Benjamin Netanyahu

Kerry Launches New Assault On Israel As Trump Tells Jewish State To Stay Strong Until Jan. 20


On Wednesday, during a much anticipated and lengthy speech, Secretary of State John Kerry explained what CNN called “his vision on Mideast Peace.”

Of course, Kerry didn’t address the bloody civil war in Syria where scores of people are killed every day, nor did Obama’s top diplomat say a word about the bloodshed in Iraq or the seven million Yemenites who are now starving as a result of the civil war there.

Instead, Kerry spoke for more than an hour about Israel and the conflict with the Palestinian Arabs and his unshakable belief that there is “no viable alternative to the so-called two-state solution” to the conflict.

The outgoing secretary of state defended the decision to abstain from voting on last week’s latest anti-Israel UN Security Council solution which falsely stated that the Israeli towns and villages in Judea and Samaria are “illegal” and said the Obama administration abstained in order to “preserve the two-state solution.”

Kerry also falsely claimed that the increase of the Jewish population in the “settlements” and the continuing building in the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria are now threatening the establishment of a contiguous Palestinian state.

In fact, the hundred thousand new residents of the Jewish villages and towns who moved to the so-called West Bank since Obama became president were absorbed by existing Jewish communities and virtually all building there took place according to zoning plans within the existing boundaries of the Jewish towns and villages in Judea and Samaria.

Furthermore, the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria are built upon land that consists less than 3 percent of the landmass of the so-called “West Bank,” and the bulk of them are located in five blocs close to the so-called Green Line, also known as the 1948 armistice line.

While Kerry admitted that the settlements alone were not to blame for the absence of peace or negotiations toward a final-status accord for the conflict, he nevertheless spent roughly a third of his speech attacking Israel for continuing to build in Judea and Samaria and in what he called “East- Jerusalem.”

In fact, the new Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem that Israel built over the Green Line since 1967 are located in the north of and the south of the city and some of them were built on land purchased by Jews before the establishment of the Jewish state.

The secretary of state said Jerusalem needed to be the capital of two states: Israel and Palestine and suggested that could be done by deploying UN international police.

He called for an agreed resolution for Jerusalem as “the internationally recognized capital of two states with freedom of worship in accordance with status quo.”

“There will be no peace without having a shared capital in Jerusalem,” Kerry claimed.

While Kerry listed Palestinian incitement, violence and terror as one of the reasons there was not yet peace in the Middle East, he didn’t say a word about the Palestinian Authority’s consistent refusal to return to the negotiation table.

He also failed to mention a dramatic policy change in 2008 when the PA adopted new strategy developed by the Palestinian Strategy Study Group.

This adoption of this strategy by the Palestinian Authority is the real reason why every attempt to restart bilateral negotiations between Israel and the PA has failed ever since.

The PSSG report from August 2008 proposed that the PA should “close down the negotiation option” that had existed since 1988.

The report furthermore proposed “the elevation of ‘smart resistance’” over negotiation and called for the “orchestrated eliciting of regional and international third-party support.”

Another important recommendation of the PSSG was that the PA should make sure that the Palestinian discourse framed the international discussion on the Palestinian future.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu harshly criticized Kerry’s speech and said it was biased against Israel.

The Israeli leader also castigated Kerry for denying the Obama administration was behind the new UN Security Council resolution that condemned Israeli settlements as illegal.

He repeated that there was “absolute, incontestable” evidence of the involvement of the Administration in drawing up the resolution.

Ahead of Kerry’s speech, President-elect Donald Trump expressed his support for Israel when he fired off a tweet urging Israel to “stay strong” until Jan. 20.

His support was quickly answered by Netanyahu who reacted by thanking Trump.

“President-elect Trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support for Israel,” Netanyahu wrote on Twitter.

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