Kerry’s Misguided Fury Against Netanyahu

Source: Kerry’s Misguided Fury Against Netanyahu – Opinion – Haaretz – Israeli News Source

( Note:  This is from the ultra-leftist Haaretz… – JW )

The failures of U.S. foreign policy are, to quite an extent, the failures of this diligent man, who has been revealed as a stubborn and naïve doctrinaire.

Israel Harel Dec 18, 2015 1:21 AM

In this Nov. 24, 2015 file photo, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been venting his fury at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. AP

About two years ago, at the height of the Sisyphean efforts to renew negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, a frustrated United States Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Munich, where the annual “security conference” was taking place. In a tough speech, he warned that if talks between Israel and the Palestinians fail, Israel will run up against harsh international responses, including boycott.

Since the failure of his efforts to bring Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas back to the negotiating table, Kerry has vented his fury against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He spilled a little of this bile on Netanyahu about two weeks ago at the Saban Forum: Immune to the radical changes in the region, which are obviously in Israel’s favor, Kerry once again prophesied loss of identity and boycott. This week, in an interview with the New Yorker, he raised the rhetoric and said, in fury: “You’re going to be one big fortress?” That came precisely on the day when Sultan Erdogan took his first step on the Walk to Canossa.

The failures of foreign policy – in all realms – of the world power with such great responsibility for the world’s fate are, to quite an extent, the failures of this diligent man, who has been revealed as a stubborn and naïve doctrinaire.

The week during which Kerry presented his vision of isolation and boycott, the United Arab Emirates established official ties with Israel. State Department intelligence can surely tell him that additional Arab countries, larger and more important than the UAE, have contacts with Israel. The prediction (of which the Israeli media is fanning the flames with masochistic pleasure) of the “world boycott against Israel” has disappeared. A good many of the largest firms in the world, especially in high tech, alternative energy and advanced agriculture, are clamoring at the door of the “apartheid state.” The academic world, too, with some exceptions, has utterly rejected any form of academic boycott against Israel.

The resolutions at last week’s climate conference strengthened us significantly in the international arena, where we were to already have turned white as snow with leprosy. If the resolutions regarding alternative energy are implemented, Israel’s bitter rivals (like Iran), as well as those who are no longer significant rivals, such as Saudi Arabia, stand to lose, not only petro-dollars but diplomatic influence and domestic stability. To survive, some of these regimes will find a way – some of them already have – to obtain assistance from Israel in the security realm.

Syrian President Bashar Assad, Kerry told The New Yorker, had been ready for peace in exchange for the Golan. Let’s say. According to Kerry, Netanyahu was, once again, the obstinate one. It is easy to imagine what hell would have been let loose if Islamic State, Hezbollah and the rest of the lovers of Israel were to have dipped their feet in the Sea of Galilee.

Sitting and waiting, Kerry continues, will only make Israel’s international situation worse. As has been proven above, Israel’s international situation is actually getting better – and dramatically so. Instead of conceding this, Kerry and many in the world and Israel, are conveying frustration. The prophecies of boycott and destruction have been shown to be baseless, while precisely Netanyahu’s policy in Judea and Samaria of “sit and do nothing,” which I do not support either, is proving itself. When the survival of regimes is at stake, the “occupation” no longer constitutes a significant impediment to utilitarian ties between Arab countries and Israel. The world, especially the Arab world, is changing before our very eyes, but the prophets of boycott and isolation in the world and in Israel are preaching the same old message.

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