Secretary of State John Kerry, who serves at the pleasure of President Barack Obama and undoubtedly does what is expected of him, has come down on the side of the terrorist organization Hamas. There’s a reason Obama chose Kerry to lead the State Department, it takes an especially warped mind to side with terrorists over a once strong American ally.
When The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff first reported the content of John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal on Friday afternoon, I wondered if something had gotten lost in translation. It seemed inconceivable that the American secretary of state would have drafted an initiative that, as a priority, did not require the dismantling of Hamas’s rocket arsenal and network of tunnels dug under the Israeli border. Yet the reported text did not address these issues at all, nor call for the demilitarization of Gaza.
It seemed inconceivable that the secretary’s initiative would specify the need to address Hamas’s demands for a lifting of the siege of Gaza, as though Hamas were a legitimate injured party acting in the interests of the people of Gaza — rather than the terror group that violently seized control of the Strip in 2007, diverted Gaza’s resources to its war effort against Israel, and could be relied upon to exploit any lifting of the “siege” in order to import yet more devastating weaponry with which to kill Israelis. (Read More)
So, how did Kerry come up with this ceasefire proposal? Well, it certainly wasn’t through working with the Israelis, who reacted with “horror” when they heard of it.
Israel was also fuming Saturday over the tactics followed by Secretary Kerry since Friday night in his ceasefire quest.
Kerry flew to Paris and held talks Saturday without representatives of Israel, the Palestinian Authority or Egypt, but with Qatar and Turkey, which Israel’s Communications Minister Gilad Erdan said showed “we’re a long way from a political solution.”
Privately, Israeli sources signaled deep dismay that Kerry engaged in the talks in Paris with representatives of Turkey, whose leadership is openly hostile to Israel, and Qatar, whose leadership is seen by Israel to be representing Hamas’s interests. Egypt was also understood to be deeply dissatisfied with Kerry’s tactics.
Israeli government sources also privately contradicted Kerry’s assertion Friday that his ceasefire proposal was “built on” the Egyptian proposal from last Tuesday. Far from resembling the Egyptian proposal, which urges an immediate ceasefire followed by negotiation, the Kerry proposal leans heavily toward Hamas, the sources said, in tying Hamas preconditions to a cessation of hostilities. (Read More)
I wish that was all, but of course, it’s even worse. Kerry worked out his proposal despite reports that Hamas has entered into an arms deal with North Korea.
Netanyahu said on Sunday that Hamas had fired 2,000 rockets in recent days, forcing Israeli’s hand. “I mean, we didn’t seek this escalation,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Hamas forced it on us. They started rocketing our cities, steadily increasing the fire.”
That appears to be irrelevant to President Obama. Also, irrelevant to him is the arms deal allegedly being worked out with N. Korea, if the telegraph is accurate in their reporting. At least he hasn’t addressed the issue. He went golfing today at the renowned Congressional Country Club course according to White House Dossier, but feel reassured that he has his teleprompter with him in case he needs to give yet another speech.
In a telegraph exclusive, Hamas has paid North Korea for missiles and communications equipment in an arms deal worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The deal will allow them to continue their offensive against Israel.
A Lebanese trading company is allegedly brokering the deal with a cash down payment already having been made. They are eager to get Pyongyang to provide hundreds of missiles together with communications equipment that they will use to attack Israelis.
The Obama-Kerry donation of $47 million to Hamas is very timely. (Read More)
Why are our tax dollars going to Hamas? They’re no better than al Qaeda! The doctrine of the Obama administration is more like a question: “How can we make things worse?” They never fail to answer that question, in as many ways as possible. Then they claim the world is more tranquil. Good grief.
Bookworm Room has more. Also see what John Podhoretz had to say in Commentary Magazine. Oh, and be sure to listen to what a young Israeli woman has to say about this war, what she and her family have lived through, and how it’s all getting worse.
Most of the links above were found at Bad Blue.