Kerry in Israel: Give Up Jordan Valley — Count on Us

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Beersheva and author of the book Choosing Life in Israel. 


US Secretary of State John Kerry Meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuSecretary of State John Kerry paid yet another visit to Israel on Thursday. Reports described him as hoping to “salvage” the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Many people, particularly in Israel, had already predicted that, with the Palestinians—just as in 1937, 1948, 2000-01, and 2008—incapable of coming to terms with the Jewish state’s existence, there would be nothing to salvage in the first place.

Kerry’s timing was flawed in a more specific sense as well, with Iran, in recent weeks, having “totally eclipsed” the Palestinian issue in Jerusalem. Kerry was described as reassuring Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu that, despite the interim deal with the mullahs, the sanctions on Iran would not significantly erode.

On that score, there are about as many optimists among Israeli officialdom as there are Fatah members who celebrate Israeli Independence Day.

It was not enough, though, that Israel—like the Sunni states in the region—was stunned and appalled first by President Obama’s highly public flip-flop on Syria and then by the fatally flawed deal with Iran(retired Admiral James A. Lyons has given one of the best analyses of what’s wrong with it). In this atmosphere, Kerry also made it his business on Thursday to outline security arrangements for Israel—after the rise of the putative Palestinian state—in the Jordan Valley itself.

Israel’s Army Radio reported that officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development are already stationed in the Jordan Valley to learn about security arrangements. Kerry, in his press conference with Netanyahu, said U.S. Gen. John Allen had already been offering Netanyahu his “thoughts” on the issue.

If not for the Palestinians’ repeatedly demonstrated inability to reach an agreement even on the most generous Israeli terms possible, it would amount to a sinister attempt to ride roughshod over what Netanyahu—rightly—posits as a fundamental Israeli security need under any agreement: a continued Israeli, not foreign, military presence along the Jordan.

Meanwhile Palestinian spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, blasted what she called—of course—“U.S. bias in favor of Israel….” Ashrawi also called for another Geneva conference—like the one two weeks ago that served up nuclear-threshold-state status to Iran—to “end the occupation and establish a Palestinian state….”

Anything else, Ashrawi warned, would “plunge the entire region into violence….”

One observation prompted by those words is that much of the region—particularly Syria and Iraq, but with Lebanon and Egypt hardly free of the affliction—is already “plunged into violence” without the slightest input from the “Palestinian issue” that somehow, despite all the slings and arrows reality can deliver, retains such mythic status in Washington.

Another is that, even with Washington already having pressured Israel into releasing batches of convicted Palestinian terrorists from prison, and now pressuring it to contract to a width of nine miles and give up its vital security border, the Palestinian accusation that the U.S. is actually taking Israel’s side, seasoned with a threat of cataclysmic violence, surfaces again in a way that is predictable, inevitable, de rigueur—and, for all that, ignored by those mystically convinced that securing Palestinian goals is a supreme interest.

And so, on Friday, John Kerry again flies off, leaving Israel to cope with regional reality. A reality in which Israel had been muddling through with the Palestinian issue more or less successfully—that is, until Kerry’s recent initiative revived tensions and instability; a reality in which Iran is laughing and gloating its way to a future without sanctions and with all its nuclear capabilities intact.

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  • Atikva

    The title alone of that article gave me the first laugh of the day.

  • Bear Klein

    The White House can not build a website but they have the hutzpah to tell Israel what its security should look like.

    Israel wants to defend itself with the IDF not foreign soldiers. Israel moving out of the Jordan Valley would be a colossal blunder. The US administration’s non resolve on Iran’s nuke program shows that they can not be trusted to the defend the US yet alone Israel.

    • defcon 4

      Who would trust US soldiers in their backyard at this point considering who their ultimate C-in-C is? Maybe the zero and kerry would be sending an all muslime division/regiment to carry out such duty — or at least a division/regiment run by muslimes.

      • BagLady

        Depends. Would they shoot a 16 year old kid in the head? Would they get away with doing so? Let’s see in the coming days what happens when such ‘incidents’ occur. If I was a gambler……

        • reader

          If you were a gambler, you’d still be an idiot. I’m afraid, at this juncture, it’s too late to do anything about it. You don’t seem to want to educate yourself.

        • defcon 4

          Would they slit the throat of an infant? Would they put a bullet in the head of an unarmed 7 year old girl?

    • BagLady

      Of course it would. What a gem. A veritable Eden.

