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A Political Disease: Running Off At the Mouth! by The Elephant's Child

Yesterday, in a press statement,  the pompous Mr. Kerry pronounced “I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone.” On Friday, the Secretary of State spoke to a room of influential world leaders in a closed-door meeting of the Trilateral Commission and reportedly said “A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens–or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.”

(Rule One for politicians: Nothing is ever private or off the record. period.)

In his press statement, Kerry said  “I have been around long enough to also know the power of words to create a misimpression, even when unintentional, and if I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word to describe my firm belief that the only way in the long term to have a Jewish state and two nations and two peoples living side by side in peace and security is through a two state solution.”

Mr. Kerry is simply following instructions. Obama made his ideas clear in his 2009 Cairo speech. His views were formed from his friendship with Palestinian firebrand Rashid Khalidi and Bill Ayers. Ayers, Obama friend and neighbor in Chicago, former and unrepentant Weatherman terrorist, joined other tenured faculty in signing an anti Israel petition, accusing Israel of apartheid, and calling for academic boycott, disinvestment and sanctions. Khalidi speaks with a raging, uncontrolled hatred for Israel.

According to Obama’s Cairo speech, it was “undeniable” that for sixty years the Palestinians has suffered in pursuit of a homeland, endured the pain of dislocation, and been confined “in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands,” waiting, ever waiting for “a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead.” This is the worst kind of nonsense.

The “poor, suffering refugees living in squalid refugee camps” is probably an appealing image in the faculty lunchrooms, but when Palestinians turned down Israeli citizenship, the Palestinians were turned down by Jordan, though they are the same people, and by the Egyptians, who share a border with Gaza, and who use complete brutality to keep them out of Egypt.

Palestinians don’t want a separate state, they want Israel destroyed. They teach their smallest children to hate Israel, how to be jihadists. The Arabs have turned down every offer to create a Palestinian state, over and over.

Obama came to office convinced that the entire reason for “violent extremism” in the Middle East was Israel. His goal was to restart the peace process, and by forcing Israel to give in to the poor refugee Palestinians, there would be peace in the Middle East, and Obama would deserve to get another Nobel Peace Prize.

Andy McCarthy, whose book The Grand Jihad, clarifies the problems of the Middle East, offers an excerpt to explain Kerry’s embarrassing statement, and what it really means. It’s helpful to look at the Cairo speech in the current situation. Looking back, it’s a strange speech. As McCarthy says: “I do not understand how anyone who heard Obama’s Cairo speech could be remotely surprised by Kerry’s “apartheid” remarks.”



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April 29, 2014, 3:10 pm
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Sanctions, Strategic Pivots, Peace Processes: Nothing’s Working! by The Elephant's Child

From the front page of the New York Times:

TOKYO — President Obama encountered setbacks to two of his most cherished foreign-policy projects on Thursday, as he failed to achieve a trade deal that undergirds his strategic pivot to Asia and the Middle East peace process suffered a potentially irreparable breakdown.

Mr. Obama had hoped to use his visit here to announce an agreement under which Japan would open its markets in rice, beef, poultry and pork, a critical step toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the proposed regional trade pact. …

In Jerusalem, Israel’s announcement that it was suspending stalemated peace negotiations with the Palestinians, after a reconciliation between the Palestine Liberation Organization and the militant group Hamas, posed yet another obstacle to restarting a troubled peace process in which Secretary of State John Kerry has been greatly invested.

From the Wall Street Journal:

The U.S. and the European Union imposed more sanctions on Russia Monday and both the ruble and Moscow stock index rallied, the latter up 1.5% The markets didn’t take this response to the Kremlin’s war on Ukraine seriously, and neither will Vladimir Putin.

The Journal added:

Sanctions only make sense if they cause enough economic pain to make Russians begin to question the wisdom of Kremlin imperialism. Otherwise they make the West look weak and disunited. This is exactly what Mr. Putin is counting on, and so far he’s been right.




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