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July 27, 2014 - 1:37 pm

A very harsh assessment comes from an Israeli government source on the efforts of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to broker a ceasefire late last week.

The Times of Israel is reporting that a government official told Israeli Channel 2 that Kerry “dug a tunnel under the Egyptian ceasefire proposal” which was accepted by Israel on Friday, and gave the Israeli government a text that accepted most of the demands made by Hamas.

To the “horror” of the Israeli ministers, the Kerry proposal accepted Hamas’s demands for the opening of border crossings into Gaza — where Israel and Egypt fear the import of weaponry; the construction of a seaport; and the creation of a post-conflict funding channel for Hamas from Qatar and other countries, according to the sources. The proposal, meanwhile, did not even provide for Israel to continue demolishing the Hamas network of “terror tunnels” dug under the Israeli border.

Rather than provoke an open diplomatic confrontation with the United States, the report said, the appalled ministers chose not to issue an official statement rejecting the Kerry terms. Instead, word of the decision was allowed to leak out.

The cabinet was meeting again on Saturday night to discuss all aspects of the 19-day conflict with Hamas. Ongoing efforts were being made to reformulate the ceasefire terms, Israeli sources said.

Channel 2′s diplomatic reporter Udi Segal said “voices” from the cabinet had described Kerry as “negligent,” “lacking the ability to understand” the issues, and “incapable of handling the most basic matters.”

Yep. That’s our Johnny. No one has ever accused Kerry of being the brightest bulb in the room, and this pretty much confirms everyone’s previous opinion of him.

The Channel 2 report said that some of those involved in the contacts with Kerry had suggested that “perhaps there was some kind of misunderstanding” or that Kerry “was only presenting a draft” of the offer, but the secretary himself gave no indication that this was the case when he expressed his disappointment that no ceasefire had been agreed during a press conference in Cairo on Friday night.

In fact, it makes you wonder which side Kerry is on.

Noting that the US secretary chose to hold Saturday’s talks without representatives of Israel, the Palestinian Authority or Egypt, Erdan said this showed “we’re a long way from a political solution.”

Privately, Israeli leaders have signaled deep dismay that Kerry engaged in 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, and not to include Israel, the PA or Egypt.

Israeli government sources also privately contradicted Kerry’s assertion Friday that his ceasefire proposal was “built on” an Egyptian proposal from last Tuesday, which Israel accepted and Hamas rejected. 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.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan said recently, “Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism.” Nice company you’re keeping there, Mr. Secretary.

Maybe it’s for the better that we have Kerry bumbling and fumbling around in the Middle East. His incompetence gives Israel a perfect excuse to continue their attack on Hamas. Imagine a competent secretary of state. If history is a guide, we would have had a ceasefire by now. Kerry is the only U.S. secretary of state in 20 years unable to negotiate an end to hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians.

That’s the kind of accomplishment we’ve come to expect from him.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Benjamin. Don't pay attention to this Jew hating diplomat. Go all in. We're sick of Hamas .they have proved more than once their unwillingness to live in normal society. Like rabid rats they must exterminated without prejudice. Kill them all. Get it done.
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Maybe Kerry is "unable to negotiate a ceasefire" precisely because 20 years of American Secretaries of State have repeatedly arm-twisted such worthless ceasefires into place, thereby preventing the Israelis time and time again from dealing with Hamas as it should have been dealt with.

There is no merit in yet another "cease-fire" that Hamas will again violate as it has every prior such "agreement." There is merit in subjecting Hamas and the people who voted for it to overwhelming, crushing, painful, humiliating defeat.
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Any American Jew who votes Democrat in November is casting a vote for
Hamas!
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Joe Biden, John Kerry, Chuck Hagel...
Barack Obama is George Jefferson - cocky, arrogant, self-absorbed - and his cabinet is that big dumb white guy married to Weezy's best friend - there for no other purpose than to make George look smart by comparison. Our country's executive branch is an episode of Amos 'n' Andy being played out in whiteface.
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Joe Biden, John Kerry, Chuck Hagel...
Barack Obama is George Jefferson - cocky, arrogant, self-absorbed - and his cabinet is that big dumb white guy married to Weezy's best friend - there for no other purpose than to make George look smart by comparison. Our country's executive branch is an episode of Amos 'n' Andy being played out in whiteface.
16 weeks ago
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Kerry is doing his boss ' bidding. Obama wants to help Hamas as much as he can. This is not incompetence but malevolence.
16 weeks ago
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Israel can make their own cease fire - simply finish the job at hand.

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Noting that the US secretary chose to hold Saturday’s talks without representatives of Israel, the Palestinian Authority or Egypt, Erdan said this showed “we’re a long way from a political solution.”
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Not to worry - Kerry - AKA 'the ego' was present. What a pompous ass!

16 weeks ago
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Which will only work for 3-4 years, then Hamas will be fully armed again.

Only this time, with better weapons.

And this is going to keep going until Hamas gets a nuke.

There's no military solution against radical Islam, at least not one that the West will employ/condone. We need to start fighting the culture war, right now radical Islam is basically unopposed with the left collaborating in the name of multiculturism, and the right too afraid to stand up for Western values for fear of being called racist.
16 weeks ago
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The Israeli cabinet should just ignore Kerry and his boss.
Everyone else does.
16 weeks ago
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Kerry's a schmuck, there I said it. Now I feel better :)
16 weeks ago
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John Kerry is incompetent. That is why he got the job. Obama appoints incompetents to critical positions to undermine the credibility of the United States. Kerry is the second Secretary of State that he has appointed, Hillary Cllinton, who accomplished nothing. (Except the reset (?) with the Russian Federation). His domestic appointments are the same: Secretary of Energy Seven Chu, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and Agency head of the EPA Gina McCarthy.
Honestly people, what is your credibility ranking of these appointments? It's deliberate and it's working. How much confidence do you have in your government? 2014 elections must change the direction our country is going. GET OUT AND VOTE THEM OUT!!
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No. No. No.

Kerry is not "incompetent". He is a freaking Commie-puke who has found his resting place in this administration.

Kerry is incredibly competent.
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The Gaza flotilla would have offloaded at a port. Which means Gaza already has one.

If the wanted to upgrade the port, they already could have done so with the money and concrete they had instead building a tunnel into Israel.
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And just to be clear, this is not merely the opinion of the Israeli "right wing." No, John Kerry has managed to achieve the near impossible in uniting the entire gamut of Israeli political opinion (AND the PLO!) against him.

Much of what Moran quotes is from an Op-Ed by David Horowitz who is either middle of the road or moderately left depending on your point of view. And Horowitz in turn quoted an utterly *scathing* HaAretz OpEd which actually went beyond Horowitz' denunciation. I can't quote from it because HaAretz is behind a paywall -- but HaAretz, is absolutely positively 100% fully Left Wing. So for HaAretz to lambaste Dudley Do-Right, you *know* -- you *must* know that he truly did F*ck up.
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