John Kerry saves the world

posted at 5:31 pm on July 20, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

The rumors began flying some time in the evening on Wednesday. Something was up in the Middle East, including a potential breakthrough in reopening negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Ed checked on the story on Thursday and found that the biggest piece of link-bait in it – the idea of Israel agreeing to a return to pre-1967 borders as a ticket back to the bargaining table – was roundly denied by officials. But that hasn’t put an end to the speculation by a long shot.

Nothing ever seems to come easy in the Middle East, but Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that there was “a basis” for a new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, which would be the first such talks in several years.

Kerry made the announcement in Amman, Jordan, after a series of discussions with Palestinian and Arab leaders.

“We have reached an agreement that establishes the basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis,” Kerry said. “This is a significant and welcome step forward.”

The article goes on to reinforce Ed’s conclusion that the 1967 borders rumor was nothing more than a piece of media trolling to try to force Israel’s hand. Netanyahu ruled that out by Thursday night, and it doesn’t appear to be some form of stagecraft to establish a better initial bargaining position. So what is it, if anything, that John Kerry has actually accomplished here, and why are we hearing about it now?

In short, not much of anything. The Secretary of State’s most recent press release seems to admit precisely that if you take the time to read through the blizzard of self-congratulatory and hopeful adjectives. “[An] agreement that establishes the basis for resuming direct final status negotiations?” That sounds more like something out of a Mel Brooks film than a breakthrough in a decades long, stagnant negotiation. Were one a bit more cynical, one might reword it to say, “We’ve definitely come up with an idea that both sides said they might think about as a way to agree on a time to have a phone call about resuming talks without immediately hanging up on each other.

Granted, that might be better than nothing, but not by much. Yes, he’s saying that they’ve already agreed to come to Washington for a chat. And, at least according to CNN, Israel has agreed to release some Palestinian hostages as a precursor to the “deal” in the works. But agreeing to a phone call in DC isn’t much different than agreeing from your house. And as for the Israeli offer on the prisoners, it’s not the first time they’ve made a good will gesture. Does that add up to some type of imminent deal?

What’s far more likely to my way of thinking can be discovered by simply looking at the calendar. In little more than six months the serious ground work will be well underway for anyone thinking of running for President. And while Kerry may be the only one delusional enough to find the idea plausible, he still hasn’t gotten over his loss in 2004 and feels that he’s owed another bite at that apple. Kerry coveted the SecState position for years, and if I may be pardoned for being a bit skeptical, it wasn’t just out of some desire to heal the world. His credentials for a POTUS bid were never all that strong, but a turn at State would burnish them considerably. (Look what it’s done for Hillary in the popular media.) And both parties in the talks get the benefit of some good PR on the world stage for looking like they’re trying.

But as for Kerry, just being in the office isn’t enough. Whether it’s looking for a huge hit on the resume for a presidential bid or just to try to cement his legacy, Kerry needs a big win in foreign affairs. And there’s no bigger brass ring on this ride than a “victory” in the Middle East peace process. Unfortunately for him, nobody has actually accomplished anything substantial and lasting there since the end of the Yom Kippur War and the sealing and stabilization of the Egyptian border. The idea that Kerry has suddenly thought of something nobody else has tried, leading to some new era of progress, is more than a little far fetched. Far more likely is the idea that Kerry is just trying to polish his own apple before his time in a very advantageous office runs out.


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A non comment …..
Don’t comment on this piece .
( no offence Jazz )

Lucano on July 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM

A big nothing burger. Just something to make news. A chimera.

JimK on July 20, 2013 at 5:39 PM

No comment

losarkos on July 20, 2013 at 5:39 PM

With all of the trouble and turmoil in the Middle East (Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iran, Hizbollah, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and it’s affiliates) – this is what Lurch is focusing on?

Of course, this is also the same nimrod who called Bashir al-Assad, the butcher leading Syria who has killed nearly 100,000 of his own people, ‘a reformer’ – and is best friends with the Muslim Brotherhood (and other enemies of the US).

