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Why Kerry Let the Palestinians Make a Fool Out of Him
Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Larry Elder

Posted on 04/10/2014 5:46:27 AM PDT by Kaslin

For reasons perhaps only psychiatrists understand, Democratic presidents seek, at last, finally and forever, to "solve" the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Maybe it's something akin to discovering that ultimate, clean-burning, renewable source of energy. Then when the talks collapse, an inevitability as long as one side refuses to accept Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state, Israel gets blamed.

Secretary of State John Kerry, weeks ago, boldly announced his trip to the Middle East where he would shuttle between the parties, applying his decades of foreign policy experience and skill to at last resolve the conflict. Then came the reality check. "There are limits to the amount of time the president and myself can put into this," said the exhausted and frustrated Kerry, "considering the other challenges around the world, especially if the parties can't commit to being there in a serious way." A recent Times of Israel headline said: "Kerry Focuses Blame On Israel For Collapse Of Talks."

And it all began with such promise.

Presidential candidate Obama sympathized with the Palestinians. He said, "Nobody's suffering more than the Palestinian people." Obama considered Israeli "intransigence" the real obstacle to a two-state solution -- as opposed to the fear of a bordering Palestinian terror state full of suicide bombers committed to Israel's destruction.

Vice President Joe Biden set the tone early. He publicly condemned Israel's construction of so-called "settlements" -- and pointedly showed up 90 minutes late to a dinner hosted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Two weeks later, Obama delivered another diplomatic face slap to the visiting Netanyahu by abruptly interrupting their White House meeting for over an hour. Obama told the PM that he was leaving to have dinner with "Michelle and the girls."

Obama, and before him Presidents Carter and Clinton, convinced themselves that the road -- to not just Middle East peace but worldwide peace itself -- goes through Jerusalem. To this end, they believe that Israeli "settlements," not Palestinian homicide bombers, pose the true "obstacle to peace."

Polls do indeed say Palestinians just want a state called Palestine. Trouble is, they define a "return to historic Palestine" as a state that runs from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea -- leaving zero room for Israel, let alone an Israel recognized as a Jewish state.

In the waning days of his administration, President Bill Clinton pulled out all the stops to "resolve" this dispute -- once and for all. U.S. envoy Dennis Ross, who ably served under both Republican and Democratic presidents, said that negotiations ended with PLO leader Yasser Arafat getting the best deal ever offered: an independent Palestinian state that included all of Gaza and almost all of the West Bank, an unlimited "right of return" to the new state for Palestinian refugees, a capital in Arab East Jerusalem and a recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. This deal would mean, of course, that conflict would be over.

Arafat walked away.

An exasperated Ross explained: "Arafat is a revolutionary by nature, basically socialized in the 1950s and '60s, a product of that era, someone who has defined himself by the cause, someone who has defined himself by struggle, someone who has defined himself by conflict. ... For him to end the conflict meant he had to give up his claims, he had to give up his grievance. ... Arafat has never done anything irrevocable in his life. And I think the concept that governs him is, live by the moment, never foreclose an option, never close the door. We asked him to close the door. ... And the fact is, I believe that he couldn't make the transition from revolutionary to statesman."

Arafat died almost four years later, leaving behind a reported net worth between $300 million and $3 billion. Maybe Arafat feared if the conflict ended, he wouldn't find an equally lucrative line of work. Or maybe Arafat knew that after a lifetime of brainwashing the Palestinians about their "plight," the vileness of the Israelis and the righteousness of their cause, he couldn't sell (SET ITAL) any (END ITAL) deal that leaves Israel standing as a Jewish state.

Perhaps we can trace this I-can-solve-the-Middle-East-problem-even-though-you-tried-and-couldn't to former President Jimmy Carter, who offensively referred to Israel's treatment of the "occupied territories" as "apartheid." Apartheid restrictions in South Africa kept the majority -- black Africans -- both legally and militarily oppressed. Israelis erected barriers to keep homicide bombers out. Kind of different.

Inside Israel, Arab Israelis -- about 21 percent of the citizenry -- enjoy the same rights as any other Israeli, including the right to vote and the right to run for election to the Knesset, where 17 of its 120 members are Arab. Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages. There is an Israeli Arab on the Supreme Court. Last year's Miss Israel was an Ethiopian Jew.

Yet the Palestinians are certainly winning the PR battle. A 2003 European poll of 15 countries named Israel the biggest "threat to peace in the world" -- ahead of Iran and North Korea! Welcome to the Middle East, Secretary Kerry. Meanwhile, Mr. Secretary, Iran is off the headlines and steaming ahead with their plans for a nuke.

