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Kerry’s Dream and Abbas’ Nightmare Meet in Biblical Beit El

Road sign points the way to Beit El, where Israel plans to build 296 homes for Jews despite Kerry's hopes a for building freeze.

Road sign points the way to Beit El, where Israel plans to build 296 homes for Jews despite Kerry's hopes a for building freeze.

The Beit El housing is just another bump in the road for her. “There is no need for this to become a pretext for drama or anger,” she said. As for the American  government, “They listened and they understood and for the moment, there is no reaction.”

Kerry can be expected to try to convince Abbas to swallow the frog and trust good ol’ John, who wants exactly what Abbas wants –  a Jew-less Judea and Samaria. Thast is not because Kerry hates Jews. He simply knows it is easier to bleed Netanyahu instead of having to be bled by the entire Arab world. And don’t forget to fill up the gas tank on the way.

Israel cannot back down from building homes in Beit El because of a previous promise, and it would not be surprising if the Netanyahu administration purposely timed the Beit El announcement to counter opposition within the coalition to the de facto freeze.

The promise to build homes followed the expulsion of 33 families in the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El, which the courts ruled was built on land that they bought from an Arab who was not registered as the land owner.

Kerry has four weeks to at least stage a ceremonious meeting between Netanyahu and Abbas, or at least between senior negotiators, to save face and keep his momentum going, even if it has no course or direction.

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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9 Responses to “Kerry’s Dream and Abbas’ Nightmare Meet in Biblical Beit El”

  1. The condemnation will happen over 296 homes or 2,960 homes. Might as well make it the 2,960 and get it over with.

  2. Cathy Sherman says:

    Why is Kerry relevant? Didn't he make a fool of himself in the US running for prez? Oh, I forgot, the US elects former dingbats because the collective memory is short. He can condemn us all he wants, but he's the one who will be condemned. We have the right to defend ourselves, (gag-no one else has to beg for this right), but not the right to build homes? The presence of homes is a peaceful means of defense. They'd prefer constant shooting?

  3. Cathy Sherman says:

    Why is Kerry relevant? Didn't he make a fool of himself in the US running for prez? Oh, I forgot, the US elects former dingbats because the collective memory is short. He can condemn us all he wants, but he's the one who will be condemned. We have the right to defend ourselves, (gag-no one else has to beg for this right), but not the right to build homes? The presence of homes is a peaceful means of defense. They'd prefer constant shooting?

  4. I totally agree with you .And I think Kerry is a scumbag.

  5. Gil Gilman says:

    Kerry's efforts are irrelevant. There is no embargo on well-meaning but misguided individuals in the political arena, or any other arena for that matter. The days of Henry Kissinger are long past, and his shuttle diplomacy resulted in a cease-fire after the Yom Kippur War, but Jimmy Carter used that shuttle diplomacy methodology to produce the Camp David Accords, and Clinton the Oslo I Accord from which Israel, and no one else, still suffers to this day. Now 20 years have passed, and this shuttle process will not produce a sou of result without PA and Hamas recanting their agenda. How likely is that! Oddly these accords came about because of a fear, on the part of diplomats, of an increase in terrorism. See what that got them? And everyone else sees it also.

  6. Gil Gilman says:

    So it has been 40 years since the Yom Kippur War. Who during all that time has been able to adjust the thinking palestinians? Israel, and no one else has used a yod of reasoning and common sense during four decades.

  7. wow that's a good news about Livni and her leftists party I just want her gone and forgotten!

  8. wow that's a good news about Livni and her leftists party I just want her gone and forgotten!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Often leads the aspirations of the men to the emergence in the international fora to implicate other men, though it was a question about Kerry Is fit and Minister for Foreign Affairs Affairs will say America can question the U.S. Congress, and Obama.

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