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With Kidnap of Israeli Soldier, John Kerry’s Ceasefire Has Made Matters Much, Much Worse

August 1, 2014 9:26 am 24 comments

Abducted Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin. Photo: Channel 2.

Let’s just recap what happened with the abduction of an Israeli soldier this morning.

The Israeli government believed the word of the Secretary of State of the United States that, via his Turkish and Qatari friends, he had obtained acceptable terms for a ceasefire with Hamas. Mr. Kerry’s flunkies even bragged about the success of his Turko-Qatari connections, chiding those who looked askance at his bromance with friends and sponsors of Hamas.

What happened next – a surprise attack on Israeli troops in the southern Gaza Strip an hour and a half into the “ceasefire”, an abduction of a soldier – shows that Kerry’s word – America’s word! – counts for absolutely nothing. Neither Turkey nor Qatar (and of course not Hamas) intended to keep their promises to the Secretary of State, their dearest friend. They counted on the ceasefire to give Hamas the advantage of surprise to score some “strategic” gains, in which the terrorists have probably and tragically succeeded. Neither Qatar nor Turkey are afraid of possible American retaliation for such a flagrant breach of trust.

That Kerry was deceived will give no comfort to the Israeli government, which knows now that there is no credible channel for dialog with Hamas via Kerry. Moreover, whatever room for diplomatic maneuver there was before the current debacle, has disappeared now altogether. Even beforehand, the Israeli public was already dragging the Prime Minister and the Cabinet in tow, demanding much harsher steps in the war with much more radical aims – the elimination of Hamas both as a fighting force and a political structure. The infamy of today’s incidents will end any possibility for compromise or for additional ceasefire experiments.

John Kerry, again, has made matters much, much worse.

24 Comments

  • Reform School

    Whether public or private sector, programs that do not integrate and impart critical thinking skills to students produce societies with little cognizance, and zero ability to digest and process information from divergent idiology. If Honor, Integrity and Morality can be imparted with no points of reference, effectively-mindless worker-societies result. The New World Order, one-world government promoted by the the United Nations Organization, while compatible with a Muslim caliphate, industris compatible with neither a Torah-based Israel nor a Constitution-based United States of America. Environmental regulation dumbing and indoctrinating the
    United States labor pool has forced most heavy-industry offshore to remain competitive in a global economy. Effectively service-based, only the U.S.A.’s huge food basket has kept it from third-world poverty, but that israpidly changing. Between Obama’s hidden past and Kerry’s marital submission to Islam (Liberal Jews calling Kerry Jewish must have missed their Ritalin).

  • Antoinette Munro

    I am a Christian Zionist and have been to Israel 12 times to serve with Sar-El (rather than taking vacations) because I believe in supporting God’s Chosen People, Israel. I am ashamed of our administration of their blatant regard against God’s Chosen, Israel and her people. The Scriptures tell us how it will all end and in the end Israel will be saved (but not without bloodshed) – We pray for the peace of Jerusalem –
    Psalm 122:6 Praying with grief in my heart.

  • When I think of John Kerry, I literally become nauseated.

    • Reform School

      As the Flotilla Choir taught, Kerry’s restored fortunes [sic] since meeting Terry Heinz; Sen. Heinz’s convenient ‘accident'; and her “crying all the way to the altar” showed, “the truth will never find its way to your TV!” http://youtu.be/2KUcv452KbU

  • I’m beginning to believe that Kerry, Obama, and the entire U.N. counsel have been deceiving Israel that they were on their side. I cringe when I read anti-semitic ramblings from the entire U.N. counsel. I look at France where muslims rule and have set up camp and their shouts of hatred to anyone who supports Israel.

    Hamas knows no remorse and will continue to kill Israel and Israeli supporters to the end. That is why the ugly face of anti-semitism is beginning to come out of the depths of hell. Kerry and our President are afraid that supporting Israel will lead to another 9/11

    Israel is fighting for survival and can’t trust anyone. Meshaal wants to kill every Israeli Jew and take control. I pray for Israel everyday. Now I’ll include that brave young man and his family.

  • Mickey Oberman

    When has John Kerry’s interference never made any situation much worse?

    Mickey Oberman

    • A most interesting point. As far as I can tell – also a correct one.

    • Find your own solution then...don't ask others

      _John Kerry, again, has made matters much, much worse._

      Strange…..why the other world should involve at all?
      Any advice is NO good enough….so, why to turn to the world for advices?

  • Obama went to school in Indonesia, a Muslim country, when he was young, and grew up with affectionate feelings toward Islam. Kerry learned a little over 10 years ago that his paternal grandparents were Jewish and his younger brother converted to Judaism.

    Obama believes his experiences give him a special connection with Muslims that will win them over, and Kerry feels he has a special connection with Jews. Both are wrong. They don’t hate us at all. They just don’t understand us because their egos are bigger than their brains. I have no doubt that Muslims are as confused by Obama as we Jews are by Kerry.

