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January 10, 2017

World Demands to Make Peace on Israel’s Grave

 

Russia has been pressing since this past summer to host a meeting between Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu but the specifics have proven difficult at best. President Obama and his Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry have demanded their right to force a peace on Israel with borders which all but guarantee the next Arab Israeli war using the Hamas tactic of rockets fired over the border and then claiming Israel started the war when they finally attack to end the destruction. The United Nations and its various Agencies and Commissions as well as its NGO’s (Non-governmental Organizations) which many are financed almost completely by some varied combination of the European Union, the United Nations, European governments, the United States, George Soros and other actors, and leading from among the European countries who wish to force Israel to surrender to any and all Arab demands now have their champion in the French who are planning on holding their second conference to solve “the peace process” which has stalled. The reason for the quotation marks around the peace process is due to the fact that the world has decided when one says peace process they are referring to the only peace process which must be forced forward even if the sole means of doing so is to all but destroy Israel and redivided Jerusalem such that all the ancient Jewish holy sites and half the synagogues are placed east of the divide and beyond the reach of Israelis and Western Jews and Christians and allows for these places to be once again destroyed by their Muslim overlords. Even South Africa, amongst other nations with few if any problems of their own have also chimed in demanding that Israel make concessions for peace.

 

French President Francois Hollande (C), United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (C-L), French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (C-R), US Secretary of State John Kerry (4th R), European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini (3rd R) and officials pose for a group photo at an international meeting in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in Paris, on June 3, 2016. (AFP Photo/Pool/Kamil Zihnioglu)

French President Francois Hollande (C), United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (C-L), French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (C-R), US Secretary of State John Kerry (4th R), European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini (3rd R) and officials pose for a group photo at an international meeting in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in Paris, on June 3, 2016. (AFP Photo/Pool/Kamil Zihnioglu)

 

Further, recently we had the great Security Council debacle where United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2334 was brought forth for considerations by Malaysia, New Zealand, Senegal and Venezuela; all paragons of virtue and oh so holy that they are to be knighted for their bravery and stalwart stand for international justice, bringing this Israel damning, precedent setting, United Nations Charter Article 80 negating, UNSC Res 242 negating alternative to all former agreements and condemnation of Israel as the most grievous offender of all the world holds precious under laws and opinion to be made vulnerable to potential sanction but by individual nations at their own volition but not directly because of this resolution. UNSC Resolution 2334 is a Chapter 6 resolution which is nonbinding and unenforceable. This was a great amount of noise and bluster bursting upon the universal stage with great winds and fury signifying absolutely nothing more than President Obama’s vengeance wrought on Benyamin Netanyahu and a great scream from out the White House reaching all the way to the heart of Jerusalem reaching Netanyahu’s ears claiming, “You were the Jew boy who stole the thunder behind my Nobel Peace Prize by refusing my demands you simply give up your little worthless nation to the Palestinians as I demanded.” This anguished spite reached Jerusalem, barely, as Barack Hussein Obama was merely aiming for Tel Aviv as he personally does not accept that Jerusalem could ever have been the capital city of Israel as the church Jeremiah Wright pastored, whose bible likely did not include Jerusalem as the capital city of King David and King Solomon of Biblical Israel and likely gave the Jews the holy back of the Reverend Wright recognized deity’s hand as a rebuke for its Jewishness.

 

The next threat is so obvious in from whence it will originate and from there where it aims to proceed and whose hand is stirring this pot with the greatest vigor. The threat will emerge, if the stirrer’s dreams are met, from the Paris conference of European Foreign Ministers and groups of Arab representatives will meet with the intended result being the recommendations for what would be the proper border for a recognized Palestine as a new Arab state carved from the body of the Jewish State as recognized by Article 80 of the UN Charter. An agreement was reached last month during a low key, under the radar meeting, where France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, French President François Hollande, United States Secretary of State John Kerry met, taking their marching orders for defining this new nation from its future dictator Mahmoud Abbas, in advance of the conference, just to assure that all his demands and other issues which includes the world must continue financing the PA and its graft engine for as long as a single Jew remains between the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea and Jordan before the will PA to even consider any agreement. This coming conference was originally set for late December but was rescheduled finalizing a date of January 15, 2017. This date is so interesting as the UNSC has decided to schedule a meeting for January 18, 2017, presumably the issues include the situation in Mali, where non-State actors were making the implementation of the peace agreement difficult; implementation of the Iran nuclear deal; Somalia and other situations of concern in Africa, also things discussed with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and other regional partners; and perhaps some special time working on enacting any conclusion made in Paris in the preceding few days, who knows what might make the deadline that day. It cannot be simple coincidence that all these meetings are planned immediately before Inauguration Day as none of these leftist leaders would wish to assist Barack Hussein Obama burn down even more of the world on his way out the door.

