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Wikileaks Cables Expose John Kerry as an Enemy of Peace in the Mideast
Frontpagemag-Newsrealblog ^ | 11-30-2010 | Seth Mandel

Posted on 11/30/2010 2:29:34 PM PST by smoothsailing

Wikileaks Cables Expose John Kerry as an Enemy of Peace in the Mideast



2010 November 30

by Seth Mandel

When Barack Obama became president, he finally put one issue to rest: No, the Democratic Party is not pro-Israel. But the WikiLeaks revelations have now put in doubt another claim: that the Democrats want peace for Israel and her neighbors.

The question is raised with regard to John Kerry, the Democrats’ previous standard-bearer. One of the leaked diplomatic cables divulges that in a meeting with the emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa, Kerry “added that Netanyahu also needs to compromise and work the return of the Golan Heights into a formula for peace.”

Despite proof of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s supplying Hezbollah with missiles, Assad is, according to Kerry, “a man who wants change.” Kerry also told Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani that he was “shocked” by what he saw in Gaza, and said its rebuilding must be a priority.

And although this should come as no surprise, Kerry fully backed the establishment of eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.

But the Golan Heights disclosure is what exposes Kerry for the untrustworthy fraud he is. We can thank him, however, for giving us an opportunity to review why exactly his line of thinking–and that of the Democratic Party–is so damaging to Israel’s security and to the peace process in general.

First, we must dispel the notion that the Golan Heights in particular, and peace in general, are Syrian goals. As Barry Rubin notes in The Truth About Syria, the very idea that Palestine could exist independently is an affront to Syria’s historical identity. As Assad’s father once told Yasser Arafat, “There is no Palestinian people or Palestinian entity, there is only Syria, and Palestine is an integral… part of Syria.”

This is consistent with the way Syrian leaders have always spoken about the conflict, and the fact that it was said to Arafat’s face shows just how unapologetic the Syrians are about this facet of their national ego. Incidentally, the Stephen Walts and the Andrew Sullivans of the world feverishly push the theory that despite his past territorial concessions and public affirmation of the two-state solution Binyamin Netanyahu still “believes in Greater Israel, and simply wants to occupy the West Bank indefinitely.” The reality, however, is that it is Syria’s obsession with Greater Syria that has plagued the modern Mideast for nearly a century now.

Because of this, Syria much prefers constant conflict to regaining the Golan Heights, because peace would mean they lose “southern Syria” forever. Rubin notes:

There are very good reasons for this policy. A peace settlement would deny Syria its major–even sole–advantage in the inter-Arab struggle and would increase U.S. influence, inevitably favoring Egypt, Israel, and Jordan over Syria. Even if Israel became accepted as a normal regional power, its interests would still clash with those of Syria. Jerusalem would be far more likely to cooperate with Jordan and Egypt, Syria’s rivals. In short, Syria’s obstructionism and hawkishness are quite logical. Peace would make it a second-rate power.

It would also be prudent to briefly debunk the claim that Syria somehow has a “right” to the Golan, and that Israel contravened international law by annexing the Heights. After the annexation, Professor Julius Stone of Hastings College of the Law put this smear to bed: “There is no rule of international law which requires a lawful military occupant, in this situation, to wait forever before [making] control and government of the territory permanent…. Many international lawyers have wondered, indeed, at the patience which led Israel to wait as long as she did.”

Kerry’s comments about the Golan also beg the question: Does John Kerry believe Israel has a right to defensible borders? Even Democratic leaders in the 1990s repeatedly stressed Israel’s need for defensible borders. So why is Kerry pushing for Israel to give back the Golan?

The Golan Heights would give Syria–and its stockpile of missiles–a perfect perch from which to launch strikes or even ground-based attacks. Notice how the Golan front has been pretty quiet since Israel took control of the Heights? It’s not a coincidence. Martin Indyk, in his book about the Clinton administration’s Mideast adventures, quotes Colin Powell as saying that “no military officer would want to give up” the Golan.

And that is the main problem with Kerry’s comments. The best way to maintain peace between Israel and Syria is for Israel to hold the Golan. In addition, because they do not want peace, Syria’s leaders will ensure that any farcical negotiation over the Golan Heights will go nowhere, especially if it is intended to be part of any agreement that brings about the establishment of a Palestinian state. Such a state would be opposed by the Arab states in the region, but perhaps by Syria most of all.

To recap, Kerry wants to: give the Palestinians–with their Iranian-funded weapons–sovereignty in eastern Jerusalem, and persuade Israel to give up its defensible borders and that which has brought it some measure of peace on its Syrian border. John Kerry, opponent of peace in the Middle East.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: assad; cables; colinpowell; golanheights; israel; kerry; middleeast; palestine; powell; statedepartmentdocs; syria; wikileaks; yasserarafat
Kerry could be the greatest friend Israel ever had and he'd still be a treasonous pos as far as I'm concerned.
1 posted on 11/30/2010 2:29:37 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

obama wants this confusion, tower of babel mentality


2 posted on 11/30/2010 2:33:23 PM PST by truthbetold11 (truthbetold11)
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To: smoothsailing

John Kerry ... betraying America and Peace since 1972.


3 posted on 11/30/2010 2:33:36 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: smoothsailing

Treason is as treason does.