Oh, that.


TOPICS: Editorial; Israel
KEYWORDS: johnwhowasinnamkerry; paletine

1 posted on 04/10/2014 5:46:27 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

In all honesty. Kerry never needs anyone else to make a fool out of him.


2 posted on 04/10/2014 5:47:43 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Kaslin

Stoopid is as stoopid does.


3 posted on 04/10/2014 5:50:13 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: Kaslin
It's not a complicated problem. Have troops start loading Palis into Greyhound buses, drive them to Damascus, and drop them off.

Lather, rinse, repeat until there aren't any more Palis in any disputed territory.

(Hey, I said it was simple... I didn't say it was easy.)

4 posted on 04/10/2014 5:54:05 AM PDT by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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To: dforest
every time I hear this guys name I get 2 images:

1 peeping out from behind the curtain after being introduced at the dnc I think it was.

2 wearing that ridiculous space suit at NASA...........................what a mook.

5 posted on 04/10/2014 5:54:35 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: Kaslin
Because John Kerry is a fool!
6 posted on 04/10/2014 5:54:50 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Kaslin

The muzzies didn’t make a fool of Kerry

Kerry has been a fool his entire public life.

They just created another opportunity for the world to see that he is just as big a fool as he ever was.


7 posted on 04/10/2014 5:54:59 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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To: V_TWIN

LOL! I still laugh when I remember him on that boat heading into the 2004 Dem Convention.

He gets off the boat and says “John Kerry, reporting for Doody” LMAO what a foppish clown that guy is.


8 posted on 04/10/2014 5:58:42 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Kaslin
Vice President Joe Biden set the tone early. He publicly condemned Israel's construction of so-called "settlements" -- and pointedly showed up 90 minutes late to a dinner hosted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Two weeks later, Obama delivered another diplomatic face slap to the visiting Netanyahu by abruptly interrupting their White House meeting for over an hour. Obama told the PM that he was leaving to have dinner with "Michelle and the girls."

Obama, and before him Presidents Carter and Clinton, convinced themselves that the road -- to not just Middle East peace but worldwide peace itself -- goes through Jerusalem. To this end, they believe that Israeli "settlements," not Palestinian homicide bombers, pose the true "obstacle to peace."

Larry Elder's discovered the way for decent people to fight back: tell the truth about liars and fools in the democrat party. It's the only chance we've got... thanks Larry Elder... And yeah, Kerry and Carter don't need help looking like fools but I suspect the core of their problem is worse than just being idiots.

9 posted on 04/10/2014 5:59:10 AM PDT by GOPJ (When fascism comes it will come..with promises of a better world.The jackboots come later..-Shapiro)
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To: Kaslin

Fool is his default setting.


10 posted on 04/10/2014 6:08:08 AM PDT by xp38
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To: Kaslin

The Palis live for the conflict, they are nothing without it and ungovernable.


11 posted on 04/10/2014 6:12:45 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Kaslin

It’s not let.

Any being with an IQ greater than a slime mold could make a fool of lurch.

He does have the distinction of reversing gender rolls, however.

Unlike Pelosi, Boxer, the Hillabeast, et al....who boinked rich guys to buy their way into becoming loathsome congresscritters (instead of being just plain loathsome critters)...Captain Gigolo boinked rich idiotesses in order to become one of the most loathsome congresscritters of all.

Congrats, dems, you have almost single-handedly destroyed any respect for congress (not that there ever was).

And hopefully, you’ll be around to reap the results following CW-II.

The guillotine awaits.


12 posted on 04/10/2014 6:15:37 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Kaslin
Kerry's Mideast solution?


13 posted on 04/10/2014 6:29:24 AM PDT by bill1952 (taxes don't hurt the rich, they keep YOU from becoming rich.)
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14 posted on 04/10/2014 6:33:39 AM PDT by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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To: Kaslin
Why Kerry Let the Palestinians Make a Fool Out of Him

A misstatement: Assuming they made a fool out of lurch works from the assumption he wasn't already a fool....something everyone here knows to have always been the case!!!!!

15 posted on 04/10/2014 6:35:50 AM PDT by ontap
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To: headstamp 2
The Palis live for the conflict, they are nothing without it and ungovernable.

Normally I discount such wide ranging statements, but there is more than a small amount of truth to it.

This is from June 1970 and those punks are the leaders of the Palestinians today.

16 posted on 04/10/2014 6:37:45 AM PDT by bill1952 (taxes don't hurt the rich, they keep YOU from becoming rich.)
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To: Kaslin

“Why Kerry Let the Palestinians Make a Fool Out of Him”

REALLY! I din’t think it needed to be splained.


