John Kerry still the only Secretary of State in 20 years to fail at ceasefire efforts in Mideast

posted at 3:21 pm on July 25, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Secretary of State John Kerry failed on Friday to achieve a ceasefire between Israel and forces loyal to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Israel’s Security Cabinet unanimously rejected the latest ceasefire proposal, which called for only a week-long cessation of hostilities. This is only the latest in a series of ceasefire proposals advanced by the United States and its regional allies the either Israel or Hamas have rejected.

“The agony of events on the ground in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, all of them together, simply cannot be overstated,” Kerry said in a statement in Cairo on Friday announcing the failure of his latest proposal.

Some reports have suggested that Jerusalem’s frustration with the United States was augmented after a 48-hour ban on flights was imposed on Israel by the Federal Aviation Administration. Hamas members called the ban a “great victory.”

“The failure of the new cease-fire proposal comes as five Palestinians were shot and killed in protests Friday in the West Bank after Palestinians called for a ‘Day of Rage’ against the Israeli military’s operation,” USA Today reported. The situation on the ground in Gaza was made even worse in the wake of an attack on a United Nations school in Gaza in which 15 died. That attack was reportedly linked to Israel, but that has not yet been confirmed by independent observers.

The conflict — in its 18th day — has killed 828 Palestinians and left 5,200 injured, said Ashraf al-Kidra, a Palestinian health official. In Israel, 38 people have been killed since July 8, including 35 soldiers, two Israeli civilians and a Thai worker.

Via the New York Daily News, this latest failure cements Kerry’s position as the only American Secretary of State to fail to get combatants on either side of the Israeli/Palestinian equation to agree to a ceasefire amid ongoing hostilities in more than 20 years.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton’s first Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, negotiated the Oslo Accords in which both Israel and Palestine took the monumental step of establishing the Palestinian Authority. Christopher’s successor, Madeleine Albright, brokered a peace deal in 1997 when violence again flared after a spate of suicide bombings and Israel’s refusal to surrender a portion of the West Bank.

George W. Bush’s Former Secretary of State Colin Powell negotiated a peace deal in 2003 which froze Israeli settlements. Sec. Condoleezza Rice negotiated a ceasefire between Hamas, the newly elected ruling party of the evacuated Gaza Strip, in 2008 when the terror network began firing rockets into Israeli territory.

Finally, Obama’s first chief diplomat, Hillary Clinton, led successful peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government in 2010 when hostilities again erupted over Jerusalem’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.

While it is a black mark on his career, Kerry’s failure to negotiate a ceasefire is not really his own. The administration he represents has surrendered much of its influence in the region, and the latest FAA ban only exacerbated tensions between Israel and the United States. What is certain is that blood will be shed as a result of America’s declining regional influence.

An earlier version of this post claimed that the 1993 Oslo agreement included the mutual recognition of both parties as states.


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You do know that any “Palestinian” is free to leave and emigrate to any other Arab country that will have them. Problem is … no one wants them.

darwin on July 25, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Oh snap.
Another lefty meme just shot to he11 by a couple mere facts.

dentarthurdent on July 25, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Nobody respects Obama or his minions.

The horsey face doesn’t help much either. How much GoreBull warming did Kerry cause by wasting a flight to Israel?

Where’s Obama today? Ho-Hum.

Obama Schedule || Friday, July 25, 2014
by KEITH KOFFLER on JULY 24, 2014, 9:38 PM
10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
2:00 pm || Meets with President Molina of Guatemala, President Hernandez of Honduras, and President Ceren of El Salvador; Cabinet Room

All times Eastern

Key West Reader on July 25, 2014 at 5:06 PM

The Obama Manifesto

Chilling… but a must read – especially in light of Obama’s most recent comments about “I don’t care if it’s legal.. it’s wrong.

Key West Reader on July 25, 2014 at 5:14 PM

John Kerry still the only Secretary of State in 20 years to fail at ceasefire efforts in Mideast

If donabernathy hadn’t gotten the hammer, he’d probably something like this:

roflmmfao

pain train on July 25, 2014 at 5:24 PM

probably say something

PIMF

pain train on July 25, 2014 at 5:30 PM

A black mark on a blank slate…at least he has a mark. Better than Hillary, who had nothing when she finished.

At least he can say “I almost…”

right2bright on July 25, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Some assistance please:
Obama, Kerry: Which one is Bumble, and which is Stumble?

Another Drew on July 25, 2014 at 6:19 PM

crosshugger on July 25, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Well, no. Actually, Kerry didn’t acquire full blown traitor status until he met with the North Vietnamese in Paris while commissioned as an Ensign (Lt.) in the US Navy Reserves.

Logan Act.

BigAlSouth on July 25, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Poor Johnny. He so wants that Nobel Peace Prize. He’ll be able to wear it to all those uber rich cocktail parties.

