“Today’s status quo absolutely, to a certainty, I promise you 100 percent, cannot be maintained. It’s not sustainable. It’s illusionary,” Kerry stated on Saturday night at the Munich Security Conference. “You see for Israel there’s an increasing de-legitimization campaign that has been building up [. . .] there are talk of boycotts and other kinds of things. Are we all going to be better with all of that?”
That same status quo which can’t be maintained to a certainty has been maintained for two decades. But who are you going to believe when it comes to foreign policy; history or Kerry?
Last November, Kerry threatened that Israel would face a “Third Intifada” – or violent uprising – if talks did not end with a “Palestinian state” in Judea and Samaria.
“Failure of the talks will increase Israel’s isolation in the world,” Kerry said then. “The alternative to getting back to the talks is a potential of chaos. I mean, does Israel want a third intifada?”
What’s next, the death of the firstborn?
State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki took to Twitter Sunday to defend the remarks of US Secretary of State John Kerry, who threatened Israel with boycotts if peace talks fail.
“Secretary Kerry has a proud record of over 3 decades of staunch support for Israel’s security and well-being, including staunch opposition to boycotts.”
That proud record includes supporting Code Pink.
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon responded to Kerry’s threats of boycotts, saying “we respect Secretary of State Kerry but will not hold talks with a gun to our head. Friends don’t put ultimatums on the security of the state of Israel.”
“We will make decisions that guard the interests of the state of Israel,” Danon continued. “If we made choices based on the various forecasts of boycotts, we wouldn’t be here today.”
So that’s the Defense Minister and the Deputy Defense Minister who have both come out against Kerry. Also the Strategic Affairs Minister…
Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said Israel would not negotiate with “a gun pointed at its head,” especially when its vital national interests are at stake.
The traditional US negotiating strategy was to point the gun at the Israeli head in private. Kerry is doing it in public which is the sort of treatment you mete out to enemies you are determined to humiliate.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is not a fair mediator in peace talks because he has “anti-Israel roots,” MK Motti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi) said Thursday.
“Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is acting under Kerry’s obsessive pressure, which may have anti-Semitic undertones,” Yogev told Israel Radio. “Kerry is not here to reach a compromise. He wants to decrease the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel and create a Palestinian state.”
The Bayit Yehudi MK also pointed out that Kerry ate hummus with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the past and called him a good friend.
America’s enemies are Kerry’s friends. America’s friends are Kerry’s enemies.
At the opening of the Cabinet session, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said international pressure on Israel harms peace efforts because it causes the Palestinians to harden their positions.
“Attempts to impose a boycott on the State of Israel are immoral and unjust,” Netanyahu said, and he said “they will not achieve their goal.”
Kerry clearly thinks that they will. And he has a plan.
Kerry is mulling the option of delivering a speech directly to the Israeli public which would be similar to a “state of the union” address. The secretary has instructed officials in the American embassy to begin examining the logistical and practical aspects of a Kerry speech.
A Kerry speech? Well I’m sure that will convince everyone.