Several important foreign visitors have been in Israel for talks this week. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been visiting the region and various positive statements have been issued although no substantive decisions or solutions have been proposed.
John Kerry himself said his talks were very constructive:
Kerry, who has committed the US to a multi-month diplomatic effort, stressed that he was being intentionally coy on the specifics of his new peace push.
Netanyahu was willing to allow new economic projects in the Palestinian Authority, Kerry said. However, “it’s not going to be done — and shouldn’t be done — in piecemeal public releases,” he stated. “It’s best done quietly.”
Netanyahu told reporters earlier Tuesday that he wanted peace. He welcomed proposals for economic assistance to the