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November 8, 2013 11:57 am

Israel’s Defense Minister Dismisses Kerry ‘Threats’ on Possibility of Third Intifada

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Israel Defense Minister Moshe "Bogie" Ya'alon. Photo: Reuven Kapuscinski. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that failed Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations could lead to a third Palestinian intifada.

“The alternative to getting back to the talks is the potential of chaos. I mean, does Israel want a third intifada?” Kerry said in a televised interview on Israel’s Channel 2.

Responding to Kerry, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said there is “no need to fear threats of whether there will or won’t be a third intifada.”

Daniel Pipes, president of Middle East Forum, said Kerry’s comments represent “the other shoe that’s been waiting to drop since Barack Obama’s warm visit to Israel in March 2013.”

“Even as he accepts Tehran’s fraudulent Iranian assurances concerning its nuclear buildup, Obama’s secretary of state now threatens Israel with Palestinian violence unless it bends to American demands,” Pipes told “The gloves are off: the American president’s—and more broadly the Democratic party’s—true attitudes toward the Jewish state are now on display. Those of us who worried about Israel policy in a second Obama term now have our fears confirmed.”

Kerry also said on Channel 2 that the U.S. agrees with the Palestinian Authority’s position on Israeli construction beyond the 1967 lines.

“[Palestinian leaders] disagreed with [Israeli construction beyond the 1967 lines]. In fact, they said, ‘We don’t agree. We do not think you should be doing settlements.’ We, the United States, say the same thing. We do not believe the settlements are legitimate. We think they’re illegitimate. And we believe that the entire peace process would in fact be easier if these settlements were not taking place,” Kerry said.

Ya’alon, however, noted that the Palestinians’ territorial ambition “does not end in 1967 lines.”

“There is Sheikh Munis—Tel Aviv, Majdal—Ashkelon. We got out of the Gaza Strip and they continue to attack us. They raise their youth to believe that Haifa and Acre are Palestinian ports and more. There is no sign of compromise here,” Ya’alon said.

Member of Knesset Yariv Levin (Likud) said Israel’s “right to build anywhere on its land cannot be questioned.”

“Given the reality in the Middle East, Secretary of State Kerry’s statements, despite their good intentions, only encourage Arab extremists and bring down the chances for peace,” Levin said, according to Israel Hayom.

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  • Liz Wagner

    And what are we American Jews doing about this??? Has there been an outcry from major Jewish organizations? What more is needed before American Jews organize a loud and serious protest against our State Dept.’s Arabist policies, which are shortsighted and, most certainly, not aligned with American democratic interests?

  • Mark NYC

    One of the regular contributors to the Algemeiner is Prof. Alan Dershowitz, a strong defender of Israel, who has stated that he has personally met with President Obama and “trusts” his instincts vis a vis the Jewish state. Haven’t heard from you in a while Alan; where are you?

  • Wallace Edward Brand

    Eugene Rostows succinct summary in Novembe, 1993:
    “The 1920 mandate[for Palestine] implicitly denies Arab claims to national political rights in the area in favour of the Jews; the mandated territory was in effect reserved to the Jewish people for their self-determination and political development, in acknowledgment of the historic connection of the Jewish people to the land. There remains simply the theory that the Arab inhabitants of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have an inherent “natural law” claim to the area. Neither custom ary international law nor the United Nations Charter acknowledges that every group of people claiming to be a nation has the right to a state of its own.” Eugene Rostow, The Future of Palestine, Institute for Streategic Studies, November 1993
    Nothing has changed to reduce the Jewish People’s rights to all of Palestine west of the Jordan River. The roots of the Jewish Peoples’ rights are in the Palestine Mandate, not UN GA resolution 181, the Partition Resolution that was only a recommendation not accepted by the Arab People.. Nor does International law support an Arab unilateral secession from a sovereign state such as the State of Israel.

    • Elliot J. Stamler

      Legally you are right and in a perfect world all of Eretz Israel would be Israeli. We do not live in a perfect world–there are 2 or more million Arabs on the West Bank. They won’t disappear. Nobody in his right mind wants them to become Israeli citizens. Citing these legal statements is all very well but there are facts on the ground…you and other extremists won’t face up to them. I personally despise the Palestinians–I think they are the worst people in the world–but they are THERE!

  • Secretary of State Kerry is a veteran of Vietnam War. A war which the cause if it were false and did never accrued, a worthless war with no brave man. Kerry lives in a world of illusion been able to say does Israel want a third intifada? It is unbelievable that a man like him can be a politician. We live in a word of madness.

  • Michael Lee Robins

    Kerry acts like he is the Delphi oracle,Any one that pays attention has been seeing an increase in terrorist attacks,as a matter of fact every time Israel compromises its security by releasing convicted cold blooded killers en masse,even Abbas,”the more moderate faction of a non homogeneous set of the Palestinian people calls for an increase in resistance to peace and recognition of Israel,now he wishes to blame Israel for the failure of peace talks via indicating such failure will lead to a third Intifada which the Palestinians have been planning to implement regardless of What Israel does or does not do.

  • Dan

    Sect. Kerry’s words suggest that Obama is planning an attack on Israel after the 2014 election.

    • Elliot J. Stamler

      You like Bill Stein below, belong in some kind of ZOA/RJC insanity zone.

  • clint hale

    That useful idiot Kerry; How dare he say “We, the United States” believe the same things as the Palestinians. What a jerk. The majority of “We” (not the left) the United States believe in and support Ysrael. No land for peace!

  • Bill Stein

    My Opinion I would not be surprised if the current US administration was not somehow involved in the increase of Anti Semitism and deligitamazation as far as a pressure tactic on Israel to make concessions. One has to wonder who is pushing the Europeans to do settlement labeling? Who is paying for all these BDS groups. Who are all the Anti Semetic talk backers around the Social Media one has to wonder if there is some organization behind it.
    I believe Obama wants to destroy Israel as the Jewish Homeland for the Jewish People he has not even recognized west Jerusalem as the capital of Israel which supposedly is not considered occupied territory. If Bibi allows this to happen he will be considered a traitor to the Jewish People for eternity

    • noel eliscu

      the USA government is a total laugh,they do not have the foggiest idea about anything. God help us all

    • Sonia Willats

      Yes, Bill. Well-said. They DUPED PM Netanyahu with a false trade-off for protection against Iran, possibly Iran-Syria as well. When Obama’s trip to Israel was announced I believed he was coming to “force the peace” on Israel then.. Long term plot. Kerry and Obama cannot be trusted one inch. It was also clear that Kerry/Obama were behind the European sanctions law etc. as you state.

      We need to pray for PM Netanyahu. He is a good man, even if I did not agree with his agreeing to the “peace” process.

    • Elliot J. Stamler

      It is precisely Bill Stein’s off-the-wall, over-the-top arch-Republican conservative defamation that impelled 70% of American Jews including me to proudly vote for Pres. Obama. According to Mr. Stein who has packed more libel into this diatribe than most of you Republican right-wing fanatics, Obama is Hitler redux. Lots of luck trying to sell this baloney to American Jewry. And by the way, I disagree and have in the past disagreed with most of Pres. Obama’s middle-eastern policy…but this kind of defamatory vilification is precisely why three quarters of American Jews are Democrats.