John Kerry’s Israel Fixation

Secretary-of-State-John-Kerry-seen-at-the-US-Embassy-in-Brunei-AFPA must-read article this month in Esquire Magazine, entitled “Why Are We So Obsessed with Israel? Hint: It’s Not Doing Any Good,” wisely examines the world’s obsession with the Jewish state. As columnist Stephen Marche wisely observes, “The obsession has gone on long enough.”

Marche rightfully notes an unfair obsession with Israel.  Some pearls:

Israel has made it clear that it will deal with a nuclear Iran itself, and frankly, when all is said and done, Israel probably knows best. Its existence is at stake. As for the notion of a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian struggle, there is no hope and therefore no pressing reason for intervention. So why bother? Why talk about it?

Couldn’t agree more.

Any Zionist should celebrate these words from Esquire:

Standard foreign-policy wisdom holds that Israel is the key, that once the crisis there is solved, everything else in the whole of the Muslim world will improve. The terrorists will no longer have the necessary symbolism for recruitment. But the only thing that would satisfy the terrorists is Israel’s ceasing to exist, and Israel, rather gauchely, insists on existing.

Wise, smart words.  Of course, these words could be written of the entire world, not just the Americans.  From European nations, who dare to speak of a boycott, to the United Nations, which condemns Israel every change it gets, to the Russians, the Chinese and everyone else — it always seems to be about Israel and the Jews.

Now, with American Secretary of State John Kerry returning to the Middle East for his sixth trip in three months, and continued talk of the need to compromise and reach “peace,” this Public Relations Agency CEO wanted to offer John Kerry some tips on where he can better spend his time than on Israel.

Mr. Secretary Of State: The Jews aren’t the problem.  If you feel the need to visit the Middle East, just around the corner from Israel is a place called Syria (S-Y-R-I-A).  In Syria, over 100,000 people have been slaughtered in the last two years, including more than 5,000 children under the age of 16.  What can be more important than helping these people who have been killed in what many have called the largest humanitarian crisis in the last 50 years? Imagine if 5 Arabs had been killed in Israel what noise would be made? So when it’s 100,000 killed a few miles from Israel, are they less important? Embarrassing to put focus anywhere else.

But, once you solve that issue, also just around the corner from Israel, you can deal with the Egyptian military who removed the Muslim Brotherhood from power, whom you and your boss, President Obama, helped get into office. Major problems in Egypt – and of course there are implications as a result with other traditional American allies in the region, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait, over the path forward in Egypt. That should take care of a few days, no Mr. Secretary?

And once those minor tasks are handled, work on bringing Edward Snowden to justice, and dealing with the chaos which has erupted as the result of Snowden fleeing America. Russia and China have both openly disregarded and disrespected America, and Latin American countries Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua are willing to offer Snowden asylum. Clearly there are some major problems brewing for American interests in Latin America.  While I know that only a few months ago Kerry praised America’s emerging “special relationship” with communist China, maybe it is time to re-examine that in light of Snowden?

Esquire noted regarding Kerry’s Israel visits, “There is nothing he could be doing that would be a bigger waste of his time, including windsurfing.”  They are so right. Although once the avid-wind-surfer is done, he can further hone his yachting skills on the $7 million yacht he was on during the Egyptian coup. (Talk about a public relations disaster! Stay away from yachts when the world is on fire.)

Governments and the media have an unfair obsession with the Jewish state – and while it is simply gorgeous this time of year, there are much more important places for Kerry to focus.  What better time than now, with Syria, Egypt and much of the Middle East in chaos, can there be to realize that maybe, just maybe the problem in the region isn’t with America’s closest ally, Israel but is elsewhere?

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  • Texas Patriot

    It’s hard to figure John Kerry. I think he means well, but he seems to be caught in the syndrome of doing what every one else has done, just for the sake of doing it. Never mind that it didn’t work before, and that it makes even less sense today, John Kerry is going to try it. It’s comical in a way, but it’s also absurd. Unfortunately, there is a growing realization that a permanent peace with Israel on lands formerly conquered by Muslim armies is absolutely inconsistent with Islamic ideology and, therefore, totally out of the realm of reasonable probability.

    • Bryan Schmick

      My opinion – People that spend their lives trying to reach high office generally believe they are better than others. It doesn’t matter if others have tried something. They aren’t as smart as me. This also applies to Socialism. It really is the perfect form of government (other than it’s unworkable). All the countries that have tried it before weren’t as smart or powerful as me.

      • Texas Patriot

        “It doesn’t matter if others have tried something. They aren’t as smart as me.”

        Most American politicians probably think that if they spend enough money, they can solve any problem. In the first place it is not their money, so they don’t care how much they spend. But more importantly, money never really solves problems. At best, it provides a temporary fix. Politicians are good at spending other people’s money on temporary fixes that don’t really solve problems. John Kerry seems to be following in that tradition.

