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  • US officials: Even if Israel doesn't like it, Palestinians will get state

    05/04/2014 10:47:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 5/3/14 | staff
    American officials directly involved in the failed Israeli-Palestinian peace process over the last nine months gave a leading Israeli columnist a withering assessment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the negotiations, indicated that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has completely given up on the prospect of a negotiated solution, and warned Israel that the Palestinians will achieve statehood come what may — either via international organizations or through violence. Speaking on condition of anonymity to Nahum Barnea, a prominent columnist from Israel’s best-selling daily Yedioth Aharonoth, the officials highlighted Netanyahu’s ongoing settlement construction as the issue “largely to blame”...
  • ANOTHER NEW LOW FOR JOHN KERRY: "We need another intifada" to force Israel to surrender its

    And you thought John Kerry had already hit rock bottom, n'est ce pas? In anonymous briefing to top columnist, members of Kerry’s team slam Netanyahu, empathize with Abbas, warn Palestine will rise ‘whether through violence or via int’l organizations’ American officials directly involved in the failed Israeli-Palestinian peace process over the last nine months gave a leading Israeli columnist a withering assessment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the negotiations, indicated that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has completely given up on the prospect of a negotiated solution, and warned Israel that the Palestinians will achieve statehood come...
  • Benghazi: State Dept. Criticizes Issa for Subpoenaing Kerry Rather Than ‘Reaching Out’

    05/05/2014 7:01:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/5/14 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – A State Department spokeswoman criticized a congressional panel for issuing a subpoena Friday for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify on the Benghazi affair on May 21, saying if the committee had “reached out” instead it would have known that Kerry would be out of the country on that day. “It’s highly unusual for a subpoena to be issued before there’s even an official invitation for testimony. I think everyone can make their own judgments about that,” Marie Harf said of the move by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). Harf said...
  • Damn Right I Taped Kerry’s ‘Apartheid’ Talk

    05/03/2014 8:50:11 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 2 ,2014 | Josh Rogin
    And if I had to do it all over again, I’d do it in the exact same way. If a reporter agrees that a conversation or event is off-the-record, then of course he cannot print what was said during that interchange. But the unwritten rule—the one that directly applies here—is that if a reporter enters an off-the-record event uninvited and has not agreed to the off-the-record terms, he is free to report what happens inside that event. It’s the responsibility of the event organizers to keep reporters from entering events without invitations. As long as the reporter does not misrepresent...
  • Elijah Cummings: 'Shockingly disrespectful' to subpoena John Kerry about Benghazi

    05/02/2014 11:56:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 2, 2014 | BY JOEL GEHRKE
    ... Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., denounced the subpoena of Kerry as "shockingly disrespectful," protesting that Kerry should have been given more time to prepare and that committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., should have followed a more formal process for issuing the subpoena. “These actions are not a responsible approach to congressional oversight, they continue a trend of generating unnecessary conflict for the sake of publicity, and they are shockingly disrespectful to the Secretary of State,” Cummings, the top Democrat on the oversight panel, said in response to the subpoena.
  • State Dept. Targets ‘Extremist Jewish’ Settlers in Terrorism Report

    05/02/2014 7:27:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 2, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - State Dept. Targets ‘Extremist Jewish’ Settlers in Terrorism ReportPosted By Joseph Klein On May 2, 2014 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments The U.S. State Department has just released its 2013 report on terrorism around the globe, including a whole section devoted to “Israel, West Bank, and Gaza” as part of a broader chapter on the Middle East and North Africa. Coming on the heels of Secretary of State John Kerry’s despicable claim that Israel could turn into an apartheid state, his State Department’s report treated random criminal acts, mostly vandalism,...
  • Kerry: Hamas-Fatah Pact Was Unexpected

    05/02/2014 12:38:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 5/2/2014, 3:14 AM | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry admitted on Thursday that the unity deal between Fatah and Hamas had been unexpected. Speaking in Ethiopia, where he said it was time for the United States to take a “pause” in Israeli-Palestinian Authority (PA) peace talks, Kerry said that the deal announced last week took the U.S. by surprise, according to The Associated Press (AP). That deal, he noted, “came as a complete and total unannounced event, without any heads-up, so to speak, at the moment of important negotiations.” …
  • Issa Subpoenas Kerry To Testify On Benghazi

