United States Secretary of State has started spending more time in Israel than he does on his own country. One would expect that since Secretary Kerry pressured both sides into restarting the peace negotiations this past summer that he would have something to show for all his efforts. Perhaps a summation of what we have been able to discern that Kerry has accomplished is in order and then we will discuss what his future intentions are. Thus far he has wrangled and browbeat Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu into releasing one-hundred-four arch terrorists the vast majority of which were serving multiple life sentences for the murders of Israeli civilians including women, children, elderly, and even months old infants all simply as a gesture to permit Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas something he can claim he gained so that the Palestinians will allow him to talk to the Israelis and not murder him for the affront their society holds such talks. Secretary Kerry at the time of that deal made a point of relaying that since the Palestinians had chosen terrorist prisoners to be released and not another building freeze that Israel would and could plan, announce and actually build new housing in the housing blocks which have been recognized as likely to remain under Israeli control in any peace accord. Since the beginning of the peace negotiations there have been repeated protestations from Chairman Abbas about Israeli building especially in the areas which Secretary Kerry had informed him that Israel would be permitted by the agreement to build additional residences. The continued building became the first announced Abbas Red Line which must not be crossed or the failure of the peace talks would be on Israeli Prime Minister’s head. From that point forward the main production of the entire peace process has been near countless Abbas Red Lines. This has been Secretary Kerry’s fruits for his efforts. Israel explained that they would require a presence in the Jordan Valley in order to protect Israel from threats out of the east as well as to prevent the Palestinians from importing rockets, mortars, explosives and other terrorist activity necessities as well as additional terrorists going in and out of the Palestinian area to train elsewhere such as Iran, Iraq or wherever such training is available. The Israelis being allowed to monitor the border between the Palestinians state and Jordan became an Abbas Red Line. Then it was mentioned that Israel would not allow for the so-called five million plus Palestinian refugees to be returned into Israel and that they could be absorbed by the Palestinian state or their present country where they reside in apartment blocks refugee neighborhoods. “The Right of Return” for all of the Palestinian Refugees became the next Abbas Red Line. Israelis discussed they could not allow the Temple Mount and Western Wall be placed within Palestinian controlled areas as that would result in once again their not being accessible to Jews for prayers and other activities as it had been before 1967. Possession of the Temple Mount and Western Wall became another Abbas Red Line. This process has been occurring at a pace of approximately two Abbas red lines per week of late and has begun to border on the side of laughably ridiculous except that Secretary Kerry is very likely to actually attempt to place any number of these Abbas Red Lines into the final draft agreement and expect Israel to commit to such lunacy.
So, what exactly can we expect to come of these talks and where is Secretary of State Kerry heading with these moribund talks? Thus far Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has discussed the proposed points with his advisors and the top generals from the IDF and included many of these individuals in the discussions with Secretary Kerry’s team. This has been particularly true about the team Secretary Kerry assembled under General John Allen to address Israeli security needs where the Prime Minister literally turned the entire discussion over to the IDF commanders and his Minister of Defense. Of course the main accomplishment this group has produced is that every time they make any recommendations all they appear to do is generate more Abbas Red Lines. Meanwhile, showing total disregard for all of the Abbas Red Lines, the Israeli side has been carrying on actual negotiations with all of the teams Secretary Kerry has assembled as if there really was a partner for peace on the other side. In the meantime Chairman Abbas has repeatedly stated those items he refuses to negotiate over and has rejected all of the proposals put forward by Secretary of State Kerry and all of his support teams.
So, what in the world could Secretary of State Kerry hope to accomplish with his planned “full force assault on Netanyahu to force him to agree to General Allen’s security plan and as many other final status issues he can squeeze out of him? The plan that Secretary Kerry is working under I suspect comes straight from the Oval Office and President Obama. Once agreements are forced from the Israeli side the plan is to then force Israel to meet each and every point that has been hammered out in the negotiations without any expectations or design to have the Palestinians meet a single item. They will force the Israelis to once again conduct evictions of as many settlements as they can force an agreement over and pull out all of the IDF forces, bases and equipment finishing a total disengagement from Judea and Samaria, West Bank. Once United States President Obama has Israeli agreements in hand he will force the Israelis to meet every item where the agreement has come from the current efforts which will set up the takeover of the rest of the Palestinian Authority areas by Hamas and other terrorist entities exactly as occurred in Gaza. None of the consequences will matter as President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry share their Nobel Peace Prize, or at least that is their dream. Sacrificing Israel will be a small price as far as these two nefarious political operators are concerned, as they will probably not see any difficulties that cross Israel’s path and even if they should, they will convince themselves it was well deserved, after all, Israel deserves whatever befalls them. That has become the mantra for Europe, the current administration in the United States and much of the leftist, liberal, intelligentsia, political action committees and NGOs. The one consequence which will inevitably come to pass and is the one most ignored and likely undesirable to those who condemn Israel for every problem in the world will be Israel responding to the first rocket which strikes a civilian airliner on approach, departure or taxiing at Ben Gurion Airport. It may be some other attack such as a rocket striking and destroying one of the larger buildings in Tel Aviv or a barrage aimed at northern Tel Aviv, a place where moneyed people who would be furious have some connections and sway, or any attack out of the east that causes Israelis to scream in horror and demand an end once and for all to the terror threat posed by Abbas and his Palestinian cohorts. The world will act shocked and aghast despite the fact that they all had a hand in setting up this scenario simply because they knew the Palestinians would never change and that Israel was reasonable and would work for peace as that is what most Israelis desire and value so very dearly, and so they took the easier route and pressured Israel till the pain became too much to bear. Once the cost of always having to sacrifice to make accommodations reaches the point that fury is unleashed because the price in human lives and suffering becomes unbearable, the resulting conflagration is never pretty. Some will regret the overt reaction in the aftermath but none will question its necessity. The chance that such could be the result of pushing Israel beyond the cusp should weigh heavily on those who carelessly keep pushing Israel to give just once more and peace will bloom, peace has never been the result; more death, destruction, and terrorism has always been the result and both Kerry and Obama know this and do not care. They should care for they will be the ones who forced things to go beyond any reasonable concern forcing a response in kind.
Beyond the Cusp