I like John Kerry. Voted for him and sent a little money for his presidential run against George W. Bush. But if he were to ask me what I thought about his performance as Secretary of State, I would give him and A and an F.
I would say yes to his leadership with
years of no talking and saber-rattling, Iran Iran
has come to the table and said let’s work together to avoid another war in the Middle East. Against
those in Congress who side with Netanyahu and against their own president and
in spite of AIPAC’s crying wolf, Kerry has brought about an agreement with Iran
to greatly limit its nuclear program and open its facilities to regular
inspections. For the first time in decades, the streets no longer rumble with
shouts of “Death to America”. Some say Kerry deserved the Nobel Peace prize.
In spite of Israel-firsters in Congress and no let up from AIPAC, to sabotage
his efforts, most people in the world agree that Kerry has brought us to the
closest point of peaceful relations with in years. Iran
However, I would give him an F on his so called “Peace Talks” when it comes to
treatment of the Palestinians. He talks borders when Israel Israel
announces plans to destroy 2,000 more Arab homes in order to construct 828
Jewish only homes in East Jerusalem plus 20,000 more in the West
The issue is still the Israeli occupation.
separation wall has turned Palestinian towns and villages into prisons. Israel continues to live in
inhuman conditions, under permanent blockade. Settlements gobble up homes and
land. Military checkpoints and road blocks by the hundreds humiliate
Palestinians trying to get to work or home and hundreds of thousands of
refugees still live in camps. Gaza
Also part of the reality is Israeli disregard of international law and Palestinian citizens
suffering from discriminatory policies. Israel
the way of armed resistance which
uses as a pretext to accuse all Palestinians of Israel
being terrorist. However, as many have pointed out, if there was no occupation, there
would be no resistance.
Rachelle Marshall responds to Netanyahu’s saying, “pressure must be put upon the Palestinians” to bring them to a point of peace.
It’s hard to imagine what additional pressure could be imposed on the Palestinians as they watch their land disappearing under Israeli homes and golf courses, and their economy remain shackled by Israeli restrictions.
And Kerry is talking about borders, movable borders.
Does he not know that
has borders. Yet, because of Gaza ’s air,
sea and land blockade: Israel
Hardships steadily increase for the nearly two million Gazans who are being deliberately kept cold and hungry by the blockade
imposed seven years ago… Israel ’s
only remaining power plant was shut down in early November for lack of affordable
fuel… Sewage stations unable to operate their electric pumps are overflowing,
and in late November a neighborhood in Gaza
was flooded with 3.5 million cubic feet
of raw sewage. Gaza
With winter in full blast and no electricity for 12 hours a day, no fuel for heat and sewage flooding through your home, with settlers destroying your olive trees, it’s ludicrous to talk about Israeli security.
What needs to be put on the table is not a discussion of borders, but
of Palestinian land and resources and ’s humiliating treatment of
the Palestinian people. Until that is
addressed, borders are irrelevant. Israel
January 19, 2014