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July 28, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Is this more of that “smart diplomacy” we’ve heard so much about?

The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a “misinformation campaign” against the top American diplomat.

“It’s simply not the way partners and allies treat each other,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Her comments were echoed by the White House, where officials said they were disappointed by Israeli reports that cast Kerry’s efforts to negotiate a cease-fire as more favorable to Hamas.

“Israel has no better friend, no stronger defender than John Kerry,” said Tony Blinken, President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser. He said the criticism of Kerry was based on “people leaking things that are either misinformed or attempting to misinform.”

Does an ally try to impose a cease-fire when its friend is making good progress in defeating terrorists? That’s what the U.S. is doing to Israel right now. Does an ally try to force its friend back to indefensible borders? That’s what President Obama has been doing to Israel for years.

The U.S. is angry over reports that are being written in Israeli media. Would the U.S. want Israel’s government to stifle the independent media?

As Kerry returned from the region over the weekend, Israeli media commentators leveled almost nonstop criticism of his attempts to bring Qatar and Turkey — two countries viewed by Israel as strong Hamas supporters — into the cease-fire negotiations. Kerry was also accused of abandoning some of Israel’s key demands during the negotiations, including demilitarizing Gaza.

In trying to implement the cease-fire over the weekend, “U.S. Secretary of State of State John Kerry ruined everything,” wrote columnist Ari Shavit in Monday’s Haaretz, Israel’s leading liberal newspaper. “Very senior officials in Jerusalem described the proposal that Kerry put on the table as a ‘strategic terrorist attack.’”

Jen Psaki, State Department spokeswoman of “promise of hashtag” infamy, doesn’t seem to understand how real diplomacy works.

U.S. officials disputed the notion that Kerry had formally presented a proposal and cast the document in question as a draft given to the Israelis as part of an effort to gain their input in seeking a weeklong cessation of hostilities. Officials said the draft was based on an earlier Egyptian cease-fire proposal that Israel had accepted but Hamas had rejected.

Psaki said the U.S. was “surprised and obviously disappointed” to see the draft proposal made public. She also argued that there was a difference between the characterization of Kerry’s handling of the negotiations by Israeli media and what government officials were telling the U.S. privately.

“No one is calling to complain about the secretary’s handling of the situation,” Psaki said.

Right. They’re showing the world what you’d planned as a way of protesting it without having to call you up and directly, formally protest it. That’s a mild protest that signals displeasure but does not put the alliance itself at risk. Israel will call up a few steps from now, if it sees Kerry continuing to act against Israel’s interests.

Psaki and her sidekick, Marie Harf, continue to show why it’s inadvisable to put campaign operatives in charge of diplomacy. Their attack and respond style just is not suitable to the job of managing America’s alliances and less amicable relationships around the world.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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By his 20 year attendance in Jeromy Wright's so-called church, by his saying "The Arabic Call to Prayer is the most beautiful sound on Earth", by his celebrating Ramadan in the White House, by his 2009 speech in Cairo praising Islam, by his call to go back to the pre 1967 war borders, by his giving the Muslim Brotherhood and their auxiliaries entrance to the White House, the State Department and even the military, by his deep bowing to the Saudi King, by his declaring "The future does not belong to those who insult the prophet of Islam" - By each of these things Obama's calling is plainly revealed. That all united should have failed to enlighten the competent inquirer is almost inconceivable.
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#PutaPsakInIt
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“Israel has no better friend, no stronger defender than John Kerry”

God I hate this rhetorical device...and because they're all a bunch of malignant narcissists, they are addicted to its use.

It's like Obama's “No one is angrier than I am” shtick.

Notice the change of emphasis: “We strongly support Israel” puts the focus on our support or Israel...”Israel has no better friend than John Kerry” makes it about all John Kerry. It's always...Always!...about self-glorification with these people.
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I can see how patriotic people on this site are, when they take another countries side in an political dispute.
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Yes, because taking the side of a fellow American with a stupid idea is SO much more 'patriotic' than supporting the aggrieved party in a military conflict!
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Country's
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"...they take another countries (sic) side..."