 

United State Aircraft Carrier

United State Aircraft Carrier

 

Now for the final item which pertains to President Obama and his recent housekeeping before having the keys to the kingdom handed on to Donald Trump, a.k.a. the evil one. The United States Navy ranking officers have made excuses and tried to claim that there is nothing strange that the United States, for the first time since possibly 2000 or maybe since world War II, has absolutely no aircraft carriers deployed anywhere in the oceans and seas of the world, they are all at their home ports. The United States depends on these floating airfields and divisions or wings of air power to enforce policy and to put down those nasty little fires which crop up from time to time. What is wonderful is that just the arrival of an air craft carrier group into a troubled area and the trouble usually simmers to a halt without the order of a single sortie against any targets. Sometimes all that is required is an overflight of American air power to close the lid on some roiling pot of trouble. What having all the aircraft carriers in their home ports precludes many options and with the troubles in the Middle East and North Africa plus the troubles in the South China Sea and the fact that both Russia and China have aircraft carriers deployed, the lack of such by the United States has muted much of American power in the world. The fact that this may have been the situation when George W. Bush came to power after William Jefferson Clinton makes this all the more damning as it makes things appear as Democrat Presidents attempt to hamper and handicap incoming Presidents should they be of the wrong party, be Republicans. I hope such is not the case but appearances can be damning. Fortunately, the article above tells that there will be two aircraft carriers scheduled to sail in the near future, let the world hope they will also signal the return of the America which stands firm in the world for justice and freedom; such will be welcome here at BTC. Of course the fact that much of Donald Trump’s rhetoric was that of an isolationist which might mean that we may not see any return of the United States on the world’s stage and the world will need to continue soldiering on as best as we can without their assistance. If so, so be it, we will do and we will hear from the only source that counts, and that source does not sit in any Earthly capital city.

 

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July 29, 2013

Prisoner Release to Appease Palestinians Actually Disgraceful Threat to Israelis

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Much of the information being publicized by all parties about the resumption of the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process is confusing, contradictory, highly politicized plus causing great amount of agonized and vehement confrontations between the Israeli public and Prime Minister Netanyahu and his inner cabinet supporters. The many fronts of contention are almost too many to comprehend but the main points of controversy are over the Palestinian claim that the invitation to the talks lists agreement on using the 1949 Armistice Lines as basic definition for borders, the Palestinian claim that the start of negotiation will force an Israeli building freeze and worst of all, the hundred plus Palestinians who are to be released as a concessionary gift to Mahmoud Abbas just for the privilege of having him agree to attend talks at all. If one were to look for any bright side of this situation for the Israeli public it would have to be that at least there has not been any mention of the so-called Palestinian right of return. We can probably bet that that will remain as the final demand that will be used in order to force the Israelis to terminate any possibility for an agreement as they cannot accept such a demand and remain the Jewish State therefore Abbas can exit the negotiations and still claim he was willing to make peace if only the Israelis would have granted his one last insignificant point. Of course we all know that the right of return is anything but an insignificant point as it would mean the death knell of Israel as the Jewish State, but that will not prevent much of the world’s mainstream media from quoting Abbas and giving their whole-hearted support to the claim that Israel was being intransigent. Then everybody can return to holding their Naqba Day celebrations; their BDS boycotts, disengagements and sanctions; their Israel Apartheid Day celebrations, the United Nations annual November 29th celebrations for International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People; their Friday demonstrations taunting IDF checkpoints, Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria, Separation Fence protests; and very likely start the Third Intifada with an all-out assault on Jews north to south from Eilat to the Golan Heights and east to west from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. And we can then expect to read all about the abuses Israel will commit when they have to defend their citizens from the Third Intifada onslaught after duly showing restraint well beyond any other nation’s breaking-point on civil unrest. Those of us who follow the facts and not the popular opinions from the United Nations, the mainstream media, and the perpetual demonstrators who protest anything which stands for Western values or based on the Judeo-Christian principles labeling them as Capitalist Oppressors, Colonialist Powers, Xenophobic Zealots, Proponents of Islamophobia or simply Enslavers and Exploiters of Minorities and People of Color. But what are the actual provisions that are drawing such ire from many Israelis?

