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November 10, 2013 12:01 pm

“ŽDani Dayan: Kerry to Blame if Peace Talks Fail

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Saudi FM Saud al-Faisal greets John Kerry, November 3rd, 2013. Photo: State Department.

While John Kerry’s attack on Israeli policies may have shocked some during his visit to the Jewish state last week – particularly his statement about a third intifada if peace talks fail – the chief foreign envoy for the Yesha Council, Dani Dayan, was not caught completely by surprise.

“I was surprised to some degree by Kerry pressing the side that has just made concessions – Israel having just released prisoners – instead of addressing Palestinian intransigencies. But American foreign policy has been so misguided for the past month in the Middle East, that nothing can surprise me anymore,” Dayan told Tazpit News Agency.

In an interview with the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation and Israel’s Channel 2 News that aired on Thursday night, the U.S. Secretary of State pointed an accusing finger at Israel, saying that Israelis were not serious enough. Calling Israeli settlements “illegitimate” after meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, Kerry went even further on Thursday night saying that the “entire peace process would in fact be easier if these settlements were not taking place.”

“There is nothing more morally justified in the world for a Jew to return to the heart of his homeland. The perception that a Jew living in Shiloh and Bet El is illegitimate is not only wrong, but utterly absurd,” Dayan told Tazpit.

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“The fact that the U.S. simultaneously appeases Iran by threatening Israel is completely incomprehensible,” the former head of Yesha pointed out.

In the Channel 2 News interview, Kerry used particularly heavy language against the Israeli public.

“Israel says, ‘Oh we feel safe today. We have the wall, we’re not in a day-to-day conflict, we’re doing pretty well economically.’ Well, I’ve got news for you…if we don’t resolve this issue, the Arab world, the Palestinians neighbors, others, are going to begin again to push in a different way,” Kerry stated according to a Times of Israel report.

Dayan believes that Kerry was reckless to start a peace process in the first place. “If the third intifada does break out as Kerry indicated yesterday, the blame will be on Kerry’s shoulders. He is to blame if these negotiations bring violence and terror.”

“Kerry forced Israel to go into negotiations, which any rational person knows will not succeed because of Palestinian intransigencies.”

A former State Department official, Aaron David Miller, stated in a Reuters report back in August regarding Kerry’s push for peace talks that “after two decades of failed talks, violence, [and] broken trust, negotiations without direction are not just a key to an empty room, they’re destructive and harmful.”

“Israel should stop negotiating immediately under the threat of terror that Kerry has clearly indicated is overshadowing the peace talks,” added Dayan.

Meanwhile on Thursday, the Shin Bet and Israeli security forces closed two East Jerusalem offices, which served as a base for Hamas operations in Israel’s capital. The Shin Bet indicated that the offices belonged to charities based in Umm al-Fahm and Nazareth in northern Israel, which were known as Al-Quds Development and Amara al-Aqsa. Israeli security forces stated that “following up-to-date information that Hamas…continues to act there,” action was taken to shut the offices down.

The Amara al-Aqsa office was closed because of “information on activities aiding and supporting Hamas in Jerusalem,” which also “led to violence against visitors and security forces on the Temple Mount.”

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  • Uzi lowenthal

    Well,I do not have the slightest idea of how we in Israel and our Palestinian neighbour’s are going to come to an agreement.both sides want everything ……and more if possible … And are totally convicted that their side is the right side.however the situation cannot continue forever.unrest will be bad for both sides.i have had a suspicion for quite a long time that the Palestinians sell their side of the conflict much better than we Israelis do.as a result I am genuinely apprehensive of increased sanctions.israel is still a quiet spot in this crazy region.for how long is another question.by the way the release of the Palestinian prisoners .. Just to hear the Palestinians say no,no,no and no……is disappointing ..but ask 99% of the Israeli Jewish population….and they would probably have been against an early release.

    • JHoward

      Uzi: “. . . the Palestinians sell their side of the conflict much better than we Israelis do.” Suggestion: Try looking at things from a different point of view. You sound like a reasonable man, and one who’s genuinely making an effort to figure things out. I assume you have that impression of the greater success of Palestinians selling their side of the story because of the declining image of Israel in the international community on one hand, and on the other, the greater appeal the Palestinian story seems to be acquiring internationally, especially since they’ve discontinued suicide bombings. I would guess that is a very difficult reality to accept, almost as difficult to accept as the underlying reasons for it being the insufferable conditions forced upon them by the boot of Israeli authority, which, in itself, represents flagrant sacrilege under Judaic law. But compounding the difficult realities is the powerful efficiency of hasbara which creates a bubble of distortion so impenetrable,living within which is like a fish in a bowl which has no idea of its limitations relative to the world outside.

  • JHoward

    As an indicator of the disregard Netanyahu’s Israel shows for the indigenous people of the land, take a look at what they are doing to the Bedouins, a fragile ancient culture being uprooted by Israeli bulldozers. I don’t want to hear of your generous release of political prisoners, or your sending aid to the victims of natural disasters. Take care of the people under your boot of tyranny first, then show your concern for your fellow man, quietly, not to be fed to the hasbara machine, but just for the simple reason that it is the right thing to do. As for Kerry and all other U.S. presence in Jerusalem, I want them to pack up and come home, and stop making fools of themselves and lying to the American people aboutthe charade of a “Peace Process.” Israel is on a manic quest for the ultimate fulfillment of the heavenly mandate of the Promised Land, Iretz Yisrael, which does not allow for territorial compromise.

