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Israel is NOT Amused with Sec. Kerry's Antics

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jan 10, 2014 at 16:05

It has been observed before that American Administrative Secretary of State Kerry's services would have served better elsewhere; but unfortunately for the Israeli's and the Middle East, his agenda for the region can be encapsulated in his statements regarding Benjamin Netanyahu and his comments directed to the Israeli PM: get with the program; or else. The Secretary's posture is disingenuous at the onset; and for the long term attempts of peace, the efforts will produce no such lasting results. Why: because the Arab heart is not in it. Kerry seems to want to ignore that and will only get another hudna at best.

Dr. Pipes' article seems to have a considerable retinue of thought through Israeli sources. The 'Palestinian' perspective may be harder to fathom from an American viewpoint and Dr. Pipes has provided some insight that may illuminate the difficulties when watching Kerry go through his routine. The Secretary seems to want to continue in getting concessions from Israel because it is obvious he has bought into the Abbas worldview, hook, line, and sinker. But all of this has been rhetorically gone through before; how does one get past it to the future aspects? That is not easily done from a world perspective.

To say that Secretary Kerry is just not in touch with reality is a good lead in line; but realize Kerry is in good company with a variety of people that are just as oblivious or worse, even more so. If this were not true, why were the agreements of previous presidents and leaders in the Middle East not considered binding by dyed in the wool 'Palestinian' interests. Photo ops of smiling Arafat concluding his agreements with Clinton and the like tell a story of delusion and fantasy and the same can be assumed here.

But suppose Kerry does get some sort of concession from Israel (again after the latest prisoner release)? Like a merry-go-round stopping intermittently to pick up passengers, the stops being made are for the joy of a ride that when it's over, so is the fun: then what? There is, of course, the deeper issue, which we read of in the extract that goes back to a previous observation of Dr. Pipes: the American Administrative Chief Executive's focus on "a strange belief mainly on the Left, rarely stated overtly, that this issue is key not just to the Middle East but to world problems." Make this connection, and then Sec. Kerry's 'obsession' makes more sense.

The comment that Sec. Kerry tries bending reality to fit his own thinking is not limited to his current efforts. Remember that Candidate Kerry tried using his river boat experience for his presidental bid, only to find his version did not fit the other recorded versions all that well. One wonders what the syllabus reads that he is trying to follow in his quest for the Middle East 'solution.' Ultimately, what this will do when things begin contradicting his efforts is that there will be a surprise when he finds Israel is not buying what he is selling; that they will operate on their own in spite of his warning: get with the program; or else.

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