17 posted on 04/10/2014 6:45:41 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: bill1952
Wait! I see the problem!

Kerry is not wearing his super-secret-CIA-hat he received from the dying hands, cough-cough, of a Special Green Delta Beret Forces Navy Seal CIA guy.

I also detect an uncanny resemblance between......

And


18 posted on 04/10/2014 6:47:14 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: Kaslin

Kerry fails the Global Test.


19 posted on 04/10/2014 6:48:20 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Kaslin
For reasons perhaps only psychiatrists understand, Democratic presidents seek, at last, finally and forever, to "solve" the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

If I never hear "peace process" again it would be too soon.

20 posted on 04/10/2014 7:17:28 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: dfwgator

That is why the Palestinians let him make a fool of him self, as the title says


21 posted on 04/10/2014 7:21:14 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
"Why Kerry Let the Palestinians Make a Fool Out of Him?"

Because he is an elitist who has no idea how the real world works. Just more proof the money doesn’t make you smart and that you can't buy off everyone principals.

22 posted on 04/10/2014 7:30:02 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: 2001convSVT

BTTT


23 posted on 04/10/2014 7:34:50 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

You can’t make a fool out of someone who isn’t to
begin with.

Kerry....fool.
Obama....fool.
Half the American people....fools.


24 posted on 04/10/2014 7:41:00 AM PDT 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: Kaslin

How does one make a fool of a fool?


25 posted on 04/10/2014 7:42:16 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Kaslin
Why Kerry Let the Palestinians Make a Fool Out of Him

Oh; this happened LONG before Palestine!!

26 posted on 04/10/2014 7:59:41 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: GOPJ
And yeah, Kerry and Carter don't need help looking like fools but I suspect the core of their problem is worse than just being idiots.

All we need to do if follow the well laundered and convoluted campaign finance trail back to the Arab capitols.

27 posted on 04/10/2014 8:14:38 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: Kaslin

Making a fool out of John Kerry is a redundant exercise. He’s already a fool.


28 posted on 04/10/2014 8:44:00 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Freedom isn't free; nor is it easy. END ALL TOTALITARIAN ACTIVITY NOW.)
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To: BuffaloJack

You said it.


29 posted on 04/10/2014 8:53:33 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Oberon
When I went to Israel back in 2011 (tour of Israel) that was a question I asked one of our tour guides, a big fat Catholic Arab Palestinian--how do the Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Israelis deal.

He said, and the tour bore it out, that there just AREN'T enough Jewish Israelis in Israel to do all the work there is to do.
May Jewish Israelis did NOT want to wash toilets or do farming, SO they hired Palestinian Arab Israelis to do the work that THEY did not want to do.
Apparently the system works as people, being people, work together, out of necessity and discover that the "others" aren't as heinous as previously thought.

Perhaps no friendships ever involve and possibly no respect ever emerges but there was/is a realization that co-existence, without mortar and rockets hanging over Muslim heads, CAN happen.
And yes, I did ask the question: isn't the threat of guns and rockets the ONLY reason is works? They all said that threats work only in the short term and threats, though seemingly a "nice warm fuzzy" for some of the Jewish settlers, considered to be the most radical Israelis, are not much of a long-term solution. The better solution is to treat the Palestinian Israelis decently and make THAT stick.

The Jewish settlements were positioned so as to force every Palestinian to drive through Jewish check-point after Jewish check-point to get from home to work. Everyone is used to that by now and whatever animosity if felt by EITHER side, the system works because it's better than civil war. EVERYONE loses in a civil war. There are NO winners even though it may make SOME people happy. BOTH sides over there seem content with the system. I'm not so sure about the folks here.
It's a better life for everyone, I was told by all involved.

Jerusalem, however, was almost all Jewish Israelis--understandable of course. But the Dome of the Rock is treated with respect because respecting other faiths is a hallmark of a civilized nation.

These are also many of the quotes from the Jewish Israeli guides that we met. They were the guides that OUR guide met, knew and dealt with for decades.

30 posted on 04/10/2014 9:55:57 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: fella
....follow the well laundered and convoluted campaign finance trail back to the Arab capitols.

I suspect we can add the Clinton's to this list... and maybe a lot of the other democrats.

31 posted on 04/10/2014 11:38:16 AM PDT by GOPJ (When fascism comes it will come..with promises of a better world.The jackboots come later..-Shapiro)
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To: SJackson

To the headline: JFKerry, his mother, his college professors, and his sicophants made a fool out of him long before he ever met with Abbas.


32 posted on 04/13/2014 3:57:06 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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