Kerry Continues to Distance US from Israel
The Secretary of State for the United States has continued his public attacks on Israel, pushing the two allies further apart in a time when some would consider that a bad idea. The most recent statement comes ahead of US President Barack Obama’s meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
“I think it’s a mistake for some people to be, you know, raising it again and again as the critical decider of their attitude towards the possibility of a state and peace, and we’ve obviously made that clear,” Kerry said to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
A key to any negotiations is to make sure there is a level of respect between the parties. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it clear that for negotiations to work, the other side has to at least acknowledge that Israel is a country, something they have not done since the birth of the nation over 7 decades ago. For Kerry and the Obama administration, this is not an important concept.
Oddly, the point of their influence on the matter is to establish a Palestinian state. How can they expect Israel to acknowledge a Palestinian state that does not exist if the Palestinians are not expected to acknowledge the State of Israel?
According to The Blaze:
Netanyahu has insisted that the Palestinian Authority recognize Israel as the Jewish state before any peace deal can be signed, but Abbas has said he would refuse to do so. Palestinian officials have attributed that refusal to an unwillingness by the Palestinians to give up any future potential benefits to the those who fled the area during the 1948 and 1967 wars and their descendants.