Kerry’s Push for Israeli ‘Auschwitz Borders’

imageThis week Secretary of State John Kerry enthusiastically welcomed a proposal by the Arab League, led by Qatar’s prime minister Sheik Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani, to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

The proposal calls for Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders, which were characterized as indefensible by two major American military studies and dubbed the “Auschwitz borders” by former dovish Israeli foreign minister Abba Eban. It was widely reported that Al-Thani “cited the possibility of ‘comparable,’ mutually agreed and ‘minor’ land swaps between the Israelis and the Palestinians.”

Al-Thani thereby took an even less forthcoming position than the one taken by President Obama in a speech on May 19, 2011, when he stated: “The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps….” That speech aroused such protest and fears for Israel’s security and survival that three days later on May 22, in a speech to AIPAC, Obama appeared to somewhat amend his words:

the parties themselves—Israelis and Palestinians—will negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967. That’s what mutually agreed-upon swaps means. It is a well-known formula to all who have worked on this issue for a generation. It allows the parties themselves to account for the changes that have taken place over the last 44 years. It allows the parties themselves to take account of those changes, including the new demographic realities on the ground, and the needs of both sides. 

This was taken to mean that, if such a deal were reached, Obama would support Israel retaining somewhat more substantial territory, including settlement blocs.

Yet, with Kerry’s endorsement of Al-Thani’s proposal, the administration takes a stance even less favorable to Israel than Obama’s original, May 19 position, which Middle East analyst Robert Satloff called at the time “a major departure from long-standing U.S. policy.”

Qatar—a backer of radical Sunni movements—is of course a strange champion of “peace.” Last October the Emir of Qatar visited Gaza and promised major financial aid to Hamas—committed by its charter to Israel’s destruction and officially designated a terrorist organization by the United States. This week the Wall Street Journal reported on Qatar’s active support for a Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Syria.

As an Israeli diplomatic source told Haaretz:

The prime minister’s advisers are not keen about the Arab League’s announcement. Netanyahu and his advisers believe it would have been better had this announcement not been made…. The fact that Kerry stood beside Qatar’s prime minister while he was reading the announcement increased Netanyahu’s aides’ suspicions toward Kerry.

Is this new push to pressure Israel into perilous withdrawals coming from Kerry himself, or from Obama? According to veteran Israeli journalist Shimon Shiffer:

the Israeli side sees some tension between the White House and the State Department. In other words, they understand that Obama has expressed no interest in resuming the negotiations. The American president, my sources tell me, does not believe—as opposed to Kerry—that solving the conflict will solve all of the region’s troubles.

That account is consistent with a statement quoted earlier this week from a “senior Israeli diplomatic source” that “Obama understands today that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is not interested in reaching an agreement with Israel.”

But even if Kerry is freelancing, it is little short of grotesque that the administration—or whatever part of it—is orchestrating another pressure campaign on Israel, against the will of its elected leaders, precisely as threats are mounting on its northern and southern borders and from Iran.

The ultimate responsibility, of course, is Obama’s—not least for letting his May 22, 2011 words to AIPAC be exposed as so much smoke and mirrors.

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  • κατεργάζομαι

    Mr. Teresa Heinz – John Kerry accused American soldiers of violent acts while not even mentioning the atrocities committed by the North Vietnamese.

    Mr. Teresa Heinz – John Kerry stood up against his own military and government in order to capture the support of the anti-American hippies and to pretend that he was a great moral man who fought against American abominations.

    Mr. Teresa Heinz – John Kerry pointed his finger at innocents in order to rise up in the duplicitous, anti-war Democratic Party.

    Mr. Teresa Heinz – John Kerry got three purple hearts for scratches and finagled Bronze and Silver Stars…..for his basmati-butt!

    Mr. Teresa Heinz – John Kerry oh. Did I mention he married a wealthy widow?….

    …..I meant, Mr. Teresa Heinz – John Kerry ….who served in Viet N-a-a-a-a-a-a-m.

    • Cassandra

      Mr. Teresa Heinz – John Kerry You forgot to mention a traitor to this country.

  • AdinaK

    Obama Inc. surely has malevolent designs for Israel. This is beyond dispute. However, what can one conclude about Israel's leadership perpetual penchant for appeasement, even as Bibi just sent Tzipeleh and Molcho to confab with Kerry in Washington –

    As such, the onus is on Israel's leadership to say – NO, NO, NO, regardless of the pressure! After all, two bit basket case leaders continually give Washington the finger, so why doesn't Israel? That's the core question…

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

    • Asher

      Obama's election signalled the state of the world with Islam trying to control every country. It is so important that all races realize their survival depends on their knowledge and who they put in office. I was wondering if it is true that Obama negotiated with B.B. Netanyahu to curtail building settlements in Judea and Samaria. It was on the grapevine, but couldn't find the confirmation of facts.

