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John Kerry, The Nowhere Man

barghouti It is now sixty five years since the state of Israel was formed and thus formalized a conflict that already had been in existence within the province of Palestine and later the Mandate of Palestine. The state of Palestine was proclaimed in the 1970s after Jordan decided to rid itself of administering the Palestine created by the United Nations. In 1967, Israel defeated Jordan in a war and assumed control of the West Bank area. It is now 47 years since this event occurred and conflict continues over who owns the West Bank or which part of the West Bank belongs to who? Israel has sent thousands of settlers into the West Bank even though this area originally was part of the state of Palestine created by the UN. John Kerry has worked his butt off attempting to secure a compromise.

Part of the problem is that both Israel and the Palestinian Authority lack a government which has a firm majority in a legislature and each requires coalition members to survive. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has allied with West Bank settlers and religious zealots who insist upon no retreat. President Abbas is demanding the release of Marwan Barghouti from prison. This man committed crimes, but there is evidence he is ready to work for peace. After all, Nelson Mandela was convicted of crimes.

At this point in time, John Kerry is going nowhere very slowly.

Is Israel The Modern South Africa

First, let me make clear the overwhelming number of Jews in Israel are caring people who seek to live in harmony and peace with all people. Few Jews seek to terrorize the weak, and few seek to implement laws that are similar to what their ancestors endured in other nations for a few thousand years. However, fear and propaganda have frightened all too many Jews in Israel to accept the belief their lives are in danger from the 15% of the people in their land who are Muslim or Christian Arabs. Instead of reaching out to these fellow Israelis forces of hate and fear installed in the hearts of many Jews that only separation from their comrades in the land of Israel would safeguard their lives.

Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who migrated to Israel from Russia has a plan to handle the 15% of non-Jews in the land even though their ancestors lived and worked in what is now called Israel. Under the Lieberman Plan, Arab Israelis would be forced from their homes and transferred into special Arab areas of Israel which currently possess large numbers of Jews. Jewish settlers living on the West Bank would have their land incorporated within Israel. This would constitute a forced migration of people. It would subject the state of Israel to international condemnation and undoubtedly result in sanctions and hatred toward Jews.

However, the real danger is what this does to the soul and hearts of Jews in Israel. Do they seek to become the center of hatred as was white South Africa when it moved black skinned people into special areas. Oh, the origin of the word, ghetto is from Italy. A ghetto was a special area set aside for Jews. Fast forward to the 21st century and Jews are proposing special areas for minorities!!

Democratic Senators On Iran

President Barack Obama once again received evidence the Israel lobby is alive and well in the United States of America. Of course, any lobby whose main goal is to further the interests of a foreign government might be considered by the American public in a negative light, but AIPAC is the friend of both Republicans and Democrats when it comes to issues of raising money for political campaigns. A group of twenty three Democratic Senators including one independent, sent a letter to the president acknowledging they support his two thronged approach to Iran, political and threats. They want guarantees that any final agreement contains absolute guarantees that Iran is not engaged with enrichment for development of nuclear weapons. They agree Iran should have the right to develop domestic nuclear materials.

OK, both the president and this blog agree with this demand. No intelligent person could disagree with preventing use of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. Of course, it might assist in this effort if Israel, the ONLY Middle Eastern nation possessing nuclear weapons, might reduce their nuclear weapon build up by a dozen or so nuclear weapons in a demonstration of peace and security for all.

Is Israel A “Jewish State?”

A key Israel Minister attacked US Secretary of State John Kerry for blaming Israel for the impasse on reaching an agreement with Palestinians. According to Gilad Erdan, “john Kerry is wrong because he is putting pressure on the wrong side. Kerry should be asking Abu Mazen(Abbas) why he is stubbornly refusing to recognize Israel as the Jewish state.” Please inform Minister Erdan that about 20% of people who live and work in the nation of Israel are NOT JEWISH! They are Muslims and Christians who are entitled to live in a country without having their religion considered secondary. In America, Jews represent about 2% of the population while Christians represent over 70%. So, how would American Jews feel if the United States of America were officially regarded as a CHRISTIAN STATE?

NO nation has this requirement in its relations with other nations Kerry is correct that this issue is secondary to the need for peace. Israel is entitled to the same respect as is any nation in the world! Ironically, if Israel continues to expand into the West Bank and absorb more and more Palestinians, the number of Palestinians in the “Jewish State’ might become a majority at some point in this century!

Where Are They, What Happened, And Why?

I have been in constant contact with very informed sources in Malaysia concerning the so-called missing plane which is somewhere in Asia, we think. According to my sources, it is clear:

1. Vladimir Putin might be the cause of this entire episode.

2. The Israel Mossad secret service could be responsible since there was not a single Jew on the plane! Coincidence?

3. George Bush, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld are possible suspects since they are masters of screw ups and this plane mystery is one big screw up.

4. Why hasn’t Ted Cruz attacked Obama for the disappearance, does it suggest he has something to do with it?

5. The Chinese government is upset because 153 passengers were on the plane and since no dissident was among them, then there is anger in Peiping.

6. Senator John McCain has volunteered to fly a jet to search for the missing plane,and promises not to get shot down and become a prisoner again.

7. Barack Obama wants the world to know this disappearance has no connection with the Affordable Care Act.

8. According to Fox News this episode is simply another example of what happens when you give people food since it enables them to live and take over planes.

