palestinian Authority to know that peace talks are the only game in town.”

Senior PA negotiator Saeb Erekat said earlier this week, “No one benefits more from the success of Secretary Kerry than Palestinians and no one loses more from his failure than Palestinians.”

That is what was said out loud, but off the record, a Palestinian Authority official said Abbas has no expectations that Kerry will come up with any magic potion to resume direct talks.

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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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7 Responses to “Kerry Headed for PA-Israel Crisis that He Created”

  1. Just like the one before him “Clinton” a complete useless waste of space…..Get rid of him and his boss Zoobama

  2. Carol Cumbie says:

    The useless piece of dog crap just like Obama. They love that power but they are just too stupid to know how to use it. They let all the crazy muslims into this country think that they can tell the muslims they let come into this country thinking they won’t hurt them. They think they will only hurt us. All of them need to be sent back to the middle east sent Obama and all the rest of the democratic party with them. Give them 72 hours to get out if they are still here after that date. Send all of them out on the fastest missle there is.Drop in the middle of the Middle East then dare them to evewn look in our direction.

  3. Right now we have two critical area's that Kerry should be focused on. The first is the problem that Russia has taken in arming Assad with s-300's and has moved his navy in close to possibly support Syria while the US just sits by and acts like everything is ok. The second is Iran is nearly at the point where it could choose to make a nuke. The PA is a small potato issue right now. Did you know that Damascus Syria has historically remained inhabited from the time of it’s founding until today? Despite military losses it has always been populated. Yet Isaiah 17 states that God will take it away from being a city. That has not happened as of yet. If God chooses to use mans weapons of mass destruction as one of the tools to bring that about then today’s news concerning Assad should get you interested enough to take a longer look at that short chapter. In addition Iran continues determined in it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Yet here we are with the clock ticking. In July of 2012 I wrote a small book that lists some of what the Bible says will happen in the end times as well as what will happen during the period known as the seven (360 day) year tribulation and other soon to take place events. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s about 6 or 7 pages, so it’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  4. It’s not Mother Nature – Russian centrifuges it!!!!
    Russian centrifuges – is a device that causes natural disasters and changing weather
    When you will understand it?

  5. About time you get to your head Livni, the PA. don't want to talke, and they don't want peace, and they don't want the existance of a Jewish state they R only interesting in killing us how long it's going to take for such a smart leftist like you to get it? and when you do get it please share it with your friend Kerry may be he will stop dreaming.

  6. John Bloskas says:

    What did u expect from Kerry!

  7. Larry Snider says:

    It's easy to be cynical and recognize how difficult it is to make meaningful progress. And yet it is our responsibility to try, to reach beyond all we know and create a new opportunity for peace.

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