In this case, the other country and its leaders and representatives are so much more intelligent and credible (not to mention right) than our own cast of self-serving characters, to wit, clueless John, spineless Barry and brain dead spokesgirls at the state department.

(Do you liberals even know about possessives in the English language ?)
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You got me. All "liberals" have failed to grasp how to use possessives in the English language, but are capable of doing so in other languages. How did you find out? Anyway, you are deciding that Israel's geopolitical needs are more important than those of your own Country. Some would say that is traitorous thinking. I am assuming you are an American citizen.
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"...you are deciding that Israel's geopolitical needs are more important than those of your own Country. Some would say that is traitorous thinking."

Excuse me ?

For the record Brian (not that I expect it to sink into your cranium), Israel is protecting itself from abject assassins and morons to its west (there are others to its north) whose sole objective is to wipe it off the map.
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Could you explain the statement: "deciding that Israel's geopolitical needs are more important than those of your own Country".

Eliminating a threat to democracy, wherever it exists, is a benefit to our (American) country. Or are you opining that discouraging Israel from stopping people shooting rockets into their country is somehow to America's advantage?
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A war of words is all Obama has the stomach for.
Never has such a coward sat in the Oval Office.
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Any American Jew who votes for a Democrat in November is casting
A vote for HAMAS ! Remember that all you Idiots who helped put
That Jew-hating Obama in the White House.
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A charitable person might look at what Kerry is doing and put it down to his being a loyal dem foot soldier carrying out the unbalanced orders of his crack head CIC. An unkind person might say that Kerry has sold his soul to get where he is now. Then again it might just be that Kerry is simpatico with O’s designs and he’s fulfilling the promise the far left saw in him during his testimony before Congress about “piles of baby limbs” etc.

O and Kerry aren’t flaming incompetents (it isn’t humanly possible for anyone to be THAT incompetent). They are deliberately wrecking US foreign policy because they are anti-American s**t to the core. They are jealous and resentful of Americanism and want us to drop it and believe in the global community the way they do.
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I'd modify that slightly and say the only thing John Kerry is loyal to is his own arrogant view of himself as some kind of superior blue blood aristocrat, personality characteristics in evidence all those decades ago when he gave that pompous testimony in the Senate after returning from his 4 months active duty in Vietnam, detailing atrocities he said were committed by his fellow soldiers.

And maybe he's loyal to his big fluffy hair.

Barry, on the other hand, is the real deal when it comes to subversion, the only thing we have going for us in that regard is his own laziness and relative incompetence.
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It doesn't help that they are both committed to making themselves the center of all. Kerry's only goal is self-aggrandizement, as is Obama's, and the United States of America can go piss up a rope.
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"This one time, at Diplomacy Camp..."
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John Kerry was for Israel before he was against it.
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By his 20 year attendance in Jeromy Wright's so-called church, by his saying "The Arabic Call to Prayer is the most beautiful sound on Earth", by his celebrating Ramadan in the White House, by his 2009 speech in Cairo praising Islam, by his call to go back to the pre 1967 war borders, by his giving the Muslim Brotherhood and their auxiliaries entrance to the White House, the State Department and even the military, by his deep bowing to the Saudi King, by his declaring "The future does not belong to those who insult the prophet of Islam" - By each of these things Obama's calling is plainly revealed. That all united should have failed to enlighten the competent inquirer is almost inconceivable.
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With a "contiguous Palestinian state". Don't forget his slip exposing his plan to bisect Israel for his terrorist allies
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http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2014/02/soros-backed_malley_to_direct_middle_east_policy_at_nsc.html


Robert Malley plays the point, John Kerry plays the center, Jen Psaki is power forward, Marie Harf is small forward and the leftist media plays Hamas' shooting guard.

The Fabulist Five.

Airball diplomacy by the Charlatem Globetrotters.
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Egypt and Israel were working close to the terms of a ceasefire with Hamas that would have been acceptable to both sides. The big problem? John Kerry wouldn't get a Peace Prize nomination if the ceasefire didn't have his stamp on it...so in comes wrecking-ball Kerry. He wants his gold medal and to hell with any consequences.
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Can you provide any proof that Egypt was working closely with Israel toward a cease fire?
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