  • Nanis

    If the palestine muslims don't want to loose land they need to stop making wars with Israel. They act like uneducated brats who think they can cry and they can get everything they want just by crying….
    This Kerry dude was about to be our president in '04. Man! we were highly blessed….

    • stern

      The sad thing is that when they do cry very loudly, the world rushes to give them what they want! You only have to look at the past year – the acceptance by so many UN members of the "Palestinians" flagrant breaking of their agreement with Israel – to see that these perpetual losers can do whatever the heck they want.

  • trump

    kerry may push for whatever he wants ,Israel will not budge .

    • Asher

      Good, Israel Stand your Ground…never allow evil men to control your destiny!!!!

    • Smote

      Nor should Israel EVER give in!

      Take one look at Kerry and see what a twit he is. Ahh, politics… where the most cretinous can wear a suit.

  • JohnWV

    Israel's border disputes are a sideshow. The meaningful action is the ever increasing Israeli/Jewish control of our political, financial, and military-industrial complex. The Jewish state has occupied not just Palestine, but America too. Israel's real objective is destruction of United States of America from within then reemergence as a world dominating racist ultrapower, the JEWISH STATE OF AMERICA.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Israel's border disputes are a sideshow. The meaningful action is the ever increasing Israeli/Jewish control of our political, financial, and military-industrial complex."

      Sure. How do you know? Arab Islamic propaganda told you so. They learned from the Soviets and fund it with streams of income derived from…..oil.

      So you side with a totalitarian religion and assume all of the slander against our ally is true. That makes you an anti-American dupe. But don't worry, you've got lots of company. There are millions of other dupes just like you.

      "The Jewish state has occupied not just Palestine, but America too."

      I see. So occupation means just what you say it means. Occupy this, retread.

      "Israel's real objective is destruction of United States of America from within then reemergence as a world dominating racist ultrapower, the JEWISH STATE OF AMERICA."

      Get your latest edition: Elders of Zion in the 21st Century. Order it now from the oil-funded Neo-Nazi Islamo-fascist alignment press. Or just cruise on over to the various nut job web sites.

    • Webb

      Oh yes, this huge country of Israel — 1/9th the size of Nebraska and with its burgeoning population of 6 million, will soon be puppet master of the good old US of A, dominating the world. Why do morons like you even waste what little brain power you have by trolling Frontpage looking for places to insert your asinine jihadi comments?

    • Lan Astaslem

      I guess those pesky Jews are to blame for your being an a$&hole.

    • stern

      Dear JohnWV,

      I want to thank you. I woke this morning somewhat depressed, but you have brightened my day with laughter. Your send up of typical white racist, Nazi style propaganda is truly hilarious. I particularly love how you make it sound so real, as if you really do believe it. That's the true mark of wit – the ability to act the part with conviction. Clearly, you are a talented satirist. I look forward to your next act, which I assume will be to tell us that there was never a holocaust and that my dear, sweet father, Abraham Cohen, blew up the World Trade Center all on his own. Ah, the joy of laughter.

    • Asher

      You lie….Israel has always been an ally and a friend to the US. It is the US under the Obama administration that has tried to put a knife in Israels back.



      Too bad your side lost WW2. Eh?

    • defcon 4

      Modern psychiatric science does have treatments for delusional psychoses. I suggest you look into them, or alternatively, move to any islamofascist state, where your delusions will fit like hand in a glove.

    • William

      John are you aware that we Jews control everything including the weather, hurricanes, volcano eruptions, and fires. So if you don't start being nice, we will come after you by having hail storms upon you.

    • Gary

      John Boy, do you know how many rockets have been fires into Israel in the past 15years? If Israel had fired the same amount of rockets into the west bank and gaza, then there would not be anymore west bank and gaza. The Israelis want to be left alone.
      John ask the gain gov't how many of their people they have in encampments. Stop blaming others and take responsibility for your own actions

    • Smote

      Ya what?! More Leftie twaddle. A word of advice; quit the drugs and see a shrink.

  • JohnWV

    Besieged Palestinian Gaza is an experiment in provocation. Stuff one and a half million people into a tiny space, stifle their access to water, electricity, food and medical treatment, destroy their livelihoods, and humiliate them regularly…and, surprise, surprise – they turn hostile. Now why would you want to make that experiment? Because the hostility you provoke is the whole point. Now under attack you can cast yourself as the victim, and call out the helicopter gunships and the F16 attack fighters and the heavy tanks and the guided missiles, and destroy yet more of the pathetic remains of infrastructure that the Palestinian state still has left. And then you can point to it as a hopeless case, unfit to govern itself, a terrorist state, a state with which you couldn't possibly reach an accommodation. And then you can carry on with business as usual, quietly stealing their homeland.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Besieged Palestinian Gaza…"

      Another word you've decided to redefine moment to moment.