Not only is ‘leading from behind’ the official policy of the US under the Obama Administration, this Administration continues to find / demonstrate unbelievable incompetence when it comes to our foreign policy.

Athos on July 20, 2013 at 5:39 PM

In order to beat Hillary in a primary battle Kerry will have to kill at least 3 Ambassadors.

2Tru2Tru on July 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

In order to beat Hillary in a primary battle Kerry will have to kill at least 3 Ambassadors.

2Tru2Tru on July 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

You think anyone takes our protection of Israel seriously?

We don’t even care to value our own losses.

I want to live in a country where there are protests and vigils in 100 cities after massacres.

Benghazi and Boston come to mind.

IlikedAUH2O on July 20, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Israel has agreed to release some Palestinian hostages as a precursor to the “deal”

And as for the Israeli offer on the prisoners, it’s not the first time they’ve made a good will gesture.

Please forgive my confusion, but aren’t those two definitions conflicting? Did Israel kidnap some innocent Palestinian cherubs from their idyllic communal utopia, or were they arrested for breaking laws?

A murderer being jailed for his crimes is a prisoner, not a hostage. Even the Palestinians aren’t calling the prisoners hostages.

Rode Werk on July 20, 2013 at 5:54 PM

If you want to be a lead actor on the world stage it is helpful to know the plot of the play, the background of the tale, the interests driving the other actors. It helps to know your lines, blocking the scenes and timing. It is a serious story and turning it into ad lib stand up comedy won’t have folks laughing with you in the end.

BL@KBIRD on July 20, 2013 at 5:57 PM

In order to beat Hillary in a primary battle Kerry will have to kill at least 3 Ambassadors.

2Tru2Tru on July 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

You think anyone takes our protection of Israel seriously?

We don’t even care to value our own losses.

I want to live in a country where there are protests and vigils in 100 cities after massacres.

Benghazi and Boston come to mind.

IlikedAUH2O on July 20, 2013 at 5:50 PM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 21h

If Zimmerman wanted Obama to leave him alone, he should have just killed a US ambassador.

davidk on July 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM

I too must object to the use of the word “hostages”. That is very bad usage and plays into a lot of things one doesn’t wish to play into. If Kerry or some other nincompoop used that inflammatory word, please attribute it; otherwise please correct it.

Jocon307 on July 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Kerry needs to save the world. He’s got the save the world complex, or you could call it savetheworlditis, which is the same thing afflicting most of the libs and leftist Dems pushing the highly dubious catastrophic global warming (CAGW) scare meme, which Kerry of course also pushes with rabid enthusiasm on a daily basis.

So, a brief detour into talking about the greens and CAGW, as they suffer from Kerry’s savetheworlditis. In this telegraph article Lord Nigel Lawson says “The greens are the new Reds… The two appeal to the same constituencies, those who have lost their religion and are looking for a new meaning of life. The environmental cause is not a matter of reason but of belief.”

So, bereft of spirit, they need to try to gravitate to some secular “higher plane.” You see this in their zealous desire is to save the world, but so far the zealots are only messing things up. I wish they’d stop and desist with their self-righteous / sanctimonious and potentially very destructive mission to save everyone else.

anotherJoe on July 20, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Lurch has never ‘accomplished’ anything in his life. Just like his buddy King Barry.

I wouldn’t expect things to change now.

GarandFan on July 20, 2013 at 6:11 PM

John F’n Kerry desperately needs some real accomplishments if he is going to take on Herself for 2016. He’s in a perfect position to contrast his skills with hers, and since she did pretty much nothing of any good as SoS, the bar is pretty low for JF’nK.

slickwillie2001 on July 20, 2013 at 6:11 PM

The question is then, how much will Kerry screw America to get the appearance of some progress in the paliosimian and Israel peace talks?

jukin3 on July 20, 2013 at 6:16 PM

http://swiftvets.com/

Facts count up in spite of the liar msm hacks.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 20, 2013 at 6:16 PM

This guy? Save the world? I don’t think so.

Bmore on July 20, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Peace so called process.

1…Israel is acting in a good-will gesture on their part by
releasing PalistianinGazaJihadyGoons from prison.