 

The best way to address the situation is to take each contentious issue one at a time. First off, let’s look into the issue of using the 1949 Armistice Lines, also called the 1967 Lines, as the base border from which small alterations will be allowed providing that both sides agree to the exchanges proposed. The first recognition has to be that this is claimed as a given starting point thus far only by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas while neither, as Abbas claims, United States Secretary of State John Kerry or Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu have supported this position. Factually, Prime Minister Netanyahu has directly denied that this was part of the agreement while there has yet to be any comment from Secretary Kerry. A recent poll of Israelis revealed that over eighty-five percent would vote against ratifying any peace agreement which utilized the 1949 Armistice Lines as the basis for the border between Israel and the Palestinian State. The problem with these borders is that weather permitting one can see all of the middle section of Israel all the way to the Mediterranean Sea which places seventy percent of Israel’s population, industry and vital infrastructure within range of the most rudimentary of rockets and permits those launching said rockets to have spotter, or even observe themselves, able to see the actual impact as it happens and thus makes adjusting fire both much easier and far more accurate. These borders place Tel Aviv, Haifa, Netanya, Ashod, Ashkelon, Beersheba, and among the others, especially Jerusalem all within direct line of sight from the top of the Judean Hills. This is merely the logistical argument against permitting such borders to be considered but as long as Benyamin Netanyahu remains true to his word and allows for the people of Israel to approve or negate any agreement before it is signed and validated, then such borders have little to absolutely no possibility of being accepted by the people of Israel. So, the referendum will preserve Israel from such a fool’s fate even should Prime Minister Netanyahu agree to show such an agreement to the people.

 

But what about the building freeze? The easy out of such rumors would be to simply quote Bibi’s pronouncement that he plans to approve over one-thousand tenders for new housing in east Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria. Of course we all know by this he means only in Jerusalem and the approved main block of communities and not those wild outposts such as Yitzhar, Itamar, Tapuach or the other ones out in the extremities, as they wish them to be considered. What ever happened to the original idea under United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 and allowing Israel to annex sufficient lands to provide her with defendable borders? As I recall those dizzying days in June, July, and on through till the end of November when finally on November 22 came the edict that Israel should return the majority or at least a significant amount of the lands gained in defending against the war brought on by the massing of troops from Egypt and Syria on her border, the closing of the Straights of Tiran, a casus belli in its own rights, and the entering the war by Jordan a couple of hours after the start on the advice from Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser reporting to Jordan’s King Hussein that they were making advances on the Israelis and that the planes picked up on Jordanian radar were flights of Egyptian planes heading to destroy Israeli targets. The truth was the Egyptian and Syrians were retreating on all fronts and the radar images were returning Israel aircraft on their way home after decimating Egypt’s air power. End result was Israel gained the Sinai, Golan Heights and West Bank and has already returned over ninety percent of these to Arab hands making whatever is left, namely the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria legally retainable by Israel and that is the real international law. But any building freeze could be employed even while approving new tenders for additional housing as a building freeze is not about approving plans; it is about actual breaking ground and erecting buildings. As for whether Prime Minister Netanyahu will put in a fix that denies actually building while simply going through the motions in order to appear to be building and not enforcing a freeze, well, we will have to wait and see. That would be a question best put to the different ministers and bureaucrats who control the actual building and licensing thus doing actual research to find such an answer. We should know for sure one way or the other within a couple of weeks simply by observing if any further building is still being erected or if all projects come to a halt.

