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July 18, 2013 10:58 am

Kerry Agrees with Arab Ministers that Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is ‘Core Issue’ of Mideast Instability

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with PA President Abbas in May 2013. Photo: State Department.

JNS.org – After meeting with Jordanian and Arab League officials in Amman on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stressed that the ministers he met with told to him that the “core issue of instability” in the Middle East is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The remark comes amid the recent fall of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi’s regime in Egypt, and the continued turmoil of the Syrian civil war.

“Peace is in the common interest of everybody in this region,” Kerry said. “And as many ministers said to me today in the meeting that we had—many of them—they said that the core issue of instability in this region and in many other parts of the world is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

Kerry has drawn concern for his focus on the Israeli-Palestinian issue, which his critics say is a relatively stable situation compared to ongoing upheaval in the rest of the region.

“The fact that the administration, represented by the Secretary of State, has chosen to be preoccupied with the Palestinian issue proves that they have ignored a fundamental principle. If you are smothered by lethal sandstorms, don’t be preoccupied with the tumbleweeds,” Amb. Yoram Ettinger, former Minister of Congressional Affairs in Israel’s Embassy to the U.S., recently told JNS.org.

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  • Beverly Kurtin, Ph.D.

    Yeah, of course, it is ISRAEL who is stirring all the s**t in the Middle East. As has been said before, if an alien from outer space came to Earth and discovered that the entire world thought that a tiny slip of land the size of New Jersey was THE BIGGEST PROBLEM the planet had, they’d have to scratch their heads and leave pronto!

    Every time someone says that the Israelis and Palestinians are going to meet, you can guarantee only ONE thing: There will be a demand that Israel turn over every centimeter of land they won in ’67 back to the Arabs. Israel’s refusal to commit suicide will backfire on Israel but the world will perceive Israel as the bad guys.

    Honest Reporting’s website has an interesting series of slide shows showing what Israel had given to the world. What in the name of sanity have the Arabs given the world? Oh yeah, Algebra…thanks a lot. They gave us a good numbering system. And…as Porky Pig would say, “That’s all, folks.”

    The Arabs got together years ago and came up with three nos: No recognition of Israel. No negotiations with Israel. No peace with Israel.

    To the best of my knowledge, nothing has changed. Kerry think he’s going to bring peace to the area? As the mythical bringer of gifts to children ’round the world would say, “Ho, ho, hooooooooooo:

    If Israel gives up ANY more land for peace, I’m going to toss my cookies.

    Wanna bet that the Palestinians are going to riot when their guy walks out of the talks? It’s like deja vu all over again. Methinks I’m not the only person thinking like that.

  • ed

    that scab kerry will drink any koolaid the pal,s give him to drink the core issue of Mideast Instability is that islam is a hate everybody cult.

  • RBZ

    Riiiight…because people are uprising in Syria, Egypt, Turkey, etc…because of ISRAEL and not because of their own corrupt/extremist governments, lack of essentials and poor quality of life. So glad America confirms the eternal Jewish scapegoat.

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