GarandFan on July 25, 2014 at 6:29 PM

So the extra botox didn’t get the job done, huh, John?

Ay Uaxe on July 25, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Some assistance please:
Obama, Kerry: Which one is Bumble, and which is Stumble?
Another Drew on July 25, 2014 at 6:19 PM

zero = bumble
Mrs Heinz’s paramour = stumble

Carry on…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 25, 2014 at 6:56 PM

John Kerry: Failed at war, failed at peace…

landlines on July 25, 2014 at 6:58 PM

I would think any reasonable person would question the sustainability of imprisoning 1.7 million other human beings. But I guess from reading comments here it shows that I am special.

coolrepublica on July 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

No, you are willfully passing a falsehood, which tells others that only thing ‘special’ about you is that you harbor anti-Semitic leanings.

zoyclem on July 25, 2014 at 6:58 PM

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry needs to readjust his priorities.

When the U.S. southern border is being INVADED by hundreds of thousands of ILLEGAL aliens, the U.S. Secretary of State’s FIRST PRIORITY should be to work with his counterparts in MEXICO, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS and EL SALVADOR to stop the INVASION.

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry should not have time to travel to Israel while the lack of security on our own border is putting U.S. CITIZENS in danger.

wren on July 25, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Not to worry…

Lurch is legendary for giving himself medals anyway.

viking01 on July 25, 2014 at 7:28 PM

John, have a Jen-Gess Khan theme night for all warring parties on your (I mean your wife’s) yacht parked in RI. Get them all drunk and have them sign a napkin. Show the napkin to the Press the next day.

steveracer on July 25, 2014 at 7:31 PM

canopfor on July 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Is there some reason you need to fill every thread with Twitter posts that we could all read for ourselves on Twitter?

Shump on July 25, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Why the long face John Fraud? Exposed as a boring pompous know nothing jerk on the world stage got ya down?

Stick with something you’re good at…sitting on a back bench, jumping in front of TV cameras and microphones and trolling for rich Widows…

glcinpdx on July 25, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Blood will be shed because of Hamas, not America. Let’s lay off this “blame America first” bs. I thought we didn’t like it.

PBH on July 25, 2014 at 9:25 PM

You do know that any “Palestinian” is free to leave and emigrate to any other Arab country that will have them. Problem is … no one wants them.

darwin on July 25, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Hey, ISIS finally said they welcome all Muslims in their effort to create an Islamic state. It only took 60+ years for anothe Arabic country to agree to assimilate the “displaced Palestinians”.

Let’s see the UN offer to transport them in order to end the violence.

talkingpoints on July 25, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Blood will be shed because of Hamas, not America. Let’s lay off this “blame America first” bs. I thought we didn’t like it.

Nobody, other than the likes of the “progressives”, are blaming America, only the feckless “leaders” who are a) American in name only, and b) enabling Hamas.

F X Muldoon on July 25, 2014 at 10:05 PM

http://michellemalkin.com/?p=158012

For anyone that didn’t catch this Epic photo of Bibi and Lurch earlier.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

talkingpoints on July 25, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Hey, ISIS finally said they welcome all Muslims in their effort to create an Islamic state. It only took 60+ years for anothe Arabic country to agree to assimilate the “displaced Palestinians”.

Let’s see the UN offer to transport them in order to end the violence.

talkingpoints on July 25, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Hamas will shoot anyone that tries to relocate ‘palestinians’. Those are their human shields.

slickwillie2001 on July 25, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Hey, Kerry….the Secretary of State is merely an extension of the Brave Mo Fo in the Whitehouse.

You’re a gofor John, just like Hillary.

How does it feel to stand on the other side of the Red line….naked and afraid ?

JayTee on July 25, 2014 at 11:04 PM

There should be no cease-fire.

Sherman1864 on July 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM

Give Kerry his do. At least he got the people out before they were murdered, unlike Hillary(what difference does it make) Clinton.

pwb on July 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I used to say it was their agenda driving all they do. It is still agenda at the top of their list, but now I believe they are also frikkin’ bumbling buffoons.

Woody

woodcdi on July 26, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Well when you have congress running its own foreign policy and telling favored country to ignore the secretary of state, it is not a very hard task to fail.

coolrepublica on July 25, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Your anti-Semitism Jew hatred is palpable.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

There, fify.

Franklin100 on July 26, 2014 at 2:46 PM

John Kerry is also the first traitor (see his trip to Paris to meet with the North Vietnamese in 1970) to serve as Secretary of State.

zoyclem on July 27, 2014 at 7:10 AM

I suggest that every SOS has failed at negotiating a meaningful cease fire in the ME. That is why their successors have to do it all over again.

I doubt there will ever be peace there. The Muslims hate the Jews who just want to be left alone. No one has ever been able to change that.

Y2K on July 28, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Probably didn’t help that he was caught on microphone mocking Israel.

easyt65 on July 28, 2014 at 2:38 PM

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