      "…is an experiment in provocation."

      Next Israel will encircle California.

      "Stuff one and a half million people into a tiny space, stifle their access to water, electricity, food and medical treatment, destroy their livelihoods, and humiliate them regularly…and, surprise, surprise – they turn hostile."

      They TURNED hostile. I see you attended one of our leftist university propaganda camps. No jihadis were hostile before the "siege." It's all about ruling the world. The jihadis are actually all Jewish!!

      "Now why would you want to make that experiment?"

      It's your experiment. It exists only in your mind.

      "Because the hostility you provoke is the whole point. Now under attack you can cast yourself as the victim, and call out the helicopter gunships and the F16 attack fighters and the heavy tanks and the guided missiles, and destroy yet more of the pathetic remains of infrastructure that the Palestinian state still has left. And then you can point to it as a hopeless case, unfit to govern itself, a terrorist state, a state with which you couldn't possibly reach an accommodation. And then you can carry on with business as usual, quietly stealing their homeland."

      There's not a single fact you got straight.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Besieged Palestinian Gaza…"

      Who pays for you to troll the web and robotically repeat Islamic propaganda John?

    • Lan Astaslem

      the invented paleostonians can pack up their burqa, camels and suicide vests and take their sorry butts over to jordan – that's their state. Go cry in your koran.

    • stern

      I was wrong. You went to the Gaza as prison camp theme rather than the Holocaust. I have to admit to a bit of disappointment. This post of yours doesn't have the wit and charm of your earlier effort and has begun to be somewhat strident. Although I must admit that your list of items Israel "stifle(s)" is pretty clever. After all, it's Israel that provides Gazans with their electricity, freely offers free medical treatment and allows tons of food into the territory, so accusing Israel of preventing the delivery of these items is rather ironic. Oh, okay, ending with the delightful punchline of Israel "quietly stealing their homeland", is also a very funny reference when applied to Gaza, considering that Israel pulled out of Gaza completely, removing even the dead Jews from their resting places.

      So don't be discouraged, JohnWV. I'm sure you can do better than this post next time around.



      If you really, sincerely against Occupation, then GET OUT OF NORTH AMERICA you DUMB SACK of SHlTLER.

    • defcon 4

      It's funny how you purport they don't have "access to water, electricity, food and medical treatment" yet have plenty of rockets and mortar rounds to fire into Israel (as well as an AT rocket to fire into a marked school bus). Some ten thousand rocket and mortar rounds have been fired into Israel, unilaterally, without provocation, over the last 8 years. Yeah, nice try Ahmed, but you don't get any virgin rewards points for these particular lies.

      • Lan Astaslem

        and whenever you see a bunch of paliswine broads, they're always big fat slobs who don't seem to be missing meals

  • F.K. Juliano

    Immediately after the Six-Day War, Israel should have annexed Judea and Samaria, and Gaza as well, and expelled the entire Muslim population. Nasser always bloviated about how all Arabs were brothers. Well then, his brothers should have moved in with him.

    • defcon 4

      Israeli leaders still had pie in the sky ideals back then. I would love to know what kind of back room negotiations led to the decision to hand the Temple Mount back over to the islamofascists after the Six Day War though.

  • Cassandra

    Israel should not bulge an inch and let Kerry go to hell. Going back to the 1967 borders would be suicide for israel. And we the tax payers pay that traitor Kerry to go do Obama's dirty work in Israel. Israel should know by now that the USA government is no friend of Israel but a FIEND. God bless and protect Israel and America.

  • clarespark

    It isn't only Obama whose Sec of State is hostile to the sovereignty of the Jewish State. Popular culture supports anti-Israel feelings in such a popular show as NCIS. See…. "The Christianization of Ziva David, NCIS." Israel, as a sovereign state, should be negotiating with its neighbors without foreign interference. It is a canard that the US ever supported Israel without preconditions.

  • EthanP

    I believe that this new 'peace' effort is window dressing. No other plan has gone anywhere. So why should this one. But the jerks (universally applied) always have to be seen as 'doing something'. So this will be just another waste of time.

  • Ken Kelso

    JohnW is a liar. Israel wants nothing to do with Gaza.
    But when Hamas terrorists are firing thousands of missiles at Israeli civilians, ofcourse Israel will respond.
    Do you expect Israel to do nothing to Palestinian terrorism?
    If Mexico was firing thousands of missiles at America, how do you think America would respond?
    Gazan's are free to go through Moslem Brotherhood Egypt from Gaza.

