Kerry blamed Israel for demanding recognition as the Jewish state.
Of course. It's always Israel's fault.
Israel could offer every inch of land except for the Tel Aviv bus station and the talks would collapse and it would be at fault for not offering the bus station.
Israeli leaders who thought that they would prove that it was Abbas' fault by going along with the release of murderers every step of the way are right back to where they started.
US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke before the Senate on Tuesday, where he blamed Israel for the breakdown of peace talks last week.
"Israel didn't release the Palestinian prisoners on the day they were supposed to be freed, and another day passed, and another day, and then another 700 settlement units were announced in Jerusalem, and 'poof'...that was sort of the moment," remarked Kerry before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Regarding Kerry's comment about the "700 settlement units," Israel reissued a call for tenders on over 700 housing units in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo last Tuesday. A construction freeze on Jewish building in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria was not a precondition of the talks.
The fourth and final batch of terrorist releases, meant as a "gesture" for the talks, was set for March 29 but put on hold given the total lack of progress in talks, and the widespread protest to the unpopular move. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly told Kerry the release could topple his government.
The release was officially cancelled last Thursday, after Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Abbas requested to join 15 UN agencies last Tuesday, in breach of the peace talk conditions.
Let's sum up.
Israel delays the release of a final group of terrorists, who shouldn't have even been released because it's completely inappropriate to demand preemptive concessions before an agreement, and then it's at fault.
And let's not forget the "settlements" in Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world.
Meanwhile no amount of Muslim settlements creating "facts on the ground", no amount of threats of violence and actual violence, no amount of violations of agreements by the Muslim terrorists are ever the issue.
It's always Israel's fault.
Kerry further blamed Israel for demanding recognition as the Jewish state. Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas brought talks to a standstill by adamantly refusing to recognize Israel as the Jewish state.
"The government of the United States and the president supports the notion of Israel being defined as a Jewish state," Kerry noted. "We believe that that should happen. But when it happens, and how it happens, has to be part of the negotiations. It's not going to happen in the beginning."
So why are terrorist releases happening in the beginning? Because the terrorists get anything they want and Israel gets blamed the moment they aren't happy.
Noting the intensive energy that he has put into pushing the talks forward since last July, Kerry noted "there's a limit to the amount of time that Obama and I can invest in this topic with consideration to other challenges around the world, especially if the sides aren't willing to show seriousness."
Kerry and Obama can take their ball and go home. There are so many other parts of the world they can screw up instead. Pivot to Asia, Ukraine, Syria or Mars.
Israel, after two decades of concessions and countless dead, still isn't "serious" enough for Kerry and Obama.
Maybe they can find someone appropriately serious in Syria.
But don't worry, as on every other issue, Kerry was for Israel before he was against it. Back when he was running for president, he was talking in an entirely different way.
“For the entire 20 years that I have been in the United States Senate, I’m proud that my commitment to a secure Jewish state has been unwavering; not even by one vote or one letter or one resolution has it wavered,” Kerry said to the applause of the ADL audience.
"I was allowed to fly an air force jet from the Ovda Airbase. It was then that Israeli insecurity about narrow borders became very real to me. In a matter of minutes, I came close to violating the airspace of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. From that moment on, I felt as Israelis do: The promise of peace must be secure before the Promised Land is secure on a thin margin of land."
"I will never forget a moment on top of Masada, when I stood on that great plateau where the oath of new soldiers used to be sworn against the desert backdrop and the test of history. I had spent several hours with Yadin Roman debating whether or not Josephus Flavius was correct in his account of the siege - whether these really were the last Jews fighting for survival - whether they had escaped since no remains were ever found. After our journey through history - which we resolved with a vote in favor of history as recorded - we stood as a group at the end of the cliff and altogether we shouted across the chasm - across the desert - Am Yisrael Chai. And across the silence we listened as voices came back - faintly we heard the echo of the souls of those who perished - Am Yisrael Chai. The State of Israel lives. The people of Israel live.
"In this difficult time we must again reaffirm we are enlisted for the duration - and reaffirm our belief that the cause of Israel must be the cause of America - and the cause of people of conscience everywhere."
John Kerry, he'll say anything. Absolutely anything.