  • BenJabo1Machal

    A Jew must not be a “FRIAR”, which is Ivrit for SUCKER
    Anyone that believes Kerry or Obama has to be a raving madman
    Obama’s word is worth the toilet paper that it’s written on

    • truebearing

      Used toilet paper.

  • Brooklyn Betty

    The Liar In Chief and The Viet Nam “Hero” would not know what the truth was/is if it jumped up and smacked them in the face. Trust them.??Give the PLO land?? And then have the chutzpah to say “trust us”.. If you believe Thathen there is a Bridge in Brooklyn that is for sale.

    • Moa

      The PLO was already given a massive swathe of land. It is called “The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”

  • Ken Kelso

    Kerry supported the Gaza Flotilla Jihadists and Frontpagemag documented.

  • Minny_me

    Israel should have barred him from landing in their country.

    • Terri Granot

      agreed…I think I already said this a few weeks ago. What’s his rush anyway? What is their secret agenda?

      • A Z

        2014 midterm elections

        The veneer is coming of this avaricious, know nothing regime.

    • Steven M Tenneshaw

      Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth – especially if you just ate dinner.

  • Rdlake

    For decades, from US strong arming Israel has been ceding land to the terrorists & where has it gotten them? A closer location from where the Arabs can lob their rockets. Land given to Arabs when Jews were uprooted & relocated was quickly ravaged by burning down green houses & cutting down olive trees because they were touched by Israeli hands. Now we have Kerry, Mr. Military hating, turn coat, $250 million ‘richonaire’ hypocrite trying to back stab the only true friend we have in that cesspool of a Middle East. They want Israeli obliterated, what makes him think giving up more land will be enough.

    • BagLady

      Burning down their own green houses and cutting down their own olive groves? Oh please. You lose any hope of winning an argument when you tell fairy tales.

      • defcon 4

        Paleswine are mythical creatures — there is no ethnicity called paleswine and there has never been an independent state called palestine (until the 20th century) because they’re nothing but a bunch of Jew hating muslime arabs.

        • Rdlake

          There are no such things as Palestinians. They’re Arabs from Jordan, Egypt, Saudi who decided to squat on Israeli land and the world has been trying to legitimize them all along.

        • BagLady

          Very hard to be an human shield when you don’t exist.

      • Rdlake
      • Well Done

        Baglady, the “palestinians” did exactly that when Israel foolishly pulled out of Gaza. Orchards, greenhouses, sewage treatment, water purifying, all this was destroyed by stupid, useless moslems. And you’re wrong, those installations were NOT “their own”. They were built by Israel. “palestinians” are not capable of building such things. They are too busy teaching their children to hate Jews and to be used as shields against bullets. Interesting that you pretend anyone saying so has no hope of winning an argument! Since you’ve made no argument, it would appear you are the loser.

        • BagLady

          I thought they couldn’t build because they don’t have any concrete.

      • defcon 4

        Um, your paleswine muslime brethren also wasted no time demolishing any synagogues left behind.

      • reader

        I suppose, you give credence to NBC news. That’s as far left on the “main stream” media as you can go. So, here:

        http://www.nbcnews.com/id/9331863/

        But don’t allow facts to get on the way of your convictions:
        http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/s3xj79xHaUCo3xQcMPaTRA–/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTE4NztweW9mZj0wO3E9NzU7dz02MDA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ucomics.com/dt130926.gif

      • Joyce Conner Anderson

        This is absolutely true! Read about it. Google it even.

  • RevRoy

    Israel should arrest Kerry, charge him with being an enemy of the State and an undercover agent for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and throw him in the deepest, darkest cell they have. After a while, they can trade him off with some of the other prisoners and he can live in the Palestine he so dearly claims to love.
    Rev. Roy. (Forgive my wishful thinking ). :)

  • Ron

    This regime of Obama’s is far from pro Israel. They are setting up a scenario for Muslim attack on Israel. Netanyahu is wise to their attempts. It’s just sad to see the sneaky attempts to be involved in turning on our ally. We will pay for Obama’s deceit.

    • BagLady

      Oh for pity’s sake

      • defcon 4

        It’s always disgusting to read a muslime whine — especially when they have the rest of the Mid-East and N. Africa as their own apartheid, islam0fascist cesspool to play in.

      • Ron

        I am so sorry for you in your blind ignorance. You have my pity for your sake.

      • Well Done

        Shut. Up. Bitch.

