Kerry Returning to Israel for ‘Peace’ Mirages

John KerryOn Thursday Secretary of State John Kerry will be visiting Israel, and presumably also the Palestinian Authority, for the fourth time since accompanying President Obama on his visit here in late March. Four times since late March suggests something like obsession. Indeed, Kerry is reportedly set to unveil a “framework for peace talks” in early June.

The PA, for its part, is making threats about what it will do if the talks don’t start up again. Israel Hayom reports that “The Palestinians have done all the legal work necessary to join 63 U.N. agencies, conventions and treaties [and are] planning to apply as a state to 16 international organizations if peace talks with Israel [do] not resume by June.”

The Palestinians want to make this unilateral-statehood push on the basis of the UN vote last November that gave them the status of a nonmember observer state. The United States (along with Israel, of course) was one of the few countries voting “no” and, at least declaratively, strongly opposed the Palestinian move.

Meanwhile, not for the first time, the Palestinians—both official bodies and civilians—have been engaging in behavior not notably consonant with visions of peace.

Earlier this week it was reported that:

A Palestinian man who was detained by the Palestinian Authority security forces in Hebron has lost the ability to speak as a result of severe torture, according to a report released by the Independent Commission for Human Rights.

Mohamed Abdel Karim Dar of Hebron was hospitalized after being tortured while in detention, the report, which documented 28 cases of torture in PA prisons in the West Bank last month, said.

Dar had been detained by agents belonging to the PA’s Preventive Security Service and held in solitary confinement, the document said.

“He lost the ability to speak and suffered from wounds to his body as a result of banging his head against the wall and tying his hands while being held in solitary confinement,” the report added….

The organization…said that it had received complaints of torture and mistreatment against other branches of the PA security forces in the West Bank—13 against the police, seven against the Preventive Security Service, seven against the General Intelligence Service and one against Military Intelligence.

Earlier this month World Tribune reported that

Britain…has been playing a major role in training and financing Palestinian security forces in the West Bank…. [O]fficials said Britain has been training and advising virtually every major PA security force, often in coordination with the United States.

The report goes on to note that British intelligence “has repeatedly urged PA security commanders to stop torture,” but “acknowledged that torture and abuse continued in PA detention facilities against Hamas suspects and pro-democracy activists.”

The report later specifically mentions the Preventive Security Service and the General Intelligence Service as two of the outfits being trained by Britain “often” with U.S. cooperation.

And on Tuesday it was reported that

Over the past three months, some 200 firebombs and 80 explosive devices have been thrown at worshippers and Israeli soldiers at Rachel’s Tomb on the outskirts of Bethlehem in the West Bank.

The figures were provided by senior Israel Defense Forces and Border Police officers on Monday during a meeting of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. The committee gathered to discuss the security threats facing worshippers at the tomb.

Committee Chairman MK Avigdor Lieberman instructed the army to examine options to assure the safety of the worshippers and present the plans to the committee in one month.

The tomb, traditionally considered the burial place of the biblical matriarch Rachel, is a tiny enclave just south of Jerusalem already surrounded by thirty-foot walls and guarded round-the-clock by Israeli soldiers because of persistent Palestinian attacks for years.

Although the report doesn’t mention who the bomb-throwers are, they can be presumed to be mainly Palestinian civilians incited by the PA’s pervasive anti-Jewish education, preaching, and media.

Here, then, is a suggested agenda for Secretary Kerry’s next talks with the Palestinians:

● Threaten a complete cutoff of U.S. aid if they go through with the unilateral-statehood moves—a direct flouting of the official U.S. position over the past 20 years, including U.S. signatures on several Israel-Palestinian agreements, that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is only to be resolved through negotiations.

● Raise very seriously the issue of torture, since it is not at all clear why the U.S., along with Britain, should be training forces that torture pro-democracy activists.

● Demand, once and for all, an end to official PA incitement, since, again, it is not at all clear why the U.S. should be supporting an entity whose population—among much else—persistently violently attacks a biblical shrine.

It’s to be feared, though, that instead of taking such an approach, Kerry—who has already pressured Israel to free heinous terrorists so as to appease the PA, and lauded proposals by the Qatari prime minister to make Israel militarily indefensible—will instead be turning most, if not all, of the pressure on Israel.

In this bleak picture, the Obama administration’s current troubles are a ray of light.

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  • AdinaK

    Ahh, David, when will the "peace" chasers give it a rest? Never and never, and even if many more "sacrifices for peace" litter Israel's graveyards.
    It is precisely the case that peace is killing Jews and that is that. And it is way past time for Israel's "leading lights" to step up and reverse course, forthwith. They too are aiding and abetting in our demise –

    Israel's internal left bears the onus for the non stop "peace" train. They can put the brakes on it, but prefer pats on the back, atta boy/girl and mega loads of baksheesh for their efforts!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • Tomyris

    First step would have to be re-writing the Koran to remove such institutionalized anti-Semitic & anti-Christian lines as "Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends." (Surah 5:51) and "Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]…until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Surah 9:27-). It is not peace the PA are looking for (they have plenty of opportunity) but rather "Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends." (Surah 5:51) and "Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme." (Surah 8:36-).

    Until that happens and those indoctrinated have passed on it is difficult to accept the premise that there will be peace either in the ME or the West. If one finds this hard to accept, just look at the anti-west, anti Israel record book since 1979. "Prepare for the worst but hope for the best".

    • Defcon 4

      What a pipe dream. Islam hasn't had any reformation in over a thousand years. What would lead anyone to believe isalm will reform itself now, what it's winning?

      Even if you were able to magically abrogate the violent passages in the holy koran and hadith (an impossible feat in any muslime country today), what would you do about the fact that the founder of islam was rabid antisemite who lied and murdered not only his detractors, but killed/enslaved/deported the entire Jewish population of soddy barbaria? Because muhammad is the most holey and revered man in islam, whose every word and deed is to be emulated.

      • Tomyris


  • stern

    I cannot understand why the "Palestinians" attack Rachel's tomb. Could it be that even they don't believe UNESCO's declaration that it's a "mosque"?

    • gee59

      Arabs consider mosques to be legitimate targets as well as schools, hospitals, churches and synagogues.

      • Defcon 4

        SUnni's have been destroying Shiite holey sites in N. Africa.

  • Rostislav

    I'd like to be on the level of this worthy place's arguments with all my heart, but, being just a simple barbaric Russian, I can't find no suitable reaction to the John Kerry's renewal of "peace initiatives", except "Oh, my God, what an idiocy, what an incurable idiocy again and again!". And, in addition, I must confess that it is the most politcorrect of my reactions – all others are simply non- translatable… Ah – those Russians (or, rather, – ah, those Kerries)! Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

  • PAthena

    Secretary of State John Kerry is an appointee of President Barack Hussein Obama, and Obama is anti-Israel. No wonder Kerry's proposals are so anti-Israel.

  • jerome

    good luck mr. Kerry!
    maybe you can try walking on water next!

  • Tomyris

    This just arrived……one has to wonder why Kerry is pushing so hard when we have reports such as this.

  • Moishe Pupick

    Th., 05/23/13

    John Kerry is a naïve fool who is only competent to be Secretary of a sidewalk lemonade stand. Any Israeli Jewish politician who plays along with Kerry's utopian nonsense is also a fool. It's long past due for Israel to start treating its enemies AS enemies– No more Mister Nice Guy.

    • Tomyris