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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Kerry’s book: Canard Choices

mankai on July 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Kerry is an epic failure…

OmahaConservative on July 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM

John Kerry is the biggest loser ever to be Secretary of State. Yes, that includes the alcoholic murderess that’s currently trying to flog her corpse of a book tour.

joekenha on July 25, 2014 at 3:25 PM

LilliPutin “Da, we can”

All ignore the US, because they can.

obama will golf and then Martha’s Vineyard…

Congratulations USA!

Congratulations stupid world – you cheered orgasmically for “obama, obama, obama” in 2008.

He’s all yours now.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2014 at 3:27 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

“Oh my god, he’s coming home now” — Mrs. Heinz

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Maybe Paris would have been a better venue.

percysunshine on July 25, 2014 at 3:27 PM

So, what else is new? The entire theme of this admin is failure. At least in the sense of how WE define failure.

hawkeye54 on July 25, 2014 at 3:27 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 is palpable.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Jinjus Kahn never brokered a ceasefire there either.

Flange on July 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

I suppose Kerry is a better SoS than The Hildabeast only by virtue of not having gotten an Ambassador killed… yet…

ConstantineXI on July 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Did I read somewhere that he served in Vietnam?

Dingbat63 on July 25, 2014 at 3:29 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.

foolrepublica on July 25, 2014 at 3:27 PM

You are an ignorant piece of shit. And a bigot. Go the fukk away.

HumpBot Salvation on July 25, 2014 at 3:30 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.

I agree with the Hamas charter calling for the death of Jews.

coolrepublica on July 25, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Fixed

mankai on July 25, 2014 at 3:30 PM

The problem is that none of those ceasefires have meant squat.

Okay, Carter and his crew bought Egypt off the Russians. In Mideast terms, as much as that’s cost, it’s almost looking like a good deal.

Nothing that’s happened since has been worth the effort. Shultz saving Arafat’s ass in ’82 in Lebanon being perhaps the worst moment of all.

JEM on July 25, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Did I read somewhere that he served in Vietnam?

Dingbat63 on July 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Briefly, yes and he hold the record for most purple heart citations for wounds that never required hospitalization.

ConstantineXI on July 25, 2014 at 3:30 PM

This failure will be seared into his memory, SEARED!

Bishop on July 25, 2014 at 3:31 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

That’s good to know when the real Secretary of State is the Anti-Semitic Bigot, Jeremiah Wright.

sentinelrules on July 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

John Kerry Obama.

22044 on July 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

It’s Kerry’s boss who weakens his cards to play.

Although, Kerry should be faulted for working for a moron like Obama.

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coolrepublica on June 26, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

After Kerry’s third speak-o, the Israelis quit listening.

Which was some time ago, even before he was Secretary.

LetsBfrank on July 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Kerry won’t get a peace deal because the world has changed. The Arab-Israeli conflict is no longer the central conflict of the Middle East. That would be the Sunni-Shia civil war, with Iran and its proxies on one side, and Saudi Arabia and its allies on the other.

Hamas picked the wrong side. Its main support has always been Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, which is equally loathed by the Gulf State monarchies, and by the current Egyptian government. Increasingly, if quietly, the Sunni states look towards Israel as an ally in this war against the common enemy, Iran.

The Palestinians were always just cannon fodder in the wider Arab war against Israel. Now that that war is on hold, they are sh*t out of luck.

This is Israel’s opportunity to crush Hamas, and they will take it. This does not mean that Israel and the Sunni states will remain BFF’s forever, but you can be sure the Israelis will not let this crisis go to waste.

Joseph K on July 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Why did Israel even let that jackass land his plane in their country?

oceansidecon on July 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

https://twitter.com/markknoller

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 1m

Kerrry says Netanyahu tells him reports that Israeli Cabinet rejected a ceasefire plan are “not true” & will issue statement on that.

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · now

In Cairo, Kerry said some “terminology” in the framework for a cessation of violence still has to be worked through.

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · 21s

At the WH, @PressSec reaffirmed US objective to bring about a cessation of the violence in Gaza conflict as soon as possible.

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · 46s

“None of us here are stopping,” says Kerry. He says he’s confident “we have a framework that will work” to end the Gaza conflict.

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Mark Knoller @markknoller · 1m

In Cairo, @JohnKerry says he continues to pursue 7-day pause in the Gaza conflict. He says Netanyahu also wants to find way forward.

canopfor on July 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Grrr. any cr on any page is too much, quoted or not.