Israel Takes Action

There is scant doubt that Israel is situated in a difficult geographic position. It is physically a small nation, it is stuck between numerous Arab nations whose primary desire is to witness the end of Israel, and thus quick action frequently is required to head off disaster. Iran and Syria have been supplying Hezbollah and Hamas with weapons, and that includes missiles by the hundreds. Most of these missiles can be fired into Israel which, in response, has developed anti-missile defenses. An Israel strike force seized a ship in the Red Sea that was registered to Panama, but was carrying dozens of missiles destined for Hamas forces in the Gaza Strip. Initially, the missiles went from Damascus to Tehran and then were sent to Iraq where this vessel picked them up and sailed for the Sudan. The goal was to transport the missiles through the desert and then on to Gaza.

It is difficult to deny Israelis the right to defend themselves against missile attacks. It had every right to initiate action in self defense. NOW, the task is to work with Palestinians in order to establish stability in the Middle East.

Bibi Talks Peace

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a strong believer in peace. He wants Israel to have a piece of this portion of the West Bank and that portion of the West Bank which are inhabited by those who are not of the Jewish faith. He is currently in America to talk with President Obama and that guy who keeps on wandering around the Middle East talking about a different type of peace. HIs name is John Kerry and he wants a peace in which all sides compromise and reach an agreement. Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and assured one and all that he DOES seek peace. “I am prepared to make a historic peace with our Palestinian leaders. Peace would be good for us and good for the Palestinians and open the possibility of achieving better ties with other countries.” Absolutely correct. So, how can this be achieved:

1. Halt further new settlements on the West Bank.

2. Establish a Water Committee comprised of Palestinians and Israelis to establish how water can be distributed in an equitable fashion.

3. Drop demanding that Palestinians recognize Israel as a “Jewish state.” About 15% of the people are Christian or Muslim. NO other nation in the world makes such demands. Israel has a right to demand that its government be recognized.

4. Agree to a swap of land that would allow about 90% of Israelis currently in the West Bank to remain.

See how easy peace is to attain?

Bibi Takes A Stand

Among there ongoing myths surrounding the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his American supporters is that standing tough has resulted in greater security for the Jewish people. By the way, about 15% of the people of Israel are Muslim or Christian so what happens to Israel also will happen to them. Prime Minister Netanyahu is on his way to America to talk with President Obama. He informed the world: “we will discuss the Iranian issue and t he diplomatic process. In recent years the state of Israel has been under various pressures. We have rejected them, that is what has been and will.” This is the talk of a man who rejects compromise, not a man who really intends to engage in compromise.

Reality, it is rare in the human world for one to attain a 100% of what one desires in life. Compromise is the essence of human interaction. Secretary of State John Kerry has been struggling to engage Israel and the Palestinian Authority in a process of peace. He wants both sides to agree on some Guidelines that would establish parameters for behavior. Unless both sides agree on a process, how can there be peace?

Tough talk is what Vladimir Putin is able to pull off. Sorry, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Israel is not in the same ball park of power as is Russia. And, when Bibi gets to Washington he will discover that President Obama, at this point in time, is focused on Russia and Ukraine, not on the Middle East.

Cry For Israel

This blog is firmly convinced that the state of Israel has an important role to play in the Middle East. It currently has an opportunity to support creation of an independent Arab nation in Palestine which could work with Israel in demonstrating that Arabs and Jews can cooperate. However, there are elements in Israel whose idea of “cooperation” entails that Palestinians accept what they are given and cease complaining to the world. A new report by Amnesty International blasts the Israel government for allowing violence in the West Bank, not by Jewish civilians, but by the Israel armed forces. Philip Luther of AI makes clear ‘the report presents a body of evidence that shows a harrowing pattern of unlawful killings” that have led to the death of innocent civilians. It specifically cites the performance of Israel armed force as an instigator of such murders of the innocent.

Naturally, the Israel government cries, “anti-Semitism.” Each time any respected organization provides evidence of lack of respect for law, the instant response is “anti-Semitism.” Let me make clear that anti-Semitism IS an important factor among Arab nations. They have repeatedly allowed their anti-Jewish views to interfere with possibilities of compromise and resolution of problems. But, the death of 67 Palestinian children is a FACT. It is the responsibility of the Israel government when provided such evidence to convey a fact finding committee and either present evidence that proves no such killings occurred or to accept responsibility and make certain such activities no longer will occur.

For a Jews, that is the ONLY course of action!

Ayatollah Upset–Again

A group of dedicated diplomats from European, American and Chinese backgrounds are attempting to work out a compromise that would end sanctions against Iran and allow that nation to pursue a peaceful atomic energy program. The Israel government is upset so it has used its lobbyists in America to stir up anger against negotiations. So, from America come threats against Iran from Democrats and Republicans who are anxious to play the “Israel card” in hope of money and votes. Naturally, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been provided an opportunity to get into the debate by charging the United States of being “controlling and meddlesome” when it comes to Iran.

Along with sending Iranian naval vessels into the Atlantic Ocean, Ayatollah Khamenei did not wish to be the loser in any game of chicken. “American officials publicly say they do not seek regime change. That’s a lie. They wouldn’t hesitate a moment if they could.” In other words, the words of Democrats and Republicans in Congress interfere with administration efforts to work out a compromise. Leave it to Republicans who worry about debts(of course, under Republican presidents our national debt rose faster than under Democratic presidents) now apparently would like a war with Iran.

Fellows, wars cost money. Oh, I forgot, just end Food Stamps and Social Security and use that money to fight another war!!