JERUSALEM, July 10, 2013 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was scheduled to arrive in the
This is just as well.
It is true that
It is also clear that American interests are not being served by any or all of the above. But none of it is even remotely related to the purpose of Kerry’s repeated visits to the region – so far five since March.
No, what the
Even if such preconditions (i.e. the 1949 armistice lines as the starting point and the release of massive numbers of terrorists in Israeli prisons) did not constitute suicide for the Jewish state, meeting them would not result in anything resembling peace.
Last week, while State Department representatives remained in Israel to continue persuading “both sides” to sit down at the negotiating table, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he has been prepared to do so all along, without preconditions, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ official television station treated its viewers to a sweet little feature, ahead of the Ramadan holiday that begins Wednesday.
In it, two little Palestinian girls recite a poem, introduced by a doting TV host. The broadcast was released by Palestinian Media Watch on Sunday.
The following is the English transcript:
Girl 1 — “I do not fear the rifle because your throngs are in delusion and ignorant herds.
“Oh, you who murdered Allah’s pious prophets,
“Oh, you who were brought up on spilling blood
“You have been condemned to humiliation and hardship.
“Oh Sons of Zion, oh most evil among creations
“Oh barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs.”
Girl 2 — “
“Because Jerusalem, you impure ones, is pious, immaculate
“And Jerusalem, you who are filth, is clean and pure.
“I do not fear barbarity.
“As long as my heart is my Quran and my city
“As long as I have my arm and my stones
“As long as I am free and do not barter my cause
“I will not fear your throngs
“I will not fear the rifle.” (PATV, July 3, 2013)
Such ongoing expressions of Jew hatred and
Indeed, according to the most recent “Peace Index Poll,” conducted monthly by the Israel Democracy Institute and
If Kerry’s endeavor were merely an exercise in futility, it could be dismissed as yet another example of the American administration’s overall foreign policy impotence. The trouble is that
And what the White House and State Department are ignoring is that a Palestinian entity that refers to “sons of
As long as
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