22044 on July 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Why did Israel even let that jackass land his plane in their country?

oceansidecon on July 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

They were hoping a stray Hamas rocket would get lucky.

Guess they’re not that lucky.

Meople on July 25, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Your anti-Semitism is palpable.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

I think I asked you to call me a self-hating jew or JINO please. :-)

coolrepublica on July 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

I think I asked you to call me a self-hating jew or JINO please. :-)

coolrepublica on July 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

I thought you were a anti-Semitic Negro.

sentinelrules on July 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM

SMART POWER!

Pelosi Schmelosi on July 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM

http://www.breakingnews.com/

Gaza, PS
1m
US Secretary of State Kerry: Working toward 7-day ceasefire over Eid al-Fitr in order to build longer ceasefire in Gaza – @JonDonnison
see original on twitter.com
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https://twitter.com/JonDonnison

Jon Donnison @JonDonnison · 10s

Ban ki moon: need to work towards ending 47 year occupation.

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Jon Donnison @JonDonnison · 18s

Ban ki moon: “we need to stop the bloodshed.” Hold the front page.

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Jon Donnison @JonDonnison · 1m

Hope of a 12 hour” down payment” ceasefire which could be built on tomorrow. Let’s see what tonight brings.

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Jon Donnison @JonDonnison · 2m

Kerry says Netanyahu agreed to 12 hour ceasefire.

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Jon Donnison @JonDonnison · 3m

John Kerry Says 7 days would give chance to build confidence and step back but that ceasefire framework not there yet.

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Jon Donnison @JonDonnison · 4m

John Kerry says 7 day ceasefire would be to honour eid. Israel already rejected.

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Jon Donnison @JonDonnison · 5m

John Kerry says working toward 7 day ceasefire over eid in order to build longer ceasefire.

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Jon Donnison @JonDonnison · 6m

So far john Kerry saying how awful it is but as yet offering no Sollutions. Story of his time in the Middle East.

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Jon Donnison @JonDonnison · 8m

John Kerry thanking a lot of people but sounds like he doesn’t have much to say.

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Jon Donnison @JonDonnison · 2h

Channel 10 TV : Israeli cabinet decided to refuse Kerry ceasefire plan.
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Gaza, PS
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US Secretary of State Kerry on Gaza: World watching tragic moments unfold and wondering when is everyone going to come to their senses – @sasapetricic
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https://twitter.com/sasapetricic

Saša Petricic @sasapetricic · now

UN SecGen Ban: Stop fighting, start talking. No military solution. Finally work on underlying problems #CBC #Gaza #Israel

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Saša Petricic @sasapetricic · 14s

UN SecGen Ban: The people of #Gaza have bled enough, #Israel people under threat of rocket attacks enough. Stop the fighting #CBC

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Saša Petricic @sasapetricic · 1m

Kerry: #Israel PM Netanyahu agreed to keep talking and working on it despite his rejection of current plan #CBC #Gaza

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Saša Petricic @sasapetricic · 2m

Kerry: Details need to be worked out, but basic framework for ceasefire agreement are there, not stopping working on it #CBC #Gaza #Israel

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Saša Petricic @sasapetricic · 3m

Kerry: Want 7 days of humanitarian peace, to build plans for long haul… to discuss security for #Israel, ec future for #Palestinian #CBC

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Saša Petricic @sasapetricic · 6m

US SecState Kerry: World watching tragic moments unfold and wondering when is everyone going to come to their senses? #Gaza #Israel #CBC

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Saša Petricic @sasapetricic · 15m

#Israel’s ceasefire conditions: Israel media say govt wants to keep soldiers in #Gaza and keep destroying tunnels dur ceasefire #CBC

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Saša Petricic @sasapetricic · 1h

#Israel cabinet rejects US SecState Kerry ceasefire plan for #Gaza, wants modifications: @Reuters #CBC

canopfor on July 25, 2014 at 3:38 PM

I think I asked you to call me a self-hating jew or JINO please. :-)

coolrepublica on July 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

I thought you were a anti-Semitic colored.

sentinelrules on July 25, 2014 at 3:38 PM

I think I asked you to call me a self-hating jew or JINO please. :-)

coolrepublica on July 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

You got it, JINO.

