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Let’s consider what has just happened. A farce.

Just as shocking is the lack of outrage by mainstream journalists and foreign policy opinion-makers. This has required the slanderous consignment of normal and proper and competent foreign policy practices — as would have been demanded and done at any time in U.S. history — to silly partisanship that isn’t even worth discussing.

The United States of America officially announced the resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, when they are nowhere near arranged. The mass media breathlessly followed each claim, and got the reporting wrong.

Yet no one seems to have noticed. No one pointed out why there will not be serious talks. No one pointed out that the Palestinians have refused to negotiate for 13 years. No one pointed out the PA cannot negotiate peace, because it cannot commit the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to anything.

Nobody in the media pointed out that the United States is supposed to be on Israel’s side, or why the settlements are not the sticking-point problem for peace.

Has this level of Middle East foreign policy amateurism on the part of the U.S. and the media happened before? Yes, and also under Obama. In late 2010, President Obama announced at the UN that talks would soon restart at Camp David, though both parties were not on board. Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed; the Palestinians refused.

Is there a pattern here?

Does anyone notice that the Palestinians keep demanding more preconditions and Israeli concessions, and never make it to the table?

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38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Too bad I did not copy.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Why can't we have a leader with the guts to put his foot down and say "No!" and mean it? Netanyahu assured everyone he wouldn't make a deal for terrorists to be released or building to stop in the disputed areas. Then Kerry pushed and Netanyahu crumbled!!
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
just as Heather said I am shocked that any body can profit $5264 in 4 weeks on the internet. have you seen this page http://www.max47.com
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
If this regime were not enough of a menace to Israel, now we have leaked that Israel has submarine launched cruise missile ability (5 July attack on Latakia, Syria to destroy Russian provided anti-ship missiles to Hezbollah). I was fortunate to spend some time training in Israel and got to know many IDF soldiers on a personal basis. I admire their positive outlook in the face of constant danger. Sadly, this regime outwardly professes its bias and racist hatred of Israel, and Israel has no choice but to go along with the ridicule and embarrassment as they depend on our military aid to keep their families safe from the "barbarians at the gate." Israel also prays for the day that they no longer have an enemy in the White Mosque, but again a true friend.

Remember BENGHAZI!
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
This isn't a farce. It's a serious exercise in encouraging terrorism by letting murderers loose. That's on Abbas end; by the standard definition, Abbas is the only sane person around, because he keeps on doing the same thing over and over and getting good results (from his viewpoint).

As far as Obama and Kerry are concerned, it's a good chance to get some media props, and if a few eggs get broken - well, Jewish lives never counted for much, anyway.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
The funny thing is, this is the first I've even heard about it at all. They threw a photo-op and nobody came.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Except some terrorists murderers, who were freed wghen no-one was looking.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
When the goal is to make sure that Israel remains a 'pariah' nation nothing else matters. Facts are fungible and that is that. And if not for the lying media little of this would be possible.
Most significantly, there is a business, a full-on industry, called 'peace'. And whenever, mega rich, powerful busybodies need their fix they enter into the 'business of peace' - http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/22/when-leftist-mega-rich-peace-obsessed-instigators-get-involved-what-can-go-wrong-everything-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki-111/

But let's be very clear: if not for Israel's ruling left, its powerful civil society elites, the 'peace process' would be DOA. In fact, Israel's never gonna retire President, Shimon Peres (an erstwhile Peace Prize recipient!) infamously intoned: 'sacrifices for peace' are necessary! So far, there are many thousands of Jewish graveyards, as well as thousands more maimed for life, attesting to his formula for 'peace'!

Case closed.

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Maybe the reason that there is no outrage is because no one took this seriously from the beginning. The crux of the Middle East is Syria (and possibly expanding into Iraq now), and nothing else. Syria is what will decide the future of the Middle East for the forseeable future. And there is where your attention should be focused.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
So can they please leave us alone, then?
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Negotiating with people whose national charter, governmental policies and popular culture ALL demand your extermination is both futile and foolish.
38 weeks ago
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It has nothing to do with us. The US is forcing us to.

Not that there's any harm in talking, it's the side-condiitons that are the problem. A freeze means you can't build a porch on your hiouse. It means all of your moeny is tied up in an apartment, and then you can't build. It's torturing real people for no reason.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Well, yes, but it all started with Oslo, which never really ends. True, Bush 41 and Clinton pressured Rabin and predecessors towards Oslo, but Rabin and Peres, having won a whopping 42% of the popular vote in Israel in 1992, went full speed ahead. So there - it's also us.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Kerry will get even less done than Hillary. Forget about any progress anywhere with Obama milquetoast in charge. Who's afraid of us now? Not Congress, not the Senate, not the UN, certainly not the Middle East.
38 weeks ago
38 weeks ago Link To Comment
Sailboats fear John Kerry.
38 weeks ago
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