How much do Obama and Kerry hate Israel? The answer should surprise no one. These “anonymous” quotes from top officials place all the blame on Israel while giving a blank check to the other side. They claim that the peace process collapsed because of Israeli “settlements”, rather than Abbas’ repeated sabotage and demands.
It’s the same old lies but without any padding. And top officials at the State Department don’t give anonymous quotes unless they serve the larger agenda. These aren’t rogue officials. They represent Obama’s anti-Israel policy.
The American team will be disbanded in the coming days – most of it, or all of it. Kerry has yet to decide what he is going to do – whether he will wait several months and then try to renew his effort, or release the principles of an agreement formulated by the Americans.
Which is exactly what it was promised he wouldn’t do, but this was always the endgame. Release the Kerry/Obama plan that calls for carving up Israel and Jerusalem.
The officials keep ranting about Israeli “settlements”, by which they include Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, even though those were never conditions of the negotiations. Meanwhile they dismiss Abbas’ violations of the actual conditions.
“At this point, it’s very hard to see how the negotiations could be renewed, let alone lead to an agreement. Towards the end, Abbas demanded a three-month freeze on settlement construction.”
After demanding and getting the release of numerous terrorists… without actually conceding anything.
But Team Kerry presents Abbas’ demand no. 20 as entirely reasonable. And that says a lot about why the negotiations failed.
Asked about whether Obama should have been more involved…
“No. Usually, the president’s involvement is very important… But this case is different. Kerry has invested a lot in his personal relationship with Netanyahu. They talked on the phone three times a week and sometimes three times a day. There were video conference calls and close to 70 meetings.”
“The relationship of trust between Kerry and Netanyahu was crucial to ensure that Netanyahu tempered his positions and moved forward. The president does not have the time for such a long-term effort – and besides, there are many rifts between Obama and Netanyahu.”
So Obama is very busy… doing what? Playing golf? Fundraisers? White House concerts? Say what you will about Carter and Clinton, they did actually put in a lot of hours.
Obama can’t be bothered to work, but his creepy minions always find the time for smear campaigns like these.
“At the end of a war there is a sense of urgency,” they said. And then one of them added bitterly: “I guess we need another intifada to create the circumstances that would allow progress.”
Team Kerry sure do like to propose intifadas… It’s almost as if they think like terrorists.
“In the 21st century, the world will not keep tolerating the Israeli occupation.”
Yet of course they will go on tolerating every occupation out there…
The world is being self-righteous. It closes its eyes to China’s takeover of Tibet, it stutters at what Russia’s doing to Ukraine.
“Israel is not China. It was founded by a UN resolution. Its prosperity depends on the way it is viewed by the international community.”
To sum up, the world will ignore occupations when the countries are determined to perpetuate them.
“But while we were focusing on efforts to soften the Israeli side, announcements of new housing tenders in settlements limited Abbas’ ability to show flexibility.”
What flexibility did Abbas show? He continued escalating his demands and disruptions.
“Abbas went into these talks a skeptic. Actually, they were all skeptics, but his doubts focused on Netanyahu. The Oslo Accords were Netanyahu’s creation.”
The Oslo Accords were the work of Peres and Rabin. So we can assume these top US officials have no clue about basic facts involving the peace process… and yet they were responsible for the negotiations.
“In February, Abbas arrived at a Paris hotel for a meeting with Kerry. He had a lingering serious cold. ‘I’m under a lot of pressure,’ he complained. ‘I’m sick of this.’ He rejected all of Kerry’s ideas. A month later, in March, he was invited to the White House. Obama presented the American-formulated principles verbally – not in writing. Abbas refused.
“The claim on your side that Abbas was avoiding making decisions is not true. He wasn’t running away, he was just stuck.”
When Netanyahu doesn’t agree to the latest proposal, he’s destroying the peace process with his refusal to make concessions. When Abbas doesn’t agree, he’s just stuck.
Honest broker. No bias to see here.
Predictably they praise Livni while bashing Netanyahu indicating that these quotes are an attempt at moving a left-wing government into power.
“Perhaps someone in Israel will reconsider their positions? Why is a three-month settlement construction freeze such a big deal? Why not draw a map? You have a great interest in an accord reached by mutual consent, rather than one reached as a result of external pressures. Drawing a map should’ve been stage one.”
Israel already did a 9 month settlement freeze to no avail. Abbas still wouldn’t talk. It still got blamed.
And drawing a map at Stage One means that by the end, the map will cover all of Israel since Team Kerry enthusiastically embraces every Abbas demand while bashing Israel for not going along.
Will Kerry present the principles you formulated; the map, the security arrangements, the agreement’s components?
“It’s still a possibility.”