I suggest you visit Gaza City with those credentials and tell them how much you support their efforts. I’m sure it will turn out well for you.

mankai on July 25, 2014 at 3:38 PM

3 American journalists have been arrested in Iran.

I think I asked you to call me a self-hating jew or JINO please. :-)

coolrepublica on July 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Most of them are. Doesn’t make them any better.

Grrr. any cr on any page is too much, quoted or not.

22044 on July 25, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Stop me.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Wider:

https://twitter.com/AP

Gaza, PS
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Israeli defense minister tells troops Israel might significantly widen Gaza ground operation – @AP
End of alert

canopfor on July 25, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Why the long face John?

BeachBum on July 25, 2014 at 3:40 PM

This failure will be seared into his memory, SEARED!

Bishop on July 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Even if John eFFing Kerry had obtained a cease fire, Hamas would have continued to ravage Israel with rockets in the manner of JenJis Kahn.

ConstantineXI on July 25, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Kerry: “I threw my Ceasefires over the Whitehouse fence!!”

Deano1952 on July 25, 2014 at 3:40 PM

What is certain is that blood will be shed as a result of America’s declining regional influence.

Even with sadly familiar horrors occurring once again in that region, the right has no real concern but to stay focused on a denigration of Obama and his admin.
So we get lines like the above.
I guess the line that “it’s all the Palestinians’ fault!” is taking a back seat now to the more impassioned conservative priorities.

verbaluce on July 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Called it!

BigGator5 on July 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM

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

That’s actually a prima facie lie. They all failed, with arguable exception of Cyrus Vance.

Rix on July 25, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Why did Israel even let that jackass land his plane in their country?

oceansidecon on July 25, 2014 at 3:33 PM

They were hoping a stray Hamas rocket would get lucky.

Guess they’re not that lucky.

Meople on July 25, 2014 at 3:35 PM

I would say they probably let him in out of deference to decades of friendship between the US and Israel.

No other reason.

ConstantineXI on July 25, 2014 at 3:42 PM

verbaluce on July 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM

So?

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2014 at 3:43 PM

“John Kerry walks into a bar…”

Seven Percent Solution on July 25, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Even with sadly familiar horrors occurring once again in that region, the right has no real concern but to stay focused on a denigration of Obama and his admin.
So we get lines like the above.

verbaluce on July 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM

It’s quite easy when Obama for the past three days has only attended fundraisers without the press while the world burns.

Not to worry though, he’s back on the golf course tomorrow.

sentinelrules on July 25, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Nobody respects ANYONE in this Oministration.

Can we really survive another 2+ years of this?

/Buying a firearm

Key West Reader on July 25, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Relax.

Ho Chi Kerry will still claim he earned Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.

sentinelrules on July 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM

I guess the line that “it’s all the Palestinians’ fault!” is taking a back seat now to the more impassioned conservative priorities.

verbaluce on July 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Nothing the US has done in the past has ever resulted in true peace. Nothing we do ever will.

So yes, Palestinians are at fault.

nobar on July 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Putting “reporting-for-doody” Kerry in the SoS slot was plain asinine. Then again, no self-respecting diplomat would have taken the gig, given that O’Bozo and ValJar hold the reigns.

MisterElephant on July 25, 2014 at 3:45 PM

For your amusement, as a “student” of Pallywood (http://www.theaugeanstables.com/reflections-from-second-draft/pallywood-a-history/), I saw this yesterday http://www.theaugeanstables.com/reflections-from-second-draft/pallywood-a-history/ and was not surpised. I then noticed, as I watched the news this morning (probably NBC local) showing a hospital ER in Gaza and was amazed how staged it looked, how none of the injured had open wounds, how the blood on clothing looked placed with straight edges and no splatter, how no one was coding, how no healthcare workers appeared to be doing anything invasive except for moving people from one side of a room to no where in particular. I am not saying there are no civilian casualties, I am just questioning why, if there are as many as claimed, is it necessary to stage scenes.
Please watch closely the next time you see such a scene on TV; if I am completely off base, I wil gladly be corrected. (Remember the falsity of the Jenin “massacre”, and the staging of Muhammed Al- Durah (see the first link). Fool me once shame on you…..fool me twice shame on me.

marks on July 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

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

Where did Hillary succeed?

ConservativePartyNow on July 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

VerbalDouche:

Everything Bush did = BAD
Everything Obooba does = GOOOOOOOOOD!!!!