    05/02/2014 8:44:16 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/2/14 | Matthew Boyl
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is issuing a subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify before the committee May 21 about Benghazi, Issa announced Friday. The move comes in the wake of new, "smoking gun" emails that show top White House officials working to craft a narrative that the attack was the result of a YouTube video and "not a broader failure of policy." Republicans have expressed outrage that the documents were not provided earlier under subpoenas for them, but were instead revealed via a Freedom Of Information Request lawsuit by the conservative non-profit group Judicial Watch....
  • Rashid Khalidi’s False Narrative of Israeli History

    05/01/2014 5:34:20 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Andrew Harrod | Andrew Harrod
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Rashid Khalidi’s False Narrative of Israeli HistoryPosted By Andrew Harrod On May 1, 2014 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Palestinian-American Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi addressed America’s role in the Arab-Israeli peace process on April 17, 2014, at Washington, DC’s Jerusalem Fund, a pro-Palestinian think tank.  Describing Israel’s “entirely false narrative” into which “we have all been brainwashed,” Khalidi revealed his own myopia before an audience of about forty mostly likeminded, middle-aged people.John Halaka’s “Portraits of Denial and Despair” photo exhibit currently displayed in Jerusalem Fund hallways set a worrying...
  • John Kerry, under fire

    04/30/2014 3:02:45 PM PDT · by shove_it · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 29 Apr 2014 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    Name one high-profile issue that’s going well right now for Secretary of State John Kerry. Russian troops are still sitting on the Ukrainian border, and Russian-backed militants haven’t backed off inside the country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is still taking Kerry’s calls, but not seeming to care much about what’s being said. Syrian President Bashar Assad announced Monday he’s running for re-election, unopposed, eight months after firing nerve gas over President Barack Obama’s red line. Kerry’s attempted peace process reboot between the Israelis and Palestinians has stalled out. And then, “apartheid” — what the future could hold for Israel...
  • Idiot John Kerry’s ‘apartheid’ comment backfires

    04/30/2014 8:30:13 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | 04/29/2014 | John Podhoretz
    John Kerry has never been so insulted in his life! Oy, the insult! How dare anyone imagine that his reference to Israel as an “apartheid state” in the making might suggest he is anything but entirely supportive of the Jewish state! Look, he says it wasn’t “helpful” that he said it, and that he wishes he could rewind the tape and not say it. But you better not think he meant anything by it! You just better not, or else! “I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes,” he said...
  • Mark Levin Show,M-F,6PM-9PM,EDT,WABC AM,April 29,2014

    04/29/2014 2:23:19 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | April 29, 2014 | Mark Levin
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  • Kerry: U.S. Taped Moscow’s Calls to Its Ukraine Spies

    04/29/2014 5:18:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04.29.14 | Josh Rogin
    The secretary of state claimed in a private meeting that the U.S. intelligence community has recordings of pro-Russian forces being managed by government handlers in Moscow. The United States has proof that the Russian government in Moscow is running a network of spies inside eastern Ukraine because the U.S. government has recordings of their conversations, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a closed-door meeting Friday.
  • Which Idiot Crackpot is More Dangerous?

    04/29/2014 12:52:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I've been wondering here, folks, whose comments are more idiotic?  And whose comments, in fact, are not only just more idiotic, but more dangerous: Donald Sterling's or John Kerry's?  We mentioned what Kerry said about Israel becoming an apartheid state. It turns out that that was a private meeting, and some reporter from The Daily Beast got past all the security at the Trilateral Commission -- whoa -- and recorded it, and now they're all apoplectic.  It a private comment to the conspirators at the trilateral commission.  The world wasn't supposed to hear that.  Yes, it was. ...
  • John Kerry’s Jewish Best Friends