2.Pali’s will wait till there safely in the West Bank.

3.If they do get to the table,new demands will be demanded
by Team Jihady.

4.The peace Process will go sour,thats a given.

5.The WH Team and MSM will blame Israel for the Failure.

6.Team WH,with there Superiority Super WorldView MindSet
StateCraft Power,will be stunned/GobSmacked that they
couldn’t git ur done!

7.Hopey/Changey will Speechify with another Speechy,inwhich
somehow,he’ll connect the Peace Process and the FallOut of
the Travon-Martin/Zimmerman Racial InJustice FallOut Manuf-
actured OutRageous OutRagey!!!

canopfor on July 20, 2013 at 6:30 PM

This guy? Save the world? I don’t think so.

Bmore on July 20, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Bmore:Lol…:)

canopfor on July 20, 2013 at 6:31 PM

So Kerry is off, shuttling in the ME between Israel and “Palestine” while ignoring the other more inflammatory issues in the area? I guess that Tuh-ray-zuh has gotten over her gin-soaked-raisin coma enough to knock off Kerry’s sailing while Egypt was in flames from the front page.

He is an utter buffoon.

onlineanalyst on July 20, 2013 at 6:36 PM

As if this is going to happen……….

John Kerry visits Middle East, July 2013
Mideast peace talks 2013

Palestinian official: President Mahmoud Abbas agrees to restart peace talks with Israel after US said 1967 border lines basis for talks – @AP

4 hours ago from bigstory.ap.org by editor
==============================================

Palestinians say ’67 borders basis for talks
By IAN DEITCH
— Jul. 20 5:21 PM EDT
*********************

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/israel-palestinian-prisoners-be-freed-talks

canopfor on July 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Palestinian hostages

Jazz Shaw, as usual, accepts and uses the lefts terms. I wasn’t aware that Israel took hostages. Maybe the word ‘prisoners’ would have been more appropriate?

preallocated on July 20, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Where is the thread or headline about Helen Thomas’ death today?

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Yes, “prisoners” (which I also used) was the correct term. Must be the Stallone movies I was watching.

Jazz Shaw on July 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

I wonder how Mrs. Kerry is doing?

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

has agreed to release some Palestinian hostages

WTF hostages????

paulsur on July 20, 2013 at 7:06 PM

has agreed to release some Palestinian hostages

Palestinian hostages??? WT?

paulsur on July 20, 2013 at 7:16 PM

I wonder if Jenjis Kawn will be attending these negosiations?

NOMOBO on July 20, 2013 at 7:20 PM

If Biden is “Sloe Joe”, what would Lurch’s other nick-name be?

Another Drew on July 20, 2013 at 7:25 PM

A Kerry staffer was apparently, allegedly, fired for leaking a small segment of Kerry’s reaction to this nothing-burger while enroute back to the States and another weekend aboard his yacht, well, OK, Theresa’s yacht…

Apparently, Kerry said something along the lines of, “What? I did a heck of a lot more than that Bozo on Pennsylvania Avenue did…where the hell is my Nobel Peace Prize??? Damn affirmative action.”

Kerry’s official spokesperson denied this comment ever took place, saying, “Secretary Kerry is a fond friend of Mr. Obama, and would never disparage the President, regardless. Damn affirmative action.”

The White House press secretary, Jay Carney, issued a statement as well, “Secretary Kerry, who? Oh, wait, that’s right, the harridan jumped ship, didn’t she? And whatizname took over? Nobody tells my nuthin’ no more. OK. Look, we killed Hillary’s shot art the Presidency by making her SecState. We can do the same with Kerry. But that’s off the record, right? Is this mic live???”

Meanwhile in Amman, Jordan, the reaction was, “That sharmoota…gonna cost us as small fortune to clean up that hotel suite…idiot flooded the place. Wanted to windsurf in the hallway…water ain’t cheap around here, bokesh. Gave us a damn carton of ketchup to cover the damages.”

And from Jerusalem, a Knesset spokesperson said, “Kerry? Gai kukken afen yam.”

