Skip to comments.Kerry Tells Senate Committee Israel Busted Peace Talks-opens mouth, makes things worse
Posted on 04/09/2014 10:14:50 AM PDT by SJackson
Every time Kerry opens his mouth about his Peace Talks Follies, he only makes things worse, especially for himself.
Israels announcement last week of new homes for a southern Jerusalem neighborhood in an area claimed by the Palestinian Authority was the trigger that caused the blow-up in the American-led effort to extend peace talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told a Senate committee Tuesday.
He told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that after Israel refused to release a fourth batch of terrorists, and then followed that decision with the housing tender in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem, poof, that was sort of the moment, Kerry said. We find ourselves where we are.
Just like that, with a snap of the fingers, after eight months of charades in which the Palestinian Authority and Israel made no headway, in which Israel demanded that Mahmoud Abbas declare that Israel is a Jewish State, in which Abbas continued to negotiate not to negotiate, it went poof?
Kerry is the same man who a few days said its time for a reality check.
After his poof puff, Republican Sen John McCain of Arizona told Kerry that concerning the peace process, It is stopped. Recognize reality!
But Kerry cant. When Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said a couple of months that Kerry is obsessive with the peace process and is messianic, he was 100 percent on the money.
Only a few days ago, after the poof, Kerry said he wanted to focus on rescuing his pet nightmare rather than try to blame one side or the other.
Look, to be clear, over the last 24 hours, there have been unhelpful actions taken on both sides here, and we didnt think it was a productive time for the secretary to return to the region, U.S. State Dept. spokeswoman Marie Harf said. But were not playing the blame game.
That was five days ago.
Since then, Abbas has insisted there is no turning back the clock. He will go through with his requests to join 15 U.N.-related agencies. He justified the action, a violation of the rules of the game Kerry laid down eight months ago, by charging that Israel reneged on a promise to release the fourth batch of terrorists.
The real cause of the poof that blew up Kerrys Peace Talks Follies was his dangling the release of Jonathan Pollard as bait to get Israel to agree to Abbas terms for releasing more terrorists That is what poofed the Arabs, who were enraged at the idea of Pollard going free while arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti remains in jail..
The media parrots have forgotten all about that because it is more convenient to blame someone else, and guess who?
It no longer makes any difference what the facts are.
What matters is what they are perceived to be. So you can leave aside the fact that Israel and the Palestinian Authority were unable to agree on which terrorists to release.
And you can leave aside the fact that Israel made it clear, before poof, that any limited and unofficial building freeze, as part of a deal to extend peace talks, would not include Jerusalem.
Housing Minister Uri Ariels announcement of the new homes was the official stamp of that policy.
Kerry is desperate, and Abbas knows it.
That is why five days after he said he does not want to blame either side, he told the Senate hearing that, yes, the Palestinian Authority took an unhelpful action by its latest ploy for attention in the United Nations, but it was Israel that poofed his peace talks.
Spokeswoman Harf tried to cover up her bosss diplomatic faux pas at the Senate hearing.
Both sides took ineffective steps. Kerry is not playing the blame game, she told reporters at the daily media question and answer session.
Too late, Marie.
Kerry has again exposed his bias, which, by the way, the Arabs insist is in favor of Israel.
On the Israeli side, even the peace process-loving Israeli media cant stand up for Kerry any more.
So if the Arabs think Kerry is biased for Israel, and Israel thinks Kerry is biased for the Arabs, what is Kerrys role in the region?
Poof, and hes gone.
so the PLA’s recent vote covered last week changing the terms and conditions of the deal had no effect? It was Israels fault.
OMG! Listening to this pos drone on and on is almost as bad as fauxbama drone on and on. Nails on a chalkboard!!!! That’s why I don’t listen to them. Even if some “talking head” is using a clip from them to accentuate their stupidity, I gotta turn it off.
Anyone else see Kerry starting to crack under the literally world wide dismissals he is getting? I think he will resign this year at this rate.
American foreign policy under Sec of State Clinton was amateur hour for a globe trotting dilettante tourist.
Under Sec of State Kerry our foreign policy has devolved to a freak show
Lurch was never intended to be more than an insult to Israel, and he is doing his job well.
Kerry needs to go to Kyiv. I am sure he can spread some more chaos.
Kerry is the perfect Sec State for Obama. Obama is incompetent and oblivious and Kerry is incompetent and oblivious. Unfortunately, the country is paying the price.
Under THIS president and THIS administration “American led” means do what the Palestinians want and STFU.....
I guess he really is a poofter after all.