 

Now for the unfortunate matter of releasing prisoners which was approved by the Prime Minister’s hand-picked Inner Cabinet who were chosen for their inability to refuse the Prime Minister anything he desires. Say what you like about Bibi, he does know how to enforce his own decisions and do so with the appearance of a greater agreement from the government even if one does not exist. We will never know whether or not the entire Knesset would have allowed the prisoner release to go forward or would have stood on principle and prevented such lunacy. If there was a valid reason for permitting these terrorist masters, some of the worst of the worst, to be freed, it would have to be proven that by committing this act there were believable guarantees that the coming negotiations would produce a final end and enforceable and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians and all the rest of the Arab League nations. That does not appear to be what was promised in this case. What it appears was promised for releasing over one hundred terror planners, coordinators, trainers, bomb-makers and other nefarious and destructive individuals is that Mahmoud Abbas will allow negotiations to be carried out with the Israelis and allow such negotiations to continue for as long as Israel is being successfully squeezed into making more sacrifices and concessions and once Mahmoud Abbas believes he has gotten everything he will be able to pry loose without having to promise anything beyond worlds and false promises not intended to be kept, then he will walk away from the negotiations complaining of Israeli intransigence and hold a press conference where he will berate Israel for being immovable and unwilling to make the necessary sacrifices for peace and refusing to even consider the most basic and necessary compromises for peace. He will complain how he had made serious, deep reaching and heart wrenching sacrifices and offered the Israelis an opportunity to reach a fair and decent peace and he was rebuffed and turned away. The mainstream press in Europe, the United States, the Arab and Muslim worlds and nearly everywhere else even to include Haaretz and other Israeli news sources will repeat verbatim Abbas’s complaints and fabrications and then after a week of constant berating of Israel over the failure of the talks to reach a peace agreement, then they will interview Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu asking him why it was that he refused to give the Palestinians even the slightest requests and why was it that Israel had again squandered another golden opportunity to meet Abbas, who has done so much and sacrificed so completely and desires nothing more than making a good and solid peace, and take the necessary steps to assure that peace was accomplished. This may not be what was advertised, but it is the coming result.

 

Please Prime Minister Netanyahu, before even going to the first meeting hold a press conference and present your plan of what an equal and fair peace would look like. Spell out exactly what you are prepared to sacrifice in order to attain peace. Spell out in the most minute details exactly what you desire from the Palestinians and what you are willing to give them in exchange for their cooperation to make a final and just peace. For once get out in front of the propaganda that Abbas will try to spread once he has carved out his most desirous concessions from the coming negotiations. Tell the world up front what are the explicit aims, desires, wants and requirements Israel places on the coming negotiations. Stop with the Israel is ready to make peace song and dance you produce in almost every interview over the peace process. State boldly, explicitly and unapologetically Israeli expectations, requirements and desires in concrete and measurable absolutes such that there are no doubts as to where Israel stands and what Israel expects. The world knows exactly what Abbas keeps telling them that Israel refuses to meet him in making peace but nobody has ever explained to the world exactly what defines acceptable for Israel when compromises are required to make peace. No more general terminology and political maneuvers. Just spell out exactly where you and thus Israel stands and is willing to accept, willing to sacrifice, and insistent on receiving and then simply stand your ground. Yes, the United States is going to try and assist Mahmoud Abbas in his attempts to rake every last ounce of flesh off the body that is Israel. Stand up to them and tell Secretary Kerry and President Obama that you will not bend before their demands and pressures as you are their equal if not their better. Tell the United States spokesperson that you are not going to bend before their pressures and that if they believe they have the better of Israel because they can withhold American aid, then tell them that Israel survived very well without their aid for the first twenty years and three wars and that the main reason that the United States started to give Israel military aid was in order to prevent Israel from manufacturing their own weapons systems which would have competed very successfully against American made weapons on the international markets. And if they decide to call your presumed bluff, then I guess Israel will simply have to start to sell their own military products on the world stage and it is highly probable that Israeli weapons systems will outsell all competitors the same as Israeli UAVs (Unmanned Arial Vehicles) are preferred over everybody else’s products. Remember, the United States original offer to Israel was they would provide Israel with F-15 and F-16 fighter jets at a highly reduced and favorable price even including Israeli modifications when requested as long as Israel stopped their work on the Lavi 4th generation fighter jet. Perhaps a little nudge and a reminder will make your position more tenable and much more clear to Secretary Kerry and all bets are that it would be made very clear by United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel along with the designers and board members of Boeing, McDonald Douglas, Raytheon, General Electric and Grumman as they probably would prefer to forgo the competition. Try taking the bull by the horns and proudly present the Israeli side and stand by them in strength and you might just reap some surprising results Mr. Prime Minister.