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Where is the thread or headline about Helen Thomas’ death today?

OmahaConservative on July 20, 2013 at 6:42 PM

OmahaConservative:——————–:O
=========================================

President Obama on Helen Thomas: A true pioneer, opening doors and breaking down barriers for generations of women in journalism – @markknoller

6 hours ago by editor
=========================

https://twitter.com/markknoller

canopfor on July 20, 2013 at 7:59 PM


Hopeys on the Job!!??

Tweets

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 4h

Pres Obama back at WH after nearly 5 hour round of golf in mid-90s heat. Is that fun?
==========================

https://twitter.com/markknoller

canopfor on July 20, 2013 at 8:01 PM

These hostages.. Most of them have been tried and convicted of murder, some of them mass murder. There are 1000s of Palestinian prisoners in our Israeli jails because they are a terrorist people who glorify violence and revel in it.

1000s of Israelis have been killed by these Palestinians. International media minimizes the violence against us Jews, that’s the only reason you don’t see the headlines daily of these pigs being arrested tried and thrown in jail, only to be released from murder sentences to make Barack Hussein Obama and his band of merry terrorist apologists happy.

saus on July 20, 2013 at 8:03 PM

And from Jerusalem, a Knesset spokesperson said, “Kerry? Gai kukken afen yam.”

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 7:50 PM

coldwarrior:Haha,very nice………..*UpTwinkles*!:)

canopfor on July 20, 2013 at 8:03 PM

These hostages.

saus on July 20, 2013 at 8:03 PM
———————————

saus:

Long time,no see saus,and the WH is going to sell out Israel,and stab her in the back.

Like you have noted,and corrected the facts,these BarBaric
Jihady scum,will no doubt,plot/plan,and attempt to kill Is
raeli citizens once again!

Its a NeverEnding Circle of Violence,that comes from the Pali/
Arab/Persia Goons!!

I trust,this round Bi Bi,will tell OBama to go BOINK himself,
in the name of Peace!!

From Canada,

good to see you again saus—————————:)

canopfor on July 20, 2013 at 8:12 PM

I wonder how Mrs. Kerry is doing?

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Cindy Munford:This seems to be the latest?:)
============================================

Teresa Heinz Kerry upgraded from ‘fair’ to ‘good’ condition, moved to rehab hospital
Published July 11, 2013
************************

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/11/heinz-kerry-upgraded-from-fair-to-good-condition-moved-to-rehab-hospital/

canopfor on July 20, 2013 at 8:17 PM

canopfor on July 20, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Thanks for the up-twinkles…hmmm.. I think. Well, thanks.

As for Mrs. Kerry…maybe she got as sick of John F. Kerry as the rest of us?

OK…not nice to say. But they never did offer a diagnosis of the illness? Ketchup allergy gone wild?

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 8:29 PM

When asked what does America bring to the table in the Peace Process, Secretary Kerry replied, condiments.

OliverB on July 20, 2013 at 8:29 PM

OliverB on July 20, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Badabump!!! Rim shot!

[I am gonna steal that....]

:-)

.

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Where is Jaws when you need him for that staged shot of Kerry before he hits the drink?

Does he use his face as the rudder or the sail?

Sherman1864 on July 20, 2013 at 8:46 PM

All these types have to do is say, “Let it be so!” and it is! even if it really isn’t!

Remember, when an official of the State tells you he’s holding up five fingers and it’s actually four, you better think (no, not just answer correctly) five.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 20, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Kerry uses Heinz ketchup, Hillary uses Benghazi blood.

profitsbeard on July 21, 2013 at 4:52 AM

And, at least according to CNN, Israel has agreed to release some Palestinian hostages as a precursor to the “deal” in the works.

Freudian slip?

ProfessorMiao on July 21, 2013 at 8:16 AM

The idea that we can, from our Olympian heights, solve the problem between the Israelis and all their neighbors is just going to lead to us being frustrated by every Secretary of State who gets involved in the Middle East, no matter how well meaning or buffoonish the SoS might be.

SmallishBees on July 21, 2013 at 11:13 AM