It is impossible to rationally claim that by coercing Israel into releasing people like Juma Ibrahim Juma Adam and Mahmoud Salam Saliman Abu Karbish that the US is advancing the cause of peace.
Dumping irrationality as a national strategy
US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Israel for his 14th visit this week. And to assure that his stay will be a happy one, Saturday night the government approved the release of 26 more Palestinian mass murderers from prison. This will please Kerry because today a core goal of US Middle East policy is to secure the release of Palestinian mass murderers from Israeli prisons.
That’s right. The same America that until a few years ago led the free world in the global war against terror, now conditions its support for Israel, its chief regional ally in that war, on the Jewish state’s willingness to release unrepentant, mass murdering terrorists back into Palestinian society.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but it ought to go without saying that this policy hinders, rather than advances the cause of peace.
Kerry to Force
Security Plan “Death Trap” on Netanyahu
By Ari Yasha,Â 12/20/2013,
US Secretary of State John Kerry appears to be pressing a national plan, devised in Washington DC, uponÂ PrimeÂ Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. TheÂ proposalÂ comes as part of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA), and includes uprooting Jewish communities from the Jordan Valley.
Kerry’s staff rented 50 rooms at a luxurious Jerusalem hotel for January, in order to “attack” Netanyahu and demand that he accept the US plan, reportedÂ Yedioth AharonothÂ on Friday.
The plan, whichÂ Arutz ShevaÂ analyst Mark Langfan has called aÂ “death-trap”Â for Israel, would let the countryÂ for 10 years partially retain the 15 kilometer (9 mile) wide strip of the Jordan Valley as a security zone. In fact, the plan doesn’t even meet theÂ minimum “defensible”Â Israeli borders as determined by the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (USJCoS) in 1967, even according to military realities of that time.
The Israeli daily’s report noted that over a month ago, Kerry’s security staff head, General John Allen, spoke before the IDF and Defense Ministry about security arrangements. After the Israelis added notes to Allen’s work, it was presented to Netanyahu two weeks ago.
According to the report, Netanyahu did not rule out the plan, and said he was ready to accept parts of it, but only if Israel’s serious concerns about security are accommodated into the plan. In this way, it is thought that Netanyahu tried to shift US pressure onto Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, perhaps expecting Ya’alon to be able to shelve the plan.
Deputy Minister MK Ofir Akunis (Likud)Â strongly rejectedÂ the idea of uprooting communities in the Jordan Valley.
“We need to say: it will never happen! In the Valley, at a distance of 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) from the Mediterranean Sea, theÂ pioneersÂ settled in our generation. In difficult conditions, distanced from large urban centers, they are developing complete wilderness. There is no demographic problem, because the ‘Palestinians’ didn’t settle there,” said Akunis.
“When the Jewish nation returned to its homeland, after the exile in Egypt (over 3,000 years ago as recorded in the Bible), it entered through the Jordan Valley. We must not agree to concessions, withdrawals or expulsions: not in the Valley and not in any other place in our country,” emphasized the MK.
The newsÂ ofÂ Israeli US tensionÂ come as Israel has seen a strongÂ rapprochement with China, highlighted by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s first Israel visit this week. Reports also detail that aÂ security pacthas been sealed between Israel and Russia.