 

One final footnote, these are the names and results of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet voting on approving the release of the one-hundred-four of the most notorious and dastardly terrorist prisoners ever released at one time, even compared to those released in order to attains freedom for Gilad Shalit. Perhaps this could have been made less painful but expecting the United States to release Jonathan Pollard as compensation for what Israel has agreed to authorize mostly under pressure from the United States may have been expecting too much humanity from the administration of President Obama. Voting in favor with Prime Minister Netanyahu were Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Minister of Interior Gideon Saar, Minister of Public Security Yitzhak Aharonovich, Minister for Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz, and Aliyah Minister Sofa Landver (Likud / Yisrael Beytenu); Finance Minister Yair Lapid, Education Minister Shai Piron, Health Minister Yael German, Science Minister Yaakov Perry and Welfare Minister Meir Cohen, (Yesh Atid); as well as Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and Environment Minister Amir Peretz (Hatnua). Voting against the prisoner release were Transport Minister Yisrael Katz, Communications Minister Gilad Erdan, Tourism Minister Uzi Landau, and Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir, all (Likud / Yisrael Beytenu); as well as Economics Minister Naftaliu Bennett, Housing Minister Uri Ariel and Minister for Pensioners Uri Orbach, (Bayit Yehudi). And taking the route of simply staying on the sidelines by not casting their vote yea or nay were Energy Minister Silvan Shalom and Culture Minister Limor Livnat, both of Likud / Yisrael Beytenu.

 

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July 19, 2013

Kerry Challenges Israel Implement Arab Plan While Abbas Nixes Hope for Talks

United States Secretary of State John Kerry returned to Jordan for meetings with Arab League representatives and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas aiming for a restart of the Peace Process. Initial reports depicted a scene where Secretary Kerry was making sufficiently good progress working with both groups that he sent a feeler challenging Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to give serious consideration for the Arab Peace Plan (aka the Saudi Initiative). Secretary Kerry said Allen is “working with our team and with the Defense Department and with the Israeli forces” and then plans to meet Palestinian Authority offices in the West Bank “to make evaluations on a professional military basis about the nature of threats.” A Palestinian Authority official, who requested anonymity, told AFP that things were moving and Kerry is “determined” to announce a resumption of talks before leaving by the end of the week. Secretary Kerry also suggested that the Israelis take a “look hard” at the now ten year old Arab Blueprint for Peace. Kerry claimed that the Arab Peace Proposal “promises Israel peace with 22 Arab nations and 35 Muslim nations — a total of 57 nations — that are standing and waiting for the possibility of making peace with Israel.”

The Saudi Peace Plan was recently rejuvenated when Qatar’s Prime Minister mentioned his nation’s willingness to meet its terms should Israel return to the June 4, 1967 borders. The Saudi Plan was explained to the press as stating “The Arab Peace Initiative, unveiled in 2002 by Saudi Arabia, says that 22 Arab countries will normalize ties with Israel in return for an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria.” If only this summation of the Saudi Plan were anywhere near accurate. Truth be told, the Saudi Initiative for Peace does place the condition that Israel return to the 1949 Armistice Lines, also called the Green Line, the 67 borders or most accurately, June 4, 1967 borders, but beyond that the rest of the summary paints a far more rosy picture than the actual wording of the proposal contains. What is promised is should Israel surrender every inch of the lands gained through the Israeli victory in their defensive actions during the Six Day War including much of Jerusalem, all of Judea and Samaria, all of Gaza (already returned to the Palestinian authority who were promptly kicked out by Hamas during a short but very violent coup), the Sinai Peninsula (already returned to the Egyptians as part of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty), and the Golan Heights and any contested lands to Syria and Lebanon, then the Arabs will give consideration to discussing to recognize Israel and may even go so far as to offer normalized relations. So, Israel gives away the store and then the Arab League and Muslim States promise to discuss voting on establishing normal relations with Israel. There is no promise that they will recognize Israel, let alone establish normal relations. The truth is once Israel has ceded every inch of the contested lands the Arab League and any others who they invite will discuss whether to take into consideration anything referring to Israel and will most likely simply decide to reissue their Khartoum Resolution of September 1, 1967 which included the “three no’s”; “no peace with Israel, no negotiations with Israel, no recognition of Israel, and ‘maintenance of the rights of the Palestinian people in their nation.” Sorry Secretary Kerry but the actual Saudi Peace Initiative is a complete non-starter for Israel, not now, not ever.