    04/29/2014 8:57:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    Anti-Semitism is not a simple bigotry. It is a complex neurosis. It involves assigning malign intent to Jews where none exists on the one hand, and rejecting reason as a basis for understanding the world and operating within it on the other hand. John Kerry’s recent use of the term “Apartheid” in reference to Israel’s future was an anti-Semitic act. In remarks before the Trilateral Commission a few days after PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas signed a unity deal with the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups, Kerry said that if Israel doesn’t cut a deal with the Palestinians soon, it...
  • Ted Cruz: John Kerry Should Resign Over Israel 'Apartheid' Comment

    04/28/2014 3:54:11 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 20 replies
    national journal online ^ | 4/28/14 | Elahi Izadi
    Sen. Ted Cruz wants Secretary of State John Kerry to resign over his comment that without a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel risks becoming an "apartheid state." The Texas Republican, who's possibly running for president in 2016, took to the Senate floor Monday to call for Kerry to step down.
  • Cruz Calls on Kerry to Resign After ‘Apartheid’ Remark

    04/28/2014 3:19:15 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 30 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4-28-2014 | Adam Kredo
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) demanded on the Senate floor Monday that Secretary of State John Kerry resign from his post following highly controversial remarks about the state of Israel. Kerry came under fire from lawmakers and a variety of pro-Israel organizations after he told world leaders in a closed door meeting that Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state” if it fails to reach peace with the Palestinians. Israel cut off peace talks late last week after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas formed a unity government with the terror group Hamas, which announced that it would not renounce violence or recognize...
  • Ted Cruz: John Kerry should step down

    04/28/2014 3:08:03 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    politico.com ^ | 4/28/14 | Burgess Everett
    Sen. Ted Cruz called for the resignation of Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday afternoon, criticizing Kerry for reportedly telling world leaders that he fears Israel could become an “apartheid state.” The secretary said in a closed door meeting last week that Israel might transform into an “apartheid state” without a two-state solution to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine, according to the Daily Beast. The Texas GOP senator said he read Kerry’s comments with “great sadness” but that those type of remarks are precisely why he voted against the former Massachusetts senator’s nomination last year. “I was...
  • State Department Cites Daily Kos, Think Progress While Defending Kerry Apartheid Statement

    04/28/2014 2:41:26 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 15 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/28/14 | Aurelius
    In one of the clearest statements by the White House that they are completely engulfed in their own worldview, the State Department on Sunday cited both Daily Kos and Think Progress while defending Secretary of State John Kerry's offensive apartheid statement. This previous Friday, Mr. Kerry stated that Israel risked becoming an "apartheid state" if they did not give in to Palestinian demands during peach talks between the two groups. The State Department quickly went on defense to protect the asinine statements. Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the State Department, tweeted out two articles in which other people had warned that...
  • Kerry: If Talks Fail, Israel Could Become an Apartheid State

    04/27/2014 11:24:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    INN ^ | 4/28/2014, 4:15 AM | Elad Benari
    In what may be a sign of his frustration over the failure of his peace efforts, The Daily Beast revealed on Sunday that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that if Israel doesn’t make peace soon, it could become “an apartheid state,” like the old South Africa. […] According to the report, Kerry’s use of the loaded term is already rankling Jewish leaders in America. The “apartheid” comment wasn’t the only controversial comment on the Middle East that Kerry made during his remarks to the Trilateral Commission, according to The Daily Beast. The website further reported that Kerry...
  • John Kerry Just Gave Russia A Final Warning

    04/24/2014 4:01:20 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 56 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 4 24 14 | BRETT LOGIURATO
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry provided Russia with a stern warning Thursday evening — start complying with the de-escalation agreement brokered last week in Geneva, or face the wrath of new U.S. sanctions. Kerry delivered a terse statement from the State Department's briefing room late Thursday, during which he blasted Russia for not taking a "single step in the right direction" toward de-escalation. He criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for what he called outlandish claims that the Internet is a "CIA plot."
  • How Obama’s White House Lost Ukraine in a Few Stupid Steps