  • But he DID serve in Vietnam, and even in Cambodia, so his story goes. Nixon sent him there – before Nixon was elected president. And Kerry remembers the date, since it was Christmas!

  • Our President is clearly prejudicial towards Islam. Why this is so one can only imagine. Democracy and freedom ring hollow to a man such as this, the America Mr.Obama represents is not the America of the vast majority of the American public.

  • To: the People of Israel from an American

    There are those who would blindly follow the media of this country and believe everything they report as they report it. The bias of our media is more than a little obvious no matter the source. It has been long known the media is used to influence the thought of the masses based on agendas of current administrations.

    Influence through entertainment and entertainers is readily identifiable as acceptance of previously unacceptable behavior becomes more commonplace. Presently, we see this in the news media every day now. There is good and evil and you HAVE to make a choice, there is no neutrality. You are either for or against good or evil. For those who do not understand the current Israeli Palestinian conflict you only have to look a little deeper than the American media agenda track. Israel has been under attack by the Hamas, a prolific anti-Semite group that is in political power in the Gaza strip. The attacks have been coming from above ground by missiles and below ground through tunnels. The attacks have been coming steadily for a very long time. We rarely see anything but how bad the Palestinians have it since big ole bad Israel has really started pounding them back. Why? Because our current administration is anti-Semite and pro Muslim. Why does that matter? Simple, in this country we have our freedom of religion (what is not being dwindled away by the government). It is against the law to go against a person by reason of their religion. In the Middle East the predominant religion is Muslim. The Jews are the minority and the Muslims only want one thing from them and that is they be gone from the face of the earth.

    For everyone that sees this understand this . . . I believe in God and I believe the Jews are Gods’ chosen people. I stand beside God, The Jewish people and my wife’s heritage.

    To the people of Israel specifically; Please do not look at our current administration and believe you see the face of our country. Instead look at the massive numbers of us that are in full support of you and the struggle you are now in.

    • Jim,
      Very heartfelt and well stated.

      I add my support to your understanding of the reality of the situation. The vast majority of Americans completely understand what Israel must do to protect itself. Indeed, by proxy, protecting Americans.

      It is unfortunately our current administration that seems to have no moral compass and by vacillating the way they do, they make matters much worse. This IS A WAR, not a spanking to a misbehaved child out in the wood shed.

      No country on Earth, including ours, (America) has taken such care to protect their enemies civilians.

      Thank you!

    • Thank you from my wife and I and the people of Israel – God Bless you.

    • Thank you, Jim. Cold comfort for the family of the kidnapped soldier. I have heard about a strategy which is used in case a soldier knows he is about to be kidnapped wherein he blows himself up as well as his enemies. I pray to G-d this is not the case.

  • How many times will Kerry allow himself to be duped by Hamas and its straw men (and Iran, for that matter)? “Assurances.” Bah.

    Israel also apparently let down its guard at Rafah. This kind of craven barbarism is why Hamas must be crushed. The Palestinian casualty count to achieve this is a great tragedy. But Israel owes its own citizens safety from these snakes, even if Hamas thinks oppositely of its governmental responsibilities.

    • what makes you think kerry was “duped”? he knew precisely what he was doing, what the dhimmi-in-chief ordered him to do, namely save hamas, at any cost. after hamas violated 5 previous ceasefires, even a complete idiot would have noticed SOME sort of pattern emerging.

      it’s not what kerry believed would happen that counts, but rather the pressures exerted by the state department (suspending flights to ben gurion, denying visas, tying up the funding for iron dome replenishments, etc.) that matter.

      the american people have to answer a simple question: when did america switch sides in the war on terror?

      • The American people did not switch sides on the war on terror. Sadly, our President clearly has. I live in middle America. Everyone I know . . . and I mean, everyone . . . stands with Israel. Part of a frustration I feel is the question of why the overwhelming number of American Jews continue to vote Democrat. You get the government you deserve. Unfortunately, our schizophrenia has come home to roost. And make no mistake about it, this war is coming home. Our southern border is a joke – by design of our President. Any good Jihadist is simply salivating at the opportunities provided by the Obama administration.

  • We are fighting Amalak. Kerry and Obama should be seen as on the side of evil with Turkey and Qatar.

    • Linda Rivera

      That is true. None of them can be trusted. Kerry and Obama are 100% on the side of Islam.

      It is a terrible mistake to trust any muslim. Barbaric mass murderer of 700 Jewish men who then raped and took for sex slaves the wives and children of the Jewish men, founder of Islam, Mohammad, declared: WAR IS DECEPTION.

      NEVER, Never trust muslims.

      God help and protect the kidnapped victim, Hadar.

    • Liliane Abergel

      TZIPI, We have fought amalek before, many times, and always won! The same will happen … but the price .. all these young people gone from us …

  • This time Israel should keep on kicking Hamas till they are totally wiped out.

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