Meanwhile, there were a number of fairly amusing as well as interesting developments this morning in the Arab-Israeli Peace front (not Palestinian-Israeli as the Arabs invented the Palestinian in order to present a weak victim which they could claim was being dominated and intimidated by Israel which had proven impossible when the conflict was framed as Israel against the entire Arab World so, viola, the poor, defenseless, victims of Israeli imperialism, the Palestinians who have to resort to throwing stones, and bombs and rockets and Kalashnikov AK-47s, and RPG-9’s, and various size mortars. Well, all-right, they are not quite as defenseless as they are made out to be by the world’s media. Anyways, Secretary Kerry actually thought he was making great strides towards initiating another round of peace talks. Kerry had gotten President Mahmoud Abbas to agree to return to the negotiation table if only he could press Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to accept and implement a building freeze. The first surprise was that Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed to a limited unofficial and unannounced building freeze, kind of a stealth building freeze. Kerry was probably fairly excited when he reported to Abbas that Netanyahu had agreed to a limited building freeze but such mood was soon dashed. Abbas demanded that Netanyahu announce the building freeze and make it official policy. Mahmoud Abbas likely thought that there was no way that Prime Minister Netanyahu could actually announce a building freeze without his coalition partners bolting from the coalition bringing down the government allowing Abbas to go on a world tour touting how the Israelis would rather force new elections rather than negotiate peace making Israel out to be the evil warmongers, that is his favorite subject even when he has no proof, imagine how it would have been if he brought down the Israeli government over resumption of the Peace Process. Well, imagine the shocked look and egg on President Abbas’s face when Netanyahu announced Israel was willing to enforce a limited building freeze as demanded by Mahmoud Abbas as Israel was serious about resuming the Peace Process.

Well, upon hearing that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had actually announced a partial building freeze as an official policy and his government did not implode, the Palestinian Authority leadership was shocked into immediate action. The Fatah leadership immediately announced, “Fatah wants to make some alterations to Kerry’s plan.” They even gave the reason as, “because the proposed ideas are not encouraging for a return to negotiations.” This was followed by Amin Maqbul, Secretary General of the ruling Fatah movement’s Revolutionary Council who claimed, “The central committee is demanding, for a return to talks… that Kerry announce they should be based on the 1967 lines.” Well, that settled the deal and Secretary Kerry realized immediately that he was not going to be able to restart the Peace Process this week, if ever. It was obvious that there would be no amount of preconditions, good-will offerings, gestures, understandings, or other sacrifices by Israel that would not be met with yet one more demand from Abbas and the Palestinians because the Palestinian leadership is unwilling to return to the negotiation table. Israel is not the impeding party to the resumption of the peace negotiations as Kerry and so many others have claimed, the Palestinians are the ones making the return to the negotiation’s table impossible with their litany of over-the-top demands, preconditions and excuses. What this has many of those who have supported Israel against the false accusations that they were responsible for the lack of progress on the Peace Process is exactly how long will Secretary Kerry and those who worked with him during this eye-opening period of revelations remember the lessons taught today in Amman, Jordan with Mahmoud Abbas and company subverting their every effort to restart negotiations. It will be difficult for them to hold on to these truths once they return to Washington DC and report to President Obama and company and are met with a barrage of discontent challenging their perception that Abbas was refusing to negotiate and Netanyahu was eager to return to talks. That will be met with great resistance as the common perceptions are exactly the opposite and the truth has little bearing on long-held inside-the-Beltway know-it-alls.

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