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August 13, 2013 3:36 pm

Kerry: U.S. Views All Jewish Communities Beyond Pre-1967 Lines as ‘Illegitimate’

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

JNS.orgReacting to Israel’s announcement of 1,200 new housing units in eastern Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the U.S. “views all of the settlements as illegitimate.”

Israel is “only building within the borders of communities established before [the 1993] Oslo [Accords] on unallocated land that Jordan illegally occupied from 1948 to 1967, that the UN never recognized as sovereign Arab land,” Morton A. Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, toldJNS.org.

“Why isn’t Kerry complaining about illegal Arab building [within those borders], and [PA President Mahmoud] Abbas’s racist proclamation that no Jews will be allowed in Palestine?” Klein asked, referring to Abbas’s recent statement that ruled out the “presence of a single Israeli” in a future Palestinian state.

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Sarah Stern, founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), told JNS.org that Kerry’s statement was “almost racist.” She said it is ironic that Israel, the Jewish state, would be asked to remove all Jews from certain communities.

“Why should Israel be the only country that has certain areas within it as Judenrein (clean of Jews)?” Stern asked.

The territories acquired by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War are considered disputed and subject to the result of final status negotiations. In 2004, President George W. Bush wrote in a letter to then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that it is “unrealistic to expect that the outcome of final status negotiations will be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949.”

“Ever since the Six-Day War, countless presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have said that the 1967 lines were indefensible, and that there was no way that Israel should go back to the 1967 lines,” Stern told JNS.org.

Dore Gold, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, wrote in a November 2011 for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs that the U.S. “has historically backed Israel’s view that UN Security C

ouncil Resolution 242, adopted in the wake of the Six-Day War on November 22, 1967, does not require a full withdrawal to the 1949 armistice lines.” Gold wrote that the U.S. position on Israel’s borders is important because it “directly affects the level of expectation of the Arab side regarding the depth of the Israeli concessions they can obtain.”

“To the extent that the U.S. limits its demands of Israel through either presidential declarations or statements of the secretary of state, then the Arab states and the Palestinian Arabs will have to settle for less in terms of any Israeli withdrawal,” Gold wrote.

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  • rbockman

    John Kerry is the offspring of apostate Jews

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    To be sure Obama does not regard the Kotel as Jewish.

  • So Mr. Kerry denies that the Pre-67 borders belong to the British, or to Jordan ? It cant belong to the P.L.O because they didn’t exist. There were a few thousand Arabs displaced in 1948. But the West Bank was the only front that we lost in 1948. Thousands of Jews were killed or driven out of Jerusalem and the West Bank by King Hussein and claimed by Jordan.Was he ever asked to build a Palestinian State ? No. Because it was always a fiction that was designed for the secular Israeli consumer and to give the Holocaust deniers one final shot.

  • Arik

    More than 70-80% of the American Jewish Freak show voted in Obama and this piece of drek. Now Israel is going to eat the proverbial poo.

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    I agree with John Kerry. In order to show my commitment to his kind of thinking, I hereby refuse to recognize any part of the United States acquired since1789.

  • Lou Adams

    Native Americans have a better claim than the Arabs that sweep into Palestine dotted with Jewish history and facts on the ground. There were no European places of worship or cemeteries in the new world.
    As for Kerry the clown and his vile anti Israel pressure without acknowledgment of the terrorist goings on among the Arabs is an unacceptable double standard. Where are our obama loving Jewish leaders and socialist minded Jews now, are they still unable to recognize an Arab loving American president who gives to Israel with one hand and works to destroy them with everything else he has.

  • Otto Waldmann in Sydney

    Instead of telling Kerry what he should say, it is far more interesting to find out WHY he is saying all that offensive, “unrealistic” stuff, not at all what a referee on the most contentious international issue should utter.
    Beyond the immediate Israel PA issues, not far at all geo-politically, we find a seriously disturbed (!!)Islamic society, composed right now from far worse conflicting elements. US involvement in the ME means also Egypt, Iraq, Syria and the larger radical Islamist terrorist upsurge. As a prime Islamic target not just on its strict soil, US needs to appease those spirits waged against US which still connect the “Palestine cause” to their overall “struggle”. This struggle concerns , of course Israel, but it targets even to a greater extent US. So, as a loyal American, Kerry is only doing his job, i.e. redirecting the Islamic terrorist fire strictly against its best friend, Israel.
    Israel is not the ONLY entity negotiating here, US has its own ME problems to be sorted out at exactly the same table.

  • Chaim Yelenson

    keri in Hebrew means wasted seed, Kerry is a waste of time as well

  • Gerd Kaluski

    I find it unbelievable that our New Secretary of State John Kerry takes it upon himself to make judgmental statements in favor to the Palestinian position regarding Jewish settlements in in disputed areas. Nothing is being said by him over new settlements of Palestinians in those areas. Kerry reminds me of the State Department officials who took upon themselves to refuse Jewish refugees entry to the U.S. prior and during World War 2
    trying to escape with their lives to a safe haven.

    • joosaretrash

      that is another jewish self serving myth,from 1930 to 1943 2.9 million jews immigrated to the united states

      • Chaim Yelenson

        what rubbish where did you get that nonsense from?.
        After 1930 Jewish immigration into the US was very limited.

      • VG

        Joo… I suggest you refresh your history or start from fresh.

      • Mike P.