    04/21/2014 10:05:06 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4-22-2014 | Patrick Smith
    No one wants to say so, but the Obama administration has backed the wrong horse in Ukraine, and the misguided wager is a big loss. It is hardly the president’s first failure on the foreign side, but it may prove the costliest of his many to date. For a while it was possible to pretend, just barely, that supporting the coup against Viktor Yanukovych, the elected president hounded into exile in February, would prove a sound judgment. Obama always came across as a welterweight in the ring with Vladimir Putin, simply not up to the Russian leader’s command of all...
  • Kerry: Our Goal is Not Eliminating Iranian Nuclear Capability

    04/16/2014 5:34:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 36 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - Kerry: Our Goal is Not Eliminating Iranian Nuclear CapabilityPosted By Daniel Greenfield On April 15, 2014 @ 7:30 pm In The Point | No Comments Sometimes a choice of words can be extremely revealing. That was the case with Kerry’s contentious testimony in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.Under pressure, Kerry tends to slip and say revealing things. That was how the infamous, “for it and against it” clip was born. Kerry dismissed breakout as “just having one bomb’s worth, conceivably, of material, but without any necessary capacity to put it in anything,...
  • Kerry ‘betrayed and surprised’ by McCain onslaught

    04/09/2014 11:16:06 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 15 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | Olivier Knox
    Secretary of State John Kerry felt “betrayed and surprised” by Republican Sen. John McCain’s withering and highly personal criticisms at a congressional hearing, a senior administration official told Yahoo News on Wednesday. Kerry “felt betrayed and surprised to see McCain so angrily rooting for failure against one of the most internationalist members of the administration,” said the official, who is close to the secretary and requested anonymity to speak candidly about the top diplomat’s reaction. The key word there might be “internationalist.” Republicans long openly contemptuous of President Barack Obama’s cautious handling of world affairs — “leading from behind,” as...
  • Kerry: Administration’s Foreign Policy Not ‘Spinning Out of Control’

    04/09/2014 9:23:09 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | April 8,2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    Secretary of State John Kerry took exception Tuesday to an assertion by a Republican senator that the Obama administration’s foreign policy is “spinning out of control,” declaring that “that’s just not true.” “You can’t help but get the impression our foreign policy is just spinning out of control,” Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) said during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the State Department budget. “And we are losing control in virtually every area that we are trying to do something in.” Risch cited developments in Russia, Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations – but focused...
  • NATO suspends civilian, military cooperation with Russia

    04/01/2014 10:14:08 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 49 replies
    Fox ^ | 4-1-2014 | AP
    NATO's foreign ministers ordered an end to civilian and military cooperation with Russia on Tuesday and told their generals and admirals to quickly figure out ways to better protect alliance members that feel threatened by Vladimir Putin's Kremlin. The 28-member alliance, the keystone of U.S. and European security since the end of World War II, was reacting to its most serious crisis in years: Russia's unilateral annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, which the U.S. and its allies have condemned as an illegal land grab. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the other ministers, meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels...
  • Lindsey Graham offers to ‘help’ Kerry deal with Boehner on Ukraine

    03/17/2014 5:19:50 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 13, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was caught Thursday on a live microphone offering to help the Obama administration pressure Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) into supporting the Senate’s aid legislation for Ukraine. According to multiple reports, Graham, who is facing a tough reelection race this year, was caught on a live microphone after a hearing telling Secretary of State John Kerry, “Let me know what I can do to help you with Boehner.”
  • Talks in London between Kerry and Lavrov end with impasse on Ukraine

    03/14/2014 11:24:10 AM PDT · by Errant · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 14 March 2014 | Anne Gearan and Kathy Lally
    Talks between U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov over the crisis in Ukraine reached an apparent impasse Friday, with Lavrov indicating afterward that the two had reached no “common vision” and Kerry saying that Moscow is determined to let a Crimean secession vote go ahead. Kerry told reporters that after six hours of talks with Lavrov, “the foreign minister made it clear that President [Vladimir] Putin is not prepared to make any decision regarding Ukraine until after the referendum on Sunday.” He referred to a Crimean vote on independence, which Crimean officials have...
  • Kerry Warns of 'Serious' Consequences If Referendum Proceeds