    Eilat, Boston. What's the difference? Same Muslim terror and mayhem. Islamic leaders sending people to die to kill the Jews because the fact one Jewish state exists not controlled by Islamic fascists bothers the Muslims.
    Hamas: "Killing Jews is Worship that Draws Us Closer to Allah"
    28 NOVEMBER 2012
    Jonathan Dahoah-Halevi: Calls for Genocide Doctrines Have Infiltrated Hamas Ideology
    March 19, 2008
    Hamas celebrates 10th anniversary of Netanya Passover massacre
    March 27, 2012
    Maybe I missed it, but I don’t recall seeing any Arabs protesting against this attack, or writing anguished op-eds about how a fellow Muslim could have done such a thing. No Arab groups popped up on college campuses calling for solidarity with Jews against terror. There were no UN resolutions condemning the massacre.
    But there was a PA-sponsored soccer tournament in Tulkarem named after the suicide bomber.
    Hamas MP: A Palestinian Who Kills One Jew Will Be Rewarded As If He Killed 30 Million
    Karni Eldad/
    The PA is poisoning its children against Israel
    April 01, 2012
    Hamas celebrates anniversary of Haifa restaurant bombing
    Hamas newspaper Palestine Times has a featured article celebrating the ten year anniversary of the bombing of the Arab-owned Matza restaurant in Haifa, that killed 16 Israeli civilians. The article includes photos of the bomber as well as of the devastation to the restaurant, whose roof collapsed from the force of the explosion.


      DEATH to hamass!

  • sharon

    Tell "Zippo" to drop dead! What a joke for anyone to think he speaks for real Americans. The great hero of the Vietnam war with his cameramen photographing him doing his brave deeds. You know, setting fire to farmer's houses with his "Zippo" lighter. Then shooting their animals, in essence, destroying everything they they had. I thought liberals loved the "poor." What a despicable low-life.

  • Herb Benty

    Every bit of land west of the Jordan river is ISRAEL. It was God-given to the Jewish people, and they have it back ….nothing complicated here.

  • Brian

    This is what happens when you send a boy to do a man's job. This idiot Kerry does not have the capability to wipe his rear without reading the instructions first and then he still has to ask someone to help.



  • Andy Lewis

    Not so fast, John Bo! Hold yer horse apples.

  • Mutantone

    It is the Obama agenda driven by his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Just look at all that Obama administration has done to expand the Muslim Brotherhoods objectives in the region using our troops, equipment and funds to do so. That they are still benefiting from their relation with Obama that Israel should worry about any deal brokered by this administration as benefiting there enemies.

  • Texas Patriot

    Until the religion of Islam renounces the goals of imperialism and military conquest, any attempt to negotiate a lasting peace is doomed to failure. At this point the only strategy of survival for Israel is to get strong and stay strong and to respond to every act of violence with an even stronger response and the mandatory forfeiture of lands by the aggressors.

    • Defcon 4

      Would you believe islamofascists if they did state they had renounced jihad?

      • Texas Patriot

        I think I would tend to believe them if they renounced the specific verses of the Koran calling for war against non-Muslims and apostates. Christians have renounced those verses of the Old Testament calling for the stoning of gays, adulterers, and blasphemers. Why couldn't Muslims do that? It's not impossible.

        • defcon 4

          What about the rabid Jew hatred found in all the holey texts of islam? What about renouncing/repudiating the actions of Muhahahahahamad in slaughtering/enslaving/expelling all the Jews from Soddy Barbaria? Muslimes are very good at spouting empty words that amount to nothing more than a storm in a teacup. I'd like to see actions back up those words. I'd like to see the persecution of people other faiths stopped in islamofascist states. I'd like to see them own up to their various genocides and attempt to make restitution to the families of the victims. But empty words are obviously sufficient for you, which makes me question your motives.

          • Texas Patriot

            Christians have prosecuted KKK types who murdered blacks in the name of Christianity. Why couldn't Muslims prosecute other Muslims who murder non-Muslims in the name of Islam. If they can't do that, neither they nor their religion have any place in the West.

          • defcon 4

            The KKK is irrelevant in the 21st century. Furthermore, the sum total of those murdered by the KKK is orders of magnitude less than the number of victims of islamo-nazism in the 21st century alone (much less the 20th in which millions of Christians and Hindus were slaughtered). The last church blown up by the KKK was some FORTY years ago. In the meantime and in between time, muslimes are slaughtering and persecuting Hindus, Sikhs, Bahais, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Zoroastrians right now, in the here and now.

          • Texas Patriot

            The principle is the same, though. If the KKK tried to continue their murderous regime today under the banner of Jesus Christ, they would be sent to prison BY CHRISTIANS. The same principle should apply to Muslims. Renouncing the provisions of the Koran that authorize violence against non-Muslims should be the sine qua non to their right to citizenship in a free Western societies.