Kerry and Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Liberman.
— by Steve Sheffey
Secretary of State John Kerry has not even dropped a hint that the U.S. will force Israel to agree to terms it deems unacceptable during the peace talks with the Palestinians.
In pointing out that the status quo is not sustainable, and that Israel will face increasing diplomatic isolation and boycotts if talks fail, Kerry is describing reality. We might not like it, but that is the world we live in.
Every U.S. administration has had disagreements with Israel, including on settlements and building in Jerusalem. But unlike many other administrations, the Obama administration has never threatened Israel, let alone taken action against it.
More after the jump.
President Obama has never turned his back on Israel at the U.N., never failed to veto an anti-Israel resolution, and never withheld or even threatened to withhold aid to Israel. Military and intelligence cooperation between the U.S. and Israel is stronger than ever under Obama.
Kerry is doing exactly what he should be doing: trying to broker a negotiated agreement that allows Israel to retain its Jewish and democratic existence by withdrawing from the West Bank, and allowing Israel to retain its physical existence with adequate security arrangements. Adequate in whose eyes? Israel’s.
Last week Kerry said, “One thing I know a hundred thousand percent is that you can’t turn to the people of Israel with the prospect that what you are offering is going to turn the West Bank into Gaza.”
Israel’s security is iron clad as a priority in this issue. And I have said that from day one.
I don’t want this to be a leap of faith, but a leap of rationality and a choice based on a very understandable and tangible set of guarantees.
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