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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?

Why, if Palestinians are so eager and desperate to get a state, do they not … try to get one? Has anyone considered the logic of their public positions?

Why should Israel have to again make a concession of freeing Palestinian terrorists who murdered Israeli civilians to get peace talks?

Especially when the Palestinian Authority — and those previously released — have returned to murder!

Why dd the U.S. promise to Israel that it would support the 1947 ceasefire lines plus settlement blocks as its new borders even get mentioned in the coverage, when the U.S. made a conflicting promise of the precise 1947 ceasefire lines to the Palestinians? This was a huge break of a promise to Israel, as the promise was the basis for Israeli concessions.

Why should any future U.S. guarantee from this administration to Israel be believed?

These are only some of the questions that should be raised. The public debate is being conducted on a false, sloppy, inaccurate basis in which the mainstream media and the U.S. government can’t even get their faces straight and remember what happened a few years ago.

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1 year ago
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Too bad I did not copy.
1 year ago
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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!!
1 year ago
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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!
1 year ago
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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.
1 year ago
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The funny thing is, this is the first I've even heard about it at all. They threw a photo-op and nobody came.
1 year ago
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Except some terrorists murderers, who were freed wghen no-one was looking.
1 year ago
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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.
1 year ago
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So can they please leave us alone, then?
1 year ago
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Negotiating with people whose national charter, governmental policies and popular culture ALL demand your extermination is both futile and foolish.
1 year 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.
1 year ago
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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.
1 year ago
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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.
1 year ago
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Sailboats fear John Kerry.
1 year ago
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What will Kerry do after the Palestinians eat his lunch for him? The big tool.
1 year ago
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"Why dd the U.S. promise to Israel that it would support the 1947 ceasefire lines plus settlement blocks as its new borders even get mentioned in the coverage, when the U.S. made a conflicting promise of the precise 1947 ceasefire lines to the Palestinians?"

I assume you're referring to the *1949* ceasefire lines (aka the armistice lines), which the Obama administration keeps referring to as the 1967 lines. Of course there were TWO lines in 1967: those of June 4, and those of June 11.

Rubin asks further, "Why should any future U.S. guarantee from this administration to Israel be believed?" It's been clear for four years, since Obama and Clinton insisted that the Bush-Sharon understanding from 2005 was not binding, that US guarantees aren't worth what they once were.
1 year ago
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And worse, there is no "line'. There is a big space between them, and lots of people live there.
1 year ago
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