4 posted on 11/30/2010 2:33:55 PM PST by MeganC (January 20, 2013)
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To: smoothsailing

It’s time Israel took back Jerusalem and Gaza and the
west bank, declared the borders and Jerusalem her
capital and to hell with the wishes of these cretins!

The Golan, forever Israel!

Not a step BACK.


5 posted on 11/30/2010 2:35:47 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: smoothsailing

John Kerry, the gigolo bum that never worked a day in his life, has always been an ENEMY of the American People.


6 posted on 11/30/2010 2:39:30 PM PST by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: smoothsailing

One good thing about the leaks...

PM on WikiLeaks: ‘Now World Knows what Arabs Say About Iran’

WikiLeaks exposures are a dangerous precedent but have revealed to the world the Arabs’ private fears of the Iranian nuclear threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday.

He added that Israel was not damaged by the leaks, which at worst caused some embarrassment to American officials, who were quoted in diplomatic cables as using negative terms to describe several world leaders.

The documents officially revealed what everyone already knows from “sources” quoted in the media – that the Arab world is frightened of the prospect of a nuclear Iran.

The question now is whether Arab leaders will admit in public what they said through private diplomatic channels, the Prime Minister said. “More and more countries realize that Iran is the central threat… If they start saying it publicly, it can pave the road to peace.”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/140900

Now about the traitor kerry more here...

Kerry to Qatar: Golan must return to Syria

WikiLeaks cable reveals US senator told Qatar leaders that Israel must make tough decision despite Syrian support of Hezbollah. Kerry: East J’lem should be Palestinian capital

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3991853,00.html


7 posted on 11/30/2010 2:39:30 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: MeganC

He served in Viet Nam you know. The VC are quite proud of their greatest fan. Only guy I know who got a purple heart for getting injured by flying rice. (result of an explosion he initiated)


8 posted on 11/30/2010 2:41:22 PM PST by chittlin (chittlin)
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To: FromLori

Charlie don’t sail....


9 posted on 11/30/2010 2:44:16 PM PST by y6162
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To: chittlin

i absolutely despise Obama but Kerry is nipping at his heels. This pompous ass is my Senator and hopefully this will be his last hurrah.


10 posted on 11/30/2010 2:44:30 PM PST by surrey
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To: smoothsailing
John Kerry, opponent of peace in the Middle East.

Most certainly true and has been an anti-American sniveling puke since the Vietnam War and probably before.

11 posted on 11/30/2010 2:48:40 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: smoothsailing

John F’n Kerry is a domestic enemy of the Constitution. Whatever and whoever else he may be an enemy of is irrelevant after that.


12 posted on 11/30/2010 2:51:32 PM PST by backwoods-engineer ("The Constitution is not an instrument for government to restrain the people..." -- Patrick Henry)
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To: smoothsailing

Kerry Lied


Millions Died

13 posted on 11/30/2010 2:51:34 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 678 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: smoothsailing

Kerry has been a traitor to liberty his entire life.


14 posted on 11/30/2010 3:01:49 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: FromLori
Thanks for the links, here's more...

WikiLeaked: John Kerry calls for Israel to cede Golan Heights and East Jerusalem

15 posted on 11/30/2010 3:03:02 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: chittlin
The really damning thing about Kerry´s Vietnam service - in his own words! - is how he took a US combat asset clandestinely out of service when he decided he and his crew needed some boom-boom. He diverted his boat - again, without authorization - up a channel toward Saigon and was effectively AWOL for appx 10 hours.

Suppose a US force element had needed that boat and its weapons knowing that was supposed to be at its station?

Surmising that Kerry was kicked out of the Navy for malfeasance, having been upgraded during that Ford business, if this didn´t have something to do with that it surely should have.

16 posted on 11/30/2010 3:04:04 PM PST by onedoug
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To: smoothsailing
Syria's view of the ME:


17 posted on 11/30/2010 3:19:26 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Actually I think that’s the biblical boarders for Israel as denoted by God.


18 posted on 11/30/2010 3:27:33 PM PST by trapped_in_LA
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To: smoothsailing

“exposes Kerry for the untrustworthy fraud he is”

and has always been, a Kennedy clone sewer trout.


19 posted on 11/30/2010 4:20:24 PM PST by Rumplemeyer
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To: trapped_in_LA

Genesis 15.18 says “from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.” By the “river of Egypt” is supposed to be meant a wadi in the eastern part of the Sinai peninsula (not far to the west of the current Israeli border). I don’t know of any passage that includes Mesopotamia in the land promised to Abraham’s descendants.


20 posted on 11/30/2010 4:33:35 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: trapped_in_LA

Borders


21 posted on 11/30/2010 4:43:08 PM PST by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: smoothsailing
booo...


Yooo Hooo... I'm over HERE!!!
22 posted on 11/30/2010 8:11:58 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Great Stuff! “Yoohoo” is a classic! LOL!


23 posted on 11/30/2010 8:42:06 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
attention whore... first class!!! but i doubt this is the kind he was hoping for
24 posted on 11/30/2010 9:02:47 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Lazamataz; AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks smoothsailing. Laz said that Zero’s behind the whole thing, using wikileaks to knock off his rivals — well, even the loser John Kerry is a rival to Obama.


25 posted on 11/30/2010 9:13:38 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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