    03/13/2014 10:42:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 13, 2014 | by Andrea Mitchell
    Secretary of State John Kerry warned the U.S. and its allies will pursue a "serious series of steps" against Russia if a referendum on Crimea's status goes forward as planned this weekend. --SNIP-- The secretary also said the European community will meet on Monday, and that Obama had indicated he has a strong list of sanctions at the ready in the event that diplomacy doesn't break the stalemate over Ukraine and the Russian incursion into Crimea.
  • Kerry: 'It's a Mistake' to for Israel to Demand a Jewish State

    03/13/2014 1:08:31 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/13/14 | Joel Pollack
    Secretary of State John Kerry told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday afternoon that it is a "mistake" for people to raise the issue of whether Palestinians would agree to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. The Israeli government has insisted that Palestinians do so as part of an agreement, while Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the nations of the Arab League have all rejected Israel's demand. "I think it's a mistake for some people to be raising it again and again as the decider," Kerry said, when asked to clarify the official position of the Obama...
  • Putin Dismisses U.S. Proposal on Ukraine (decision led Mr. Kerry to put off a Russian invitation)

    03/10/2014 5:04:14 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies
    <p>Russian President Vladimir Putin has apparently rejected a U.S. proposal to resolve the dispute over Ukraine that had been put forward by Secretary of State John Kerry over the past week, according to senior Russian and U.S. officials.</p> <p>Mr. Putin's decision led Mr. Kerry to put off a Russian invitation to meet Mr. Putin in Russia, as early as the beginning of this week in Sochi, to discuss the Ukraine crisis, according to these officials.</p>
  • U.S.: No Need for PA to Recognize Israel

    03/08/2014 7:09:08 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 39 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 3/9/2014 | Elad Benari
    The United States believes there is no need for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as part of a peace agreement, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday. Psaki, who spoke to the PA-based Arabic-language Al-Quds newspaper, said, “The American position is clear, Israel is a Jewish state. However, we do not see a need that both sides recognize this position as part of the final agreement.” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been adamant on the PA recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, explaining that the Arabs’ refusal to recognize Israel stands at the heart...
  • Ukraine standoff intensifies, Russia says sanctions will 'boomerang'

    03/07/2014 2:21:49 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 52 replies
    reuters ^ | March 7, 2014 | BY STEVE GUTTERMAN AND ANDREW OSBORN
    (Reuters) - Russia said any U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States and that Crimea has the right to self-determination as armed men tried to seize another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula. In a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned against "hasty and reckless steps" that could harm Russian-American relations, the foreign ministry said on Friday. "Sanctions...would inevitably hit the United States like a boomerang," it added.
  • Russia snubs Kerry at Ukraine meeting

    03/05/2014 8:01:20 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    The Hill | March 5, 2014 | Julian Pecquet
    Russia on Wednesday turned down Secretary of State John Kerry's invitation to an emergency meeting on Ukraine, further adding to the growing tensions between Moscow and Washington. Kerry hosted the meeting in Paris with the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Great Britain, which signed a 1994 treaty along with the U.S. and Russia guaranteeing Ukraine's territorial integrity if it gave up its nuclear arsenal. The three countries on Wednesday slammed Russia's “continued violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” which they said would “only degrade Russia’s international standing and lead to greater political and economic consequences.” “We deeply regret that...
  • Kerry condemns Russian moves in Crimea while Putin stays defiant

    03/04/2014 9:27:31 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 82 replies
    CNN ^ | March 4, 2014 | By Laura Smith-Spark. Diana Magnay and Phil Black
    Simferopol, Ukraine (CNN) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia of making up reasons for intervention in Ukraine, saying Tuesday that "not a single piece of credible evidence supports any one of these claims." "Russia has talked about Russian-speaking citizens being under siege. They're not," he said while on a visit to Kiev. He condemned what he called Russia's aggression in Crimea and urged the country to withdraw its troops. "We would like to see this de-escalated. We're not looking for some major confrontation," he said, while still promising sanctions on Russia if it refuses to step back....
  • Abbas ‘exploded with rage’ at Kerry over ‘insane’ framework proposals