We get it, your work here is done, bye bye.

BeachBum on July 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Hard to believe that combatants in armed conflict would not take seriously the ministrations of a man noteworthy for claiming to have thrown away his military decorations.

M240H on July 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

correction above- the second recent link should be http://www.thomaswictor.com/fake-atrocity-video-from-gaza/

marks on July 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

You got it, JINO.

I suggest you visit Gaza City with those credentials and tell them how much you support their efforts. I’m sure it will turn out well for you.

mankai on July 25, 2014 at 3:38 PM

I am not going within 3 feet of that sh1t hole.lol

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

Just remember the impartial words Ho Chi Kerry said just a few days ago.

“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation. It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,”

sentinelrules on July 25, 2014 at 3:47 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

Imprisoning?

Then how did Hamas come into power?

Israel must be crap prison guards.

sentinelrules on July 25, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Your anti-Semitism is palpable.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Not to mention reprehensible, vile, and as vapid as the ‘arguments’ presented.

…in 2010 when hostilities again erupted over Jerusalem’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Um, Noah, Egypt was / is also active in blockading the Gaza Strip. That’s why there are terrorist tunnels into the Sinai from Gaza – to facilitate smuggling. A small point, but one needed when someone is developing a habit of placing blame in order to support a position rather than looking at the bigger picture and affixing blame where it belongs – in this case on Hamas which continues to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

Athos on July 25, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Where did Hillary succeed?

ConservativePartyNow on July 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Benghazi. The fire ceased after she let them have our Ambassador and the consulate was burned down.

ConstantineXI on July 25, 2014 at 3:49 PM

I think I asked you to call me a self-hating jew or JINO please. :-)

coolrepublica on July 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

I thought you got the banhammer.

You stink.

Key West Reader on July 25, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Obama & Kerry are missing the bigger picture…..

Israel is an ally, or was…Hamas is a terrorist organization.

Let Israel worry about Hamas…..

America needs to set it’s sight on Putin.

But who am I kidding? Obama wets his panties at the sight of a shirtless Putin…..

redguy on July 25, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I am special.

coolrepublica on July 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Like Window Licker Special?

Key West Reader on July 25, 2014 at 3:51 PM

But who am I kidding? Obama wets his panties at the sight of a shirtless Putin…..

redguy on July 25, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I don’t blame him. He has a transvestite like Michelle for a wife for 20+ years.

sentinelrules on July 25, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Even with sadly familiar horrors occurring once again in that region, the right has no real concern but to stay focused on a denigration of Obama and his admin.
So we get lines like the above.
I guess the line that “it’s all the Palestinians’ fault!” is taking a back seat now to the more impassioned conservative priorities.

verbaluce on July 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Yeah, I remember when you made similar comments back in 2001-2008 about your libtard brethren.

So much for the world healing and the oceans receding.

So spare us your whining.

HumpBot Salvation on July 25, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Just remember the impartial words Ho Chi Kerry said just a few days ago.

“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation. It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,”

sentinelrules on July 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Yeah, and that is a big part of why Israel told him to stuff his ceasefire up his azz.

redguy on July 25, 2014 at 3:52 PM

coolrepublica on July 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

I thought you got the banhammer.

You stink.

Key West Reader on July 25, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Nope. It comes in and shits all over the QOTD thread all the time…

OmahaConservative on July 25, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Jinjus Kahn never brokered a ceasefire there either.

Flange on July 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

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Sure he did; all the besieged city had to do was surrender and hand over their maidens, wives, cattle, horses, and valuables… no problem there.

ExpressoBold on July 25, 2014 at 3:53 PM

But I guess from reading comments here it shows that I am special.

coolrepublica on July 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

You are special, as is obama.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2014 at 3:53 PM

But I guess from reading comments here it shows that I am special.

coolrepublica on July 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

So special you get to ride a special bus, amiright?

HumpBot Salvation on July 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

You can almost see the Botox dripping off Kerry’s chin.

Old eagle on July 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Gaza is still way better than having dinner with Teresa Heinz Kerry.

sentinelrules on July 25, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Has he shown the Israelis his 3 purple hearts? Y’know, the one he got for the splinter in his hand from the gunwale of his swift boat, the one he got from the broken blister on his ass from sitting too long on his swift boat, and the one he got when he racked the slide on his service pistol and it pinched the skin between his forefinger and thumb while acting badass on his swift boat? That’ll really impress Netanyahu.

tpitman on July 25, 2014 at 3:57 PM

You can almost see the Botox dripping off Kerry’s chin.

