Skip to comments.Wikileaks Cables Expose John Kerry as an Enemy of Peace in the Mideast
Posted on 11/30/2010 2:29:34 PM PST by smoothsailing
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-Assads 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 Israels 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 Syrias historical identity. As Assads 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 Arafats 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 Syrias 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, Syrias rivals. In short, Syrias 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.
Kerrys 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 Israels 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? Its not a coincidence. Martin Indyk, in his book about the Clinton administrations 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 Kerrys 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, Syrias 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.
obama wants this confusion, tower of babel mentality
John Kerry ... betraying America and Peace since 1972.
Treason is as treason does.
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.
John Kerry, the gigolo bum that never worked a day in his life, has always been an ENEMY of the American People.
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.”
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
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)
Charlie don’t sail....
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.
Most certainly true and has been an anti-American sniveling puke since the Vietnam War and probably before.
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.
Kerry has been a traitor to liberty his entire life.
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.
Actually I think that’s the biblical boarders for Israel as denoted by God.
“exposes Kerry for the untrustworthy fraud he is”
and has always been, a Kennedy clone sewer trout.
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.
Great Stuff! “Yoohoo” is a classic! LOL!
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.