        The numbers were closer to 300,000. Around 1924, Coolidge passed a bill severely limiting immigration that was not from places such as England and France. Jews had already reached about 5 million in the U.S. by 1922, and did not reach its peak of 6 million until around 1970.

  • Has Abbas or his people ever lived up to their promises or agreements, the answer is no.
    What has changed, why should Israel trust them now. They teach their children hate and declare that they want to destroy Israel.
    A real peace will be an economic boost to all the people in the region. It will create an economy that the rest of the world would envy. In recent years Israel has discovered vast amounts of Natural Gas and Oil, the blackmail by the Arab Oil producing nations is diminished. The United States and many other countries are discovering and developing new sources of Natural Gas and Oil, it will enhance the Energy independence of those countries and boost economic development.
    YJ Draiman

  • Tell the United States to mind its own business and take care of business in the USA.
    Do not dictate to Israel what it should do or not do.
    Why do the United States give the land back to the American Indians and the Mexicans.

    Greater Israel is not occupied territory it is the land of the Jewish people and has been for over 3000 years.
    Most of the Arabs living in Israel were brought in by the Jewish agriculture industry to work the fields in the 1800 thru early 1900. Those Arabs stayed in Israel.
    The Arabs never had a country/State on Jewish territory except what was fraudulently taken from them by the British and given to Jordan in violation of the League of Nations vote after WWI. The Arabs expelled close to a million Jews from their countries and confiscated their assets, let the Arabs in Greater Israel resettle in those properties and leave Israel. Stop the Arab false information about Israel.
    End the Unjust Arab Occupation of Jewish Land – The Qur’an 17:104 – states the land belongs to the Jewish people
    YJ Draiman

  • Jerusalem is Israel’s Capital. Israel has the right and obligation to build anywhere in Greater Israel. No one has the right to tell Israel where to build housing.
    Israel needs about a half a million housing units as of 2012. Israel needs to build 100,000 housing units per year for the next 5 years just to catch-up to the needs of its people.
    Let the Arabs move to the million homes the Arabs confiscated from the Jews they ejected from their countries.
    If the Arabs really wanted peace, they would off had peace many years ago.
    YJ Draiman

  • It is disgraceful, reckless, and dangerous that major Jewish “Defense” organizations do not stand up to the anti-Israel Obama Administration.

    Singularly loyal to the Democratic Party (as it once was), these groups refuse to see that their Party has been hijacked. Taken over by Far Leftists, George Soros puppets, mushrooming Arab numbers, bedrock American traditions, including supporting Israel, are no more. (Recall the Dem. Convention booing and refusing support to Israel).

    Obama and almost every appointee of his is anti-Israel. Brenner, Hagel, Kerry, Powers, Indyk, each is overtly/covertly critical of Israel, employing double-standards, or is outright pro-Arab.

    Jewish “leadership” should ignore the false hype of Obama’s media Groupies. Doting on him, reporters consistently applaud Obama- never questioning his false claims. As far as Israel is concerned, however, Obama’s record is abysmal.

    Kerry is pushing Obama’s anti-Israel agenda. If Jewish groups would band together and PUSH BACK – supporting Israel’s rights and exposing the hypocrisy of its critics, Israel would be in a much MUCH stronger position.

    Maybe then, 104 murderers (Abdallah Barghouti – 67 Life sentences, Abbas Al-Sayid – 35 Life sentences, Ibrahim Hamad – 54 Life sentences) and their ilk would not be offered up to Obama, just to get Abbas to the Table to talk about what else Israel can be forced to do.

    • joosaretrash

      buying our elected officials does not mean americans dont despise you filth

      • Mike P.

        America would be about 1/3 less than what it now is, were it not for the contributions of the Jews. Jewish Americans have given America things like Broadway, Hollywood, Las Vegas, Miami Beach, its best TV and radio, big bands, Google, Facebook, Intel, Oracle, Qualcomm, Amgen, 1/3 of Wall Street, 1/3 of its Nobel Laureates, psychology, modern finance, qame theory, nuclear power, the nuclear sub, the nuclear triad, thorium test reactors, the Golden Gate Bridge, the vaccines against polio and hepatitis-B, blue jeans, the zipper, the words on the Statue of Liberty, and the inspiration for “all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” And much more amazingly great things, without which America would have been far more puritan, backward and unequal.

    • Sonia Willats

      SO WHY IS ISRAEL LENDING CREDIBILITY TO AMERICA AS A FAIR BROKER WHEN PATENTLY IT IS NOT? We need to apply brakes, seriously.

  • Ziporah

    Kerry is WRONG. The US does NOT consider pre-1967 lands the borders of Israel. ISRAEL CONSISTS OF ALL JUDEA &SAMARIA plus not a few square miles of “Jordan” and “Lebanon”, not to mention all of the Sinai. Whatever Israel has “lost” by virtue of “peace” by piece by piece treaties with the arabs and so- called palestinians is rightfully Israel’s since the arabs and palestinians have NEVER UPHELD A SINGLE TREATY.

  • Pierre

    Mr John Kerry needs to renew his glasses, for having a better sight,in order to read a no fake Middle East History.

  • FlaGuy954

    By the same token, Native Americans can claim that European whites that settled in North America illegally seized Indian lands and built illegal “settlements” (cities, towns, ranches, farms, etc.) on their territory and must abandon these areas and return them to the legitimate tribal owners. What say you to that, Mr. Kerry?

    • Sonia Willats

      So true. And America should release a few thousand murderers as well, to proportionately equal the 104 prisoners it has asked Israel to release.

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