Old eagle on July 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

If his chin gets any longer he’ll look like the Nazis at the end of “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.

tpitman on July 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM

This is one failure we should applaud.

For Israel’s sake there should not be any cease fire until the IDF roots out enough tunnels and Hamas terrorists.
Kerry was not invited and was not wanted. The deals need to be made with Egypt’s help. This is just a political stunt by Kerry to make it look like Obama is leading a peace effort. Obama probably would prefer Israel on the ropes.

Chessplayer on July 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

ExpressoBold on July 25, 2014 at 3:53 PM

There you go, reminicising about Jinjus Kahn.

Flange on July 25, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Even with sadly familiar horrors occurring once again in that region, the right has no real concern but to stay focused on a denigration of Obama and his admin. So we get lines like the above. I guess the line that “it’s all the Palestinians’ fault!” is taking a back seat now to the more impassioned conservative priorities.

verbaluce on July 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Obama walked away from Iraq.
Obama threw gas, matches, and munitions into Libya.
Obama arranged dithering to orchestral magnificence in Syria.
And Obama bet on a horse pulling a garbage cart in the Egyptian Derby.

Yes, the situation in Gaza is the fault of the Palestinians, and Obama’s voice there carries all the weight of falafel vendor at noon during Ramadan.

M240H on July 25, 2014 at 4:02 PM

@Flange on July 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM
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Sure he did; all the besieged city had to do was surrender and hand over their maidens, wives, cattle, horses, and valuables… no problem there.

ExpressoBold on July 25, 2014 at 3:53 PM

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Uh oh – looks like you are right and I am wrong… plus I misread your comment anyway. Apologies.

ExpressoBold on July 25, 2014 at 4:03 PM

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.

In the world where I come from the definition of successful means they don’t start fighting each other again in less than five years or so.

You might have said, Hillary successfully negotiated a temporary cease fire between the two belligerent parties. Successful Peace talks are a totally different animal.

Johnnyreb on July 25, 2014 at 4:04 PM

You can almost see the Botox dripping off Kerry’s chin.

Old eagle on July 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Hah~!! Thanks, I needed another good laugh today….

Key West Reader on July 25, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Did I read somewhere that he served in Vietnam?

Dingbat63 on July 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

He was just took a party boat cruise through Cambodia.

dentarthurdent on July 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Prayer for peace in Israel:

Our Father in Heaven, Rock and Redeemer of the people of Israel; Bless the State of Israel with its promise of redemption. Shield it with Your love; spread over it the shelter of Your peace. Guide its leaders and advisers with Your light and Your truth. Help them with Your good counsel. Strengthen the hands of those who defend our Holy Land. Deliver them; crown their efforts with triumph. Bless the land with peace, and its inhabitants with lasting joy. And let us say: Amen.

JetBoy on July 25, 2014 at 4:06 PM

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

For the record though – Has ANY prior ceasefire that Israel agreed to resulted in actual peace for any length of time?
No.

Have the Palestinians actually abided by ANY ceasefire agreement or peace treaty ever signed?
No.

dentarthurdent on July 25, 2014 at 4:09 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

You would have to ask Egypt about that.

Johnnyreb on July 25, 2014 at 4:10 PM

You know things are bad when we can’t even buy a ceasefire with Hamas anymore. Our dollar isn’t what it used to be so Kerry should have tried Rubles.

tej on July 25, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Interestingly, this ties in well with a question I asked on the recent Meriam Ibrahim thread:
 

Italy helped the US mediate her release with Sudanese officials in a quiet effort launched a few weeks ago.
– Ed

 
Great news.
Of course as with any news…about anything…at all… the snark is heavy here about Obama and US involvement.
But as I offered on previous posts about her situation, of course the US was working diligently on this. And as it turns out, successfully. Thankfully those efforts were coordinated by dedicated professionals. Obama rightly took their advice during all of this – and paid no attention to the squealing pundits or the committed cynics on the right
 
verbaluce on July 24, 2014 at 10:13 AM
 
http://hotair.com/archives/2014/07/24/mariam-ibrahim-lands-in-italy-on-way-to-us/comment-page-1/#comment-8321351

 
As was asked there, you’re saying Obama’s outcome here is the result of the administration not working diligently enough, unsuccessful efforts, slackness, undedicated professionals, or the administration taking the wrong advice, correct?
 
