John Kerry's eloquent, yet deceptive defense of Obama's Israeli policy

U.S. Secretary John Kerry today gave an eloquent, yet deceptive defense of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy involving Israeli, including his decision not to use the administration’s veto of a UN Security Council anti-Israel resolution.

In his state department speech, Kerry did an admirable job of laying out the pain of both Israelis and Palestinians in the decades-long fight over the existence of the Jewish state and its occupation of historic Palestinian land. His principles for a real peace are clear and necessary.

kerryBut he ignored the Obama administration’s responsibility for the worsening, not improving, peace process. His policies toward Iran and the Middle East have strengthened the hand of the Arab extremists who will not accept the existence of Israel. His nuclear arms treaty with Iran literally gave billions and billions of dollars to Iran with which to fuel those very extremists who call for the destruction of Israel. Obama was so captivated with putting a temporary halt to Iran’s nuclear program that he apparently didn’t even think of using it to leverage an agreement with Iran to accept Israel’s existence.

Here it’s not necessary to go into his other policies that allowed for the growth of ISIS and fueled instability in the entire Middle East.

Kerry spoke as if the Obama administration was just beginning his two-term presidency, instead of having only a couple of weeks left in the White House. Kerry’s self-satisfied justification of his and Obama’s actions in office leaves a bitter taste. He has shown himself and Obama to have been on the wrong side of history.

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  • Are you for Israeli settlements in the West Bank? If not, how are they stopped?

  • I'm against them. But Obama's policy is unlikely to stop them; if anything, it has made both sides dig in their heels. Like I said, wasn't a bad speech, but it ignores the bigger picture.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    You are against Israeli settlements on the West Bank, but you didn't answer the second part of the question. How are they stopped?

  • In reply to jnorto:

    It has got to be a part of a mutually negotiated settlement, but that settlement is now endangered by Obama's policies that have given the upper hand to Israel's enemies that still want to "wipe Israel off the face of the earth." The Palestinian concerns also are real and difficult, especially the right of return and Israel has to negotiate honestly with those concerns in mind. Both sides have made a mess of this and both sides have to compromise. I'm afraid that won't come until the situation has become untenable for both sides. I'm open to suggestions.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    In other words, you know that Obama's policies are wrong, but you don't know what policies would be right.

  • In reply to jnorto:

    Okay, I confess: I don't have all the answers. What is your solution?

  • I'm very disappointed in John Kerry, although not surprised by his remarks of today. When I worked on Capitol Hill, we had nicknames for everyone. Senator Kerry's nickname was "Rip Van Winkle." We gave him that name because he got elected to the Senate and promptly went to sleep. By the time he ran for President, he had only passed four pieces of original legislation. Three pork pieces for contributors, and funded a study to make the Housatonic Hiking Trail named a federal hiking trail. Not exactly an earth-shattering legislative record. He was the laziest Senator in the US Senate when he was there. It wasn't even a contest.
    He burst onto the political scene 45 years ago slandering his fellow Veterans. He is leaving public office slandering America's best ally.
    I wish he would just leave, and leave quietly. His narcissism won't allow that to happen, though.

  • Why am I not surprised? As a veteran I still bristle at the use of his (controversial) Vietnam service and his campaign for a silver star as a campaign prop.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a blistering attack on Israel’s settlements policy, arguing that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government was threatening the already dim chances of a permanent peace deal DGCustomerFirst

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