The title, if you couldn’t guess, is sarcasm.
Are you effing kidding me? These are the words of the United States Secretary of State?
If there’s no two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict soon, Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state,” Secretary of State John Kerry told a room of influential world leaders in a closed-door meeting Friday.
When even Richard Goldstone came out against the use of “apartheid” to describe the Israeli-Palestinian situation, perhaps the U.S. Secretary of State shouldn’t use the cause-of-the-decade college protest language that the Israel-haters use so liberally.
While “apartheid” can have broader meaning, its use is meant to evoke the situation in pre-1994 South Africa. It is an unfair and inaccurate slander against Israel, calculated to retard rather than advance peace negotiations.
But the U.S. SecState is using it. Inaccurately, but that doesn’t matter. What matters are his presidential ambitions, and Israel and the Palestinians are thwarting those by refusing to go along with his agreements. And of course, he blames Israel the most. Or Buzzfeed, continuing the media’s anti-Israel narrative, wouldn’t publish any direct quotes that make Kerry seem hard on the Palestinians. This is how you show evenhandedness in the anti-Israel media:
Kerry criticized Israeli settlement construction as being unhelpful to the peace process and he also criticized Palestinian leaders for making statements that declined to recognize the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state.
“There is a fundamental confrontation and it is over settlements. Fourteen thousand new settlement units announced since we began negotiations. It’s very difficult for any leader to deal under that cloud,” Kerry said.
Right. The new units announced? All inside “settlements” that are suburbs of Jerusalem and will be part of Israel in any final negotiation with the P.A. But sure, keep on pretending that Ma’ale Adumim is illegitimate. Because that’s what gets you headlines.
Pretty sure Kerry just blew his chance for backing from any big Jewish donors. Not a hundred percent sure, but pretty sure.