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Kerry Hosts ‘Peace Process Partner’ Livni to Advance PA Demands

John Kerry and Tzipi Livni have something in common. Both of them want to advance their political careers with the booby prize of an Israeli-Palestinian Authority peace agreement.
Tzipi Livni, Israel's de facto 'peace process minister,' with former PA negotiator Ahmed Qureia in July 2010

Tzipi Livni, Israel's de facto 'peace process minister,' with former PA negotiator Ahmed Qureia in July 2010
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Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is Prime Minister Netanyahu’s de facto “peace process minister,” is in Washington for talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is fresh from winning a supposed “concession” from the Arab League for the American-sponsored peace process.

Kerry has come up with a proposal to adopt most of the Saudi 2002 Peace Initiative, which is virtually everything that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has demanded.

Kerry’s mission is to make a deal. Getting Israel and the Palestinian Authority to agree on the final status of an independent Arab country under the aegis of the Palestinian Authority would be a glorious triumph for Kerry, possibly the stepping stone to the White House in  2016.

To get there, he is taking the course of least resistance, meaning the Israeli government.

Enter his real peace partner, Tzipi Livni.

Prime Minister Netanyahu holds the portfolio of Foreign Minister until there is a court decision on whether Avigdor Lieberman is guilty of fraud or can return to his former post. In the meantime, Netanyahu hurriedly bought Livni’s tiny party of six Knesset Members into the government by granting her the responsibility for handling the American effort for Palestinian Authority peace talks, one of Livni’s pet hobbies.

She and Kerry have the same goal, a deal at any cost with the prize of international admiration.

He came away from a meeting with the Arab League last week and tried to sell Israel a bill of goods of the Great Concession: The Arab supposedly are prepared to amend the Saudi 2002 Peace Initiative and back “land swaps,” meaning Israel would have their approval for sovereignty over a small amount of the land that was restored to the country in the Six-Day War in 1967.

In return, Israel would fork over an equal amount of land that has been part of the country since 1948.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheik al-Thani, whose kingdom has been unusually aggressive in handing out fat checks to Hamas and is pouring money into Arab areas of Jerusalem as well as the Palestinian Authority, led the Arab League delegation.

He agreed that perhaps – maybe if this and maybe if that, and if Israel behaves – the League could agree to “minor” land swaps.

For Kerry, this was a big concession. He “broke” the back of the Arabs and all that is left for him to do is tell Israel it is the best thing for the country since felafel.

“The Arab League delegation affirmed … the two-state solution on the basis of the 4th of June 1967 line, with the (possibility) of comparable and mutual agreed minor swap of the land,” he declared.

Of course, no one has any idea of what “minor” land swaps could mean, but you can rest your bottom dinar it does not mean that Israel would retain Gush Etzion. Maaleh Adumim? Maybe. Maybe not.

Perhaps the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ramot, French Hill, Pisgat Ze’ev and Talpiot, among others? Could be.

And Gilo? Probably not.

It does not matter now. The most important thing for Kerry and Livni, his one-woman Israeli government fan club, is to talk it up. It does not matter to them that Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal already has rejected the idea. But they can take of him later and drop Hamas from the list of outlawed terrorist organizations, make it a legal terrorist group, and everything will be just fine.

Livni said the Qatari prime minister’s grand concession of possibly, just maybe, agreeing to a  minor land swap was “very positive news.”

And what would land would Israel give up in this “minor” swap. Most likely, enough land to link Gaza with Judea and Samaria.

Of course there is one not so minor point that Kerry has forgotten. Actually, he has not forgotten because the State Dept. does not know any better.

What Israeli Arab in his right mind would give up all the benefits and security he gets from the Israeli government and become subjects of the Palestinian Authority in order to help Kerry’s political career?

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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8 Responses to “Kerry Hosts ‘Peace Process Partner’ Livni to Advance PA Demands”

  1. When did the US and Israel decide that God no longer mattered? Why are we interested in making these sinful deals? This is God’s land and we’re not allowed to give it away. Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria looks like he may be willing to use weapons of mass destruction against his own people and against near by nations as well. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. 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.

  2. Ken Kelso says:

    I just heard an interview on the radio show “HaKol Diburim” (conducted by our friend Yuval Ben-Ami’s father Oded) with the former Israeli representative Eli Avidar in Qatar. He was asked about this supposed “breakthough” where the Arab Initiantive agrees to minor land swaps.
    He said forget it, there is no breakthrough and the Arab Initiative is NOT a peace plan. He said the Sheikh of Qatar told former Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami in a secret meeting that NO Arab leader will ever agree to recognize Israel’s right to exist or agree to “end the conflict”. This means that an Israeli agreement to carry out the Arab Initiative (which includes the “Right of Return”) would simply be a temporary armed truce until the Palestinian refugees oust the Zionist regime. So there goes your hopes for peace.

  3. Ken Kelso says:

    This was posted on a left wing site, so even they know this is all part of the 74 stages plan.

  4. I just hope the Israeli government does not fall for this flatulent lie. Israel is not a piece of merchandise for anybody to sell out in the open market. I do not care what the U.S. and its Arabs friends decide. I urge you Mr. Prime Minister stand tought for Israel, and not to bent over to this disgusting U.S. foreign policy. Peace with the Palestinias is not a true peace. Read what Hamas think about Israel, and if you believe that you could push Israel to the edge just because you, Secretary of State, wants to be elected President in 2016, you are wrong. I would encourage the ¨real Jewish people¨to hold on tight to your beliefs and do not give up Israel´s security and land, for a lame duck peace process. If you divide Jerusalem, there is a big price to pay for committing that tragical mistake. God is watching you! Fight for your land, as you have always done it, and keep your land to the end of time. If the Palestinians want peace, then they would have to settle for what it is right now: Israel control of Jerusalem. No more terrorism. No more Iran´s BS, and no more Hizbullah behind Hamas disgusting approach against the Jewish People. If you care about keeping Israel ïntact¨, then do not be fooled by these lies and delution from the present U.S. administration. Stand strong, and never give up….. God is not death, but terrorists and terrorism will!

  5. Sir I totally agree with that. Israel cannot cave to Kerry(a traitor to this country and Livni empty promises. Going back to the 1967 borders would be suicide for Israel. Anyway Israel should have a referendum on this so the people can decide.

  6. Livni loves to hide behind the facade of an agreement, as though it were the last step, even if everyone knows that there is no chance that the agreement would be kept. She did that in the Israel-Hezbollah war, even though there was no chance that the UN peacekeepers would keep Hezbollah disarmed. Once the agreement is entered into, she can claim to be a great peacemaker. So, she would be overjoyed to sign a "peace agreement" with the Palestinian Arabs giving them the strategic territory of the mountain range overlooking Tel Aviv and Netanya, even though everyone knows that the they would place tens of thousands rockets there for the day of Armageddon, when they would fire them all at Israel's population centers. She and Olmert vie for who can sell out Israel the most for their own personal motives. At least for Olmert the crook, it is to stay out of jail. For her, it is for public adulation.

  7. We all have our faith and The Word. That is not the path of the knowledge of truth from God our Father thru. our Saviour Jesus Christ. We can not add or take away from the true Holy Bible. God bless…

  8. We all have our faith and The Word. That is not the path of the knowledge of truth from God our Father thru. our Saviour Jesus Christ. We can not add or take away from the true Holy Bible. God bless…

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