  • Dov

    Why is everyone so shocked. We knew that in the second term, President Obama is going to unleash his full hate for Bibi and Jews. Obama can’t stand a Jew who is strong. He loves Jews like J Street, weak and meek.

    • JHoward

      Dov, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Obama is a great disappointment, his failed policy re Israel/Palestine being just one among many. As a former devout supporter of Israel who is past fed up over the subservience U.S. governments have increasingly displayed in relation to Israel, I plead with our government to pursue policies serving the primary interests of the U.S. and peace in the world which would require a radical change in our alliance with Israel. Obama is no anti-Semite, but he clearly has no love for that low class Bibi fellow.

    • JHoward

      One more thing. “… weak and meek like J-St Jews?” Or,the Jews of Hitler’s Germany? I see where you’re coming from and I don’t blame you for needing to address that aspect of your history. As an outsider who has no right to pass judgement on things related to the Shoah, I do have one thing to respectfully say to my Jewish and Israeli friends. Be very careful playing the victimhood card. Over- compensation can be a powerfully self-defeating psychopathology when extended beyond the place where simple self-esteem is restored. Beware the bully.

  • Jack Tucker

    Yes, it is true that the Palestinians really are not negotiating in good faith because they really have not given up on the hope that one day they will destroy Israel. But it is also true that Israel does not negotiate in good faith because it really has not given up on the belief that it should control the entire greater land of Israel and that Israel should have the right to create settlements in any part of the ancient land of Israel and that the Arabs have no right to have a state there, but at best, should live there only by Israeli tolerance, not fundamental right. Hence Israel does not agree that it should ever stop building settlements because it, not the Palestinians have complete rights to the whole land of Israel.

    With neither side negotiating in good faith, I guess there will never be any real hope for peace. At best, only a period of truce until one side completely destroys and kills off the other.

  • Jack Tucker

    Yes, it is true that the Palestinians really are not negotiating in good faith because they really have not given up on the hope that one day they will destroy Israel. But it is also true that Israel does not negotiate in good faith because it really has not given up on the belief that it should control the entire greater land of Israel and that Israel should have the right to create settlements in any part of the ancient land of Israel and that the Arabs have no right to have a state there, but at best, should live there only by Israeli tolerance, not fundamental right. Hence Israel does not agree that it should ever stop building settlements because it, not the Palestinians have complete rights to the whole land of Israel.

    With neither side negotiating in good faith, I guess there will never be any real hope for peace. At best, only a period of truce until one side completely destroys and kills off the other.

    I guess under such circumstance

  • Chaim F

    yes, kerry is bad but if a third intifada starts when so-called negotiations fail it will not be Kerry’s fault. The fact that the writer states this illustrates the main problem: if it clearly Israel’s fault for entertaining, against basic common sense, the idea that peace is possible with a non-people whose state goal is not to acquire a state of their own but rather to destroy the Jewish one. Israel has shown astonishing weakness in surrendering to an extremely weak enemy. By “surrender” I mean not only the surrender of land necessary for security (all of the land is necessary since any concession merely emboldens these awful people and results in terror) but the establishment of the PA lead by pathological murderers placed in their position by Israel itself (plus the release of murderers to form a security force for our enemy, arming them, etc. etc). So, as bad as Kerry is he’s really irrelevant to all this. The problem is Israel’s deep desire to find favor in the eyes of the goyim. The result of these misguided and irresponsible policies is just the opposite – it invites more pressure and more explicit anti-semitism. Did I forget to mention that Israel had basically strengthened every lie that forms the basis of the “Palestinian” claims to Israel?

    • Rachel

      Israeli politicians and Jews have been pawns in the American and Palestinian chess game.Israel’s war is against her own people. Consider Gush Katif a peaceful settlement uprooted from Jewish territory,and labeled by the government as violent extremists.U.S.A policy has engaged in persuading Israel to relinquish large sections of the West Bank to terrorists.Hebron is in the Biblical heartland of Judea in the West Bank,home to the Patriarch’s, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the place where King David was anointed,bartered for peace that never came to fruition.Jerusalem is divided in two,East and West,and yet politician’s always claim Jerusalem is one.Consider Gaza, Israel’s retreat brought destruction of Synagogues and Jewish communities.This action has given Hamas the power to convert Gaza into a terrorist capital on Israel’s borders.Israel negotiates and concedes to Hama’s policies.Our politician’s have allowed the media to accept Palestinian propaganda to the detriment of its own people.Israel has allowed the international community to believe the lie that Israel is the occupier of her own territory.Perhaps we have reached a turning point, Netanyahu will need to adopt a hardline policy in regard to Iran.Israel must move to protect its own interests, and no longer rely on the mismanagement of the U.S.

    • LBJeffrie

      “yes, kerry is bad but if a third intifada starts when so-called negotiations fail it will not be Kerry’s fault. The fact that the writer states this illustrates the main problem: ”

      That problem is perhaps that you lack basic reading comprehension skills. The author was quoting someone else. You’ll notice the little diacritic marks at the beginning and end of the sentence. Those are called quotation marks.

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