    02/27/2014 12:51:01 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 40 replies
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas left a two-day meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris last week fuming over Kerry’s proposals for a framework accord between Israel and the Palestinians, according to a Palestinian report. The top American diplomat reportedly offered for Abbas to form a Palestinian capital in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina, not all of East Jerusalem, as the Palestinians have demanded. Kerry also suggested that Israel keep 10 settlement blocs as part of any territorial exchange, according to Al Quds, the most widely read Palestinian daily, on Wednesday. The Jordan Valley would not be...
  • Kerry Lands in Kiev Bearing $1 Billion in Aid

    03/04/2014 8:46:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    ABC ^ | 3/4/14
    ...Kerry touched down in Kiev today to show American support for the country's newly minted leaders - the same leaders Russian President Vladimir Putin called "definitely not legitimate"...
  • Kerry: Peace Isn't About Me, It's About You; Israel’s security "is our first priority,"

    03/03/2014 7:04:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    inn ^ | 3/3/14 | Ari Soffer and Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday reaffirmed America’s friendship with Israel and its commitment to the Jewish state’s security. Kerry, who spoke at the AIPAC conference in Washington, said that his peace efforts were “not about him” but were about the “dreams of Israelis” and the “dignity of Palestinians.” “People ask me why am I so committed to these negotiations and why am I convinced that peace is possible,” he said, adding, that it was wrong to ask him why he visits the region so much. “This isn’t about me,” said Kerry, adding that his peace efforts were...
  • Kerry to Meet With Ukrainian Officials in Kiev [Lurch to the Rescue!]

    03/02/2014 2:01:43 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 51 replies
    ABC ^ | 3.2.14 | Julie Pace
    A senior administration official says Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev Tuesday to meet with government officials.
  • Kerry: Putin now acting out of 'weakness' and 'desperation'

    03/02/2014 11:34:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 101 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 2, 2014 | Kyle Balluck and Russell Berman
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “stunning, willful” choice to invade Ukrainian territory and warned of possible sanctions. “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country,” Kerry said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” one of several appearances on network interview shows. “It’s serious in terms of the modern manner in which countries resolve problems,” Kerry said. “That’s not the act of somebody who’s strong, “ Kerry added, saying Putin is acting out of “weakness” and “desperation.” On ABC’s “This Week,” Kerry called Putin’s move a “brazen...
  • Kerry: “All options are on the table” in response to Russian invasion of Crimea

    03/02/2014 9:22:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 126 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 2, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Maybe the Obama administration is taking the Budapest Memorandum more seriously than we imagined — or at least want Russia to think we are. Secretary of State John Kerry told ABC’s This Week that “all options are on the table” for a response to Vladimir Putin’s Crimean invasion, including military options: Secretary of State John Kerry said that “all options are on the table” when it comes to steps the U.S. can take to hold Russia accountable for its military movements in Ukraine, including economic sanctions and potentially military action. In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos today on “This...
  • JOHN KERRY SINKS TO CLIMATE MCCARTHYISM

    02/25/2014 12:49:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies
    Human Events ^ | February 25, 2014 | James Taylor
    This article originally appeared on heartland.org.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sunk to climate McCarthyism last week, calling scientists at NASA, NOAA, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Columbia, and other prestigious research institutions “shoddy scientists” and members of “the Flat Earth Society” because they don’t agree with Kerry and President Barack Obama on global warming issues. Fortunately for science, and unfortunately for Kerry, the Scientific Method encourages rather than blackballs critical inquiry and scientific debate. If that were not the case, people would indeed still believe the Earth is flat. Even so, more than 31,000 scientists have signed a summary of the...
  • Kerry's Brother: John's Not Anti-Semitic, We're Jewish

    02/19/2014 5:15:02 AM PST · by SJackson · 46 replies
    NBC ^ | 2-19-14 | Andrea Mitchell
    John Kerry's brother has responded to charges of anti-Semitism against the U.S. Secretary of State by some conservative Israelis — including a prominent minister — by writing publicly about the family’s Jewish roots. Cameron Kerry wrote a column in Israel's largest circulation daily newspaper, Yediot, saying the accusations “would be ridiculous if they were not so vile.” The move illustrates how seriously the State Department wants to rebut the charge of anti-Semitism by some conservative Israeli critics of the Secretary of State’s peace negotiations. Earlier this month, members of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet accused Kerry of endorsing "anti-Semitic"...
  • Gingrich calls for Sec. Kerry to resign over global warming remarks

    02/18/2014 9:40:28 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 18,2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich took to Twitter to call for Secretary of State John Kerry to resign for calling global warming the “world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” Gingrich, a failed Republican presidential candidate, tweeted out his disgust with Kerry’s comments (Note: He spells Kerry’s name wrong in the tweets): Does kerrey really believe global warming more dangerous than north Korean and iranian nukes? More than Russian and Chinese nukes? Really? ? — Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) February 18, 2014 On his trip to Indonesia, Kerry said that global warming is “the world’s largest weapon of...
  • Obama's 'big breakthrough' coming by end of year - Leaked: Official declaration of Palestinian state

    02/18/2014 6:35:00 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 49 replies
    WND ^ | 18 Feb 14 | Aaron Klein
    <p>TEL AVIV – The Palestinian Authority received a pledge from the U.S. that by the end of 2014, the Obama administration will issue an official written declaration presenting general highlights of a future Palestinian state, a senior Palestinian negotiator told WND.</p>
  • Obama’s War on Israel

    02/13/2014 5:07:52 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 13, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    If the left’s foreign policy these days had a slogan, it would be, “Boycott Israel, not Iran.” The double standard, dishonest as it is ugly, is also the motto of Obama’s foreign policy, which benevolently blesses Iran’s nuclear program with one outstretched hand in the name of peace and chokes concessions out of Israel to the terrorists with the other also in the name of peace. Both peace plans are going disastrously according to plan. Iran has made it clear that it will dismantle nothing and that it will go on developing ballistic missiles and nuclear technology. Its military commanders...
  • Administration ends ban on asylum seekers with 'limited' terror ties

    02/06/2014 3:34:10 PM PST · by standingfirm · 46 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2-6-14 | Judson Berger
    The Obama administration has unilaterally eased restrictions on asylum seekers with loose or incidental ties to terror and insurgent groups, in a move one senator called "deeply alarming." The change, approved by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry, was announced Wednesday in the Federal Register. It would allow some individuals who provided "limited material support" to terror groups to be considered
  • Administration eases restrictions on asylum seekers with loose terror ties

    02/06/2014 1:25:11 PM PST · by Doogle · 17 replies
    foxnews ^ | 02/06/14 | Judson Berger
    The Obama administration has unilaterally eased restrictions on asylum seekers with loose or incidental ties to terror and insurgent groups, in a move one senator called "deeply alarming." The change, approved by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry, was announced Wednesday in the Federal Register. It would allow some individuals who provided "limited material support" to terror groups to be considered for entry into the U.S. Supporters of the change, including Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., argued that the current ban on anyone who has ever aided terrorists has unfairly blocked thousands of refugees. "The existing...
  • U.S. training Free Syrian Army in Jordan — a group that violently targets Christians

    02/08/2014 7:23:45 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 21 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Feb 7, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    The U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army — those are the “moderates,” you know. How moderate? This moderate: in July 2013, Free Syrian Army fighters entered the Christian village of Oum Sharshouh and began burning down houses and terrorizing the population, forcing 250 Christian families to flee the area. Worthy News reported that just two days later, Free Syrian Army rebels “targeted the residents of al-Duwayr/Douar, a Christian village close to the city of Homs and near Syria’s border with Lebanon….Around 350 armed militants forcefully entered the homes of Christian families who were all rounded-up in the main square of the village...
  • Puffing John Kerry

    02/07/2014 6:08:54 AM PST · by rktman · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/7/2014 | Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison
    The Washington Post this week carried a Carter Eskew story about Sec. of State John Kerry's travels that contains enough puffing to inflate the Hindenburg. The Post's man is seemingly in awe of Sec. Kerry's peripatetic globe-trotting in pursuit of peace, peace prizes, or just a piece of the action.