If not, what’s different?
 
(Other than wanting all the credit and never any blame, of course.)

rogerb on July 25, 2014 at 4:16 PM

How’s your day, John?

cbenoistd on July 25, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Stop me.

Schadenfreude on July 25, 2014 at 3:39 PM

I can’t. But this is not smart.

22044 on July 25, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Maybe he’ll cut himself shaving, get 3 purple hearts, and go home.

RBMN on July 25, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Didn’t he serve in Vietnam?

Galtian on July 25, 2014 at 4:22 PM

I would think any reasonable person would question the sustainability of imprisoning 1.7 million other human beings.

coolrepublica on July 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Being reasonable as opposed to biased and morally, ethically bankrupt, wouldn’t it be more likely that those reasonable people would ask why 100 million+ Arabs refuse to recognize the existence of the State of Israel, where the 1.5 million Arabs there have more rights, freedom, and liberty than their neighbors, as opposed to calling for and trying to exterminate it?

If Hamas, Fatah, the PA, and Hizbollah would lay down their arms, you’d have peace.

If Israel laid down its arms, you’d have genocide.

Athos on July 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Apologies.

ExpressoBold on July 25, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Not necessary, just don’t go spending Christmas in Cambodia, even if Nixon orders you to.

Flange on July 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Amazing how many politicians think they have all “THE” answers to problems and don’t. Why don’t they have the answers? Too many today only listen to their insiders; they don’t know history; thus, they don’t know how to win legitimately.

Of course he’d fail. If you notice, this stuff didn’t hit while HC was SOS. Maybe someone should look at the timing????

MN J on July 25, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Neither side gave Kerry any invitation or even any indication his “help” would be welcome – including Egypt, the closest thing to a fair broker in the region now that the military (instead of Obama’s MB buds) is back in charge.

Hamas issued a formal statement this week: they will not agree to any ceasefire that does not lift the Egyptian-Israeli blockade of Gaza. Since that would let in more arms and rockets, it’s a non-starter.

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Kerry’s trip was a gamble by Obama. They figured the Israeli operation would last only a few days at most, so even if they never come close to a ceasefire before the IDF is done, when it is over and the shooting stops, Kerry and Obama would get credit for being there at least.

Now they just look like the helpless, feckless clowns they are.

Adjoran on July 25, 2014 at 4:24 PM

the right has no real concern but to stay focused on a denigration of Obama and his admin.

verbaluce on July 25, 2014 at 3:41 PM

No one can respect your opinions when you deliberately use racially charged verbiage like the above.

Bigotry like this needs to be called out and shamed in public…

Dolce Far Niente on July 25, 2014 at 4:25 PM

To be fair, given the ‘successes’ racked up by cease-fires in the Middle East over the last sixty years, just about anyone might have been cut dead at this point.

PersonFromPorlock on July 25, 2014 at 4:32 PM

To be fair, given the ‘successes’ racked up by cease-fires in the Middle East over the last sixty years, just about anyone might have been cut dead at this point.

PersonFromPorlock on July 25, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Yes – it would appear that Israel has finally come to their senses and understand that ceasefires are counter-productive in stopping Hamas. Hamas needs to be crushed. Anything less and they just re-arm and start it all over again.

dentarthurdent on July 25, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Why Underpants Bomber Failed

The head of the Transportation Security Administration said this week the bomb failed to detonate because of how long Abdulmutallab had been wearing his underwear.

John Pistole told the Aspen Security Forum: ‘The bomber had had the device with him for over two weeks.’

Mr Pistole was then asked whether the bomb had become ‘damp’, to which he replied: ‘Let’s say it was degraded.’

Something to lighten the mood ;-)

gh on July 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

But he did serve in Viet Nam albeit a traitor….

crosshugger on July 25, 2014 at 4:48 PM

“But Israeli government sources told Army Radio the ceasefire terms proposed by Kerry were “completely unreasonable.”

What an idiot obamabot. I think Obama dislikes the idea of Israel getting rid of Hamas and killing more fellow civilian Muslims to do it.

Chessplayer on July 25, 2014 at 4:50 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

I wonder why the left never chastises Egypt for the wall it built at it’s Gaza border.

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

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