JERUSALEM, May 24, 2013 ― U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wasn’t the only whirlwind visitor to the
Though it is Kerry who has come yet again to engage in shuttle diplomacy between
“We ask the United States to make a massive effort, the biggest effort in 20 years, to bring new momentum to the Middle East peace process, and I’m very pleased that the secretary of state is putting in that effort,” Hague said, following a meeting with Netanyahu in Jerusalem and then Abbas (whom he called “a courageous man of peace”) in Ramallah. “This cannot just stand still. It is becoming much more urgent as the weeks and months go by …”
It beggars belief that such sentiments come on the heels of a vicious Islamic terrorist attack in the streets of
Indeed, no matter how often it is proven that the Palestinian Authority ― like the radical Muslims in the Arab world and in the West ― considers the entire state of Israel to be a temporary “catastrophe” that must and will be eliminated, American, European and even many Israeli leaders continue to suggest that Israeli settlements are an “obstacle.”
These leaders prefer to listen to the likes of P.L.O. executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi reiterate the party line ― and lie. As Ashrawai repeated in an interview this week on CNN, “give [us] negotiations that have credibility, meaning legality, and bring
In fact, it is the Israelis who have been “bitten,” and a lot more than twice, from negotiations with an entity bent on its destruction.
Still, Kerry talks about the issue as though it were merely a matter of ironing out mutual hostility and a border dispute that requires creative solutions.
“I know this region well enough to know that there is skepticism; in some corridors, there’s cynicism,” Kerry said on Thursday. “And there are reasons for it. There have been bitter years of disappointment. It is our hope that by being methodical, careful, patient, but detailed and tenacious, that we can lay out a path ahead that could conceivably surprise people, but certainly exhaust the possibilities of peace.”
This is a case of cognitive dissonance if there ever was one.
In the immediate aftermath of the jihadist
Following the meat-cleaver butchering on Wednesday of 25-year-old British soldier Lee Rigby by two men screaming “Allahu Akbar [God is great],” British Prime Minister David Cameron responded, “This country will be absolutely resolute in its stand against violent extremism and terror.”
On Thursday, U.S. President Barack Obama reacted to the brutal butchering by stating: “The
Interesting that neither noticed what was going on in the Palestinian Authority this month, in the interim between the
In the days leading up to May 15, the anniversary of the declaration of the state of
“[W]e will raise the Palestinian flag at the entrance to every village and town in
Not one of the cities mentioned here is even on the negotiating table, such as it is ― or isn’t. The official P.A. media, run by Abbas and his henchmen, do not recognize the 1967 borders, as can be seen by its flags of “
And while on the subject of national banners, this week Palestinians flew a swastika-emblazoned flag on electricity lines near a mosque in a village outside of
Kerry can keep returning to the region every few weeks with hope in his heart, and Hague can go home convinced that Israel doesn’t take the “urgency” of a two-state solution seriously enough. But it will do them no good.
This is just as well for Israelis. Every time talk of peace causes us to concede anything to the P.A., we end up getting bombed, butchered and blitzed like there’s no tomorrow.
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