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.
But 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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