  • Poupic

    If Israel building in Jerusalem, he capital of the Jewish nation from time immemorial and never an Arab capital even when Arabs controlled it for hundred of years it follows that America should not build in Washington or anywhere else. Judea and Samaria are liberated territories while Washington is in fact land occupied by the Arab states definition. This is so even without mentioning that Jews were cleansed out of Judea and Samaria in 1948 and a few years later from all Arab states. Take into account that no Jews live in any Arab state and that Israel include fully one fifth of it’s citizens that Israeli Arabs. The amazing thing is that Abbas declared openly: “No Jew will be allowed to live in the future Palestine.“ We do not hears anything against those words. Why?

  • Raymond_in_DC

    “What can be more important than helping these people who have been killed in what many have called the largest humanitarian crisis in the last 50 years?”

    It’s debatable how Syria stacks up on the “humanitarian crisis” scale. The 100,000 or so lost lives pale next to the million or two killed in Cambodia, almost a million in Rwanda, the hundreds of thousands in Darfur (and a few million more in Sudan since the 1960s), and an estimated 5 million in Congo. As in Syria, at least 100,000 died in Algeria, in a similar government vs. Islamist struggle a decade or so ago. I also seem to recall over 100,000 Shia and Kurds dead in Iraq in the aftermath of the first Gulf War, another million in the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s. (Curious that many of these involve Muslim vs. Muslim conflicts.)

    Perhaps Syria is given more significance, not just because it’s deemed more “developed” and in some ways more like us than the others, but because so many big players are involved: Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the US among them, not to mention the myriad non-state Islamic groups. It’s the 19th century “great game” played on a small board.

    Israel-Palestine too is given more significance because of the interests of those “big players”: the Arab League and the OIC (many of them major oil states), Russia, the US, China, Europe, etc. It’s they who’ve created a situation where the small Jewish state is not allowed to “win”, and the Arab parties are not allowed to lose.

    • StanleyT

      I agree with everything you’ve said except the last paragraph. Israel-Palestine is given more significance for the simple reason that Israel is full of Jews. There’s absolutely nothing else that can account for Kerry’s peripatetic wanderings or the EU’s obsession.

    • Veracious_one

      Don’t forget 1971 when the Muslims took over Bangladesh by killing over 1,000,000 Hindus in order to become Muslim majority state…

      • defcon 4

        The estimates of Hindus slaughtered by muslimes in Bangladesh is more along the lines of 2.5 million. There is also evidence to indicate thousands of Hindu women were also raped.

    • Veracious_one

      Don’t forget about the current day slaughter of Christians by Muslims in many parts of Africa, such as Nigeria and Kenya….

    • Bryan Schmick

      The Israel-Palestine is given so much importance because it has lasted so long and has close ties to Europe. Be the person to broker a permanent solution and you are guaranteed immortality in the statesmen circles. It is the Mt. Everest of diplomacy.

  • alRassooli

    The lack of logic that is shown by almost every single American Secretary of State can only be explained as an Irrational Obsession.
    Any human being with TWO brain cells of logic and decency looking at how Muslims are slaughtering each other, every day, during ‘holy’ Ramadan, in mosques, markets, schools, hospitals etc should come to a very simple conclusion: Muslims hate each other even MORE than they hate Ummat al Kuffar (Nation of Infidels) the remaining 80% of humanity who are not Muslims.
    Every school, college, university and media of the ‘Palestinians’ teach and show their virulent anti Jewish & Israel bating and dehumanizing (fully supported by tens of billions of US & European dollars) yet these half wit morons expect Israel to make ‘peace’ with them.
    These Secretaries of State deliberately and willfully IGNORE the slaughter and eradication of every vestige of Christianity in Iraq, ‘Palestinian’ territories, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Pakistan etc as well as the subjugation of hundreds of millions of Muslim women.
    All the above are not as important as following the chimera of peace between Islam and Israel, the possibility of which is ZERO as long as the Arabs’ intention is to exterminate Israel.
    Kerry will fail just like all the others had done because not a single US administration has understood one of the simplest facts regarding Islam~
    Fundamentalist Islam & Muslims are NOT Extremist, Radical or Militant (adjectives that are totally irrelevant but used by the Politically Correct to fool Americans) because Islam has NO SHADES! It is the most intolerant belief system that has ever polluted the brains of hundreds of millions of the followers of Muhammad.
    IQ al Rassooli

    IQ al Rassooli

  • Lee

    I be happy to offer Mr. Kerry a “tip”
    You are wasting your time. As long as US support israel, there may never be a long lasting peace in that part of Arab world.

    • Bryan Schmick

      Meaning that the peace loving supporters of Islam will continue to torture and kill each other as long as even one Israelite breathes?
      Once Israel is gone, where do you suppose those peace loving Muslims will look next? Do you think it might be that nation that supports such policies as gay rights, women’s suffrage, and religious freedom?

    • OfficialPro

      I think you have that entirely effing backwards. There will never be a lasting peace in the Arab world as long as people keep sabotaging Israel and undermining it at every turn.

    • defcon 4

      What you really mean is as long as the Jewish people continue to exist, don’t you Ahmed?

  • Mladen_Andrijasevic

    The cartoon Obama should hang in the Oval Office ( and Kerry as well in his)

  • defcon 4

    And to think I voted for this duplicitous pig.