  • Dylan Felts

    Kerry is complete Jerk. And you do not want to know what my definition of a JERK is. Unprintable.

    • truebearing

      I’ll bet you $1,000,000 inflated U.S. Dollars that mine is more unprintable than yours. :)

      • Dylan Felts

        I don’t use vulgarity. The meaning is loud and clear.

        • truebearing

          I was joking.

  • celador2

    Obama sure does trust terrorists friendly governments, does he not? Iranians are mostly Shiites but are self identified enemies of US and Israel. Sunni are Al Qaeda and fight as Syrian ‘rebels’ whom McCain, Graham Hillary add McOain wanted to aid. Obama looks the other way at Boko Haram ethnic cleaning and murder of Christians and gives foreign aid.
    Why do a deal with Iran and tie it to Palestinian state? I see no logic to that and feel very distressed again that O aids US enemies and friends do not know where they stand.

  • truebearing

    Obama and Kerry share some key traits, but that only one that is important is that they are both evil. Israel should learn from its past, where it was leveraged into giving up territory to those who want nothing more than to see it destroyed.

    Americans should wake up to the reality that Obama and Kerry are working feverishly to destroy this country, too. They are as anti-American as any enemy we have.

  • JacksonPearson

    Memo to Israel:
    Don’t give up an inch of land to Islamic terrorism, or stupidity (Hanoi John Kerry).

    • defcon 4

      I don’t think Kerry, the zero et. al. are stupid at all — I think they’re evil and corrupt.

  • SoCalMike

    Scary thing is the thinking of Zero and “Hero” infests the US State Dept.
    That’s the true occupied territory that needs to be liberated.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Israel hasn’t had a moments peace since withdrawing from Gaza – thousands of rockets and condemnation when retaliating.

    Thinking that Israel would have peace from withdrawing from the Jordan Valley is ludicrous, wishful thinking and plain ol’ DUMB..

    Obama couldn’t, was unwilling to defend the Benghazi US Embassy despite calls from the Embassy for help.j

    Israel, stick to your guns.

    Israel needs G-d and guns.

    • defcon 4

      G-d, guns and a hundred boomers ready to say hello to the enemies of Israel wherever they reside.

  • danshanteal

    Look at Gaza. I rest my case.

  • USARetired

    Kerrry is not to be trusted being the second worst liar in Washington today!

  • Marosheviz11

    Israel should no give up an inch and should not trust Kery and our present government. Democracy, ethics and freedom is at steak. Israel’s future has to be secured at all times, a beacon of culture and democracy in the middle of atavistic filth.

  • BagLady

    “And so, on Friday, John Kerry again flies off, leaving Israel to cope with regional reality.”

    You make no suggestion as to what, in your opinion, he should have done.

    • defcon 4

      Criticism doesn’t require proposing an alternative policy.

    • thatsitivehadenough

      He should have stayed home in the first place. That’s what he should have done.

    • Well Done

      Kerry should have done as you should, baggy: Shut. Up. And speaking of making suggestions, you have made NO points whatsoever. All you do is criticize others. Maybe you don’t realize how stupid you look urging others to make suggestions when you have nothing. SO: Shut. Up. Bitch.

  • USARetired

    Anyone believing Kerry is even stupider then he is! A man who should have been tried and convicted of treason now acting as Secretary of State. What a joke, and the joke is on the American people!

  • Lanna

    Trusting this government is like Trusting Satan. John Kerry, John Brennan, and Chuck Hagel range from clueless to Hostile about Israel, with Obama leading the pack. They also ignored evidence of Cairo importing Scud Missile parts from N. Korea. Even Ed Koch remarked that he thought there would come a time when Obama would renege on his support of Israel.

    • IzzyKiddnya

      Lana — are you suggesting we should invade Iran BEFORE we invade North Korea?

      Then, when do we invade Egypt?

      • Well Done

        Egypt has been relieved of Islamist influence. Why invade there? Why do you suggest an invasion of N. Korea? Are you insane? No mention of invading any country was made except by you. Idiot.

        • defcon 4

          “relieved of islamist influence”, you’re quite the optimist aren’t you? DO you consider Nasser an “islamist”? What about Sadat (who also ordered and invasion of Israel)?

  • Robert

    Kerry always about making a name for himself. It’s tough being full of yourself and actually thinking that others will take your serious. It’s all about Kerry — he doesn’t have an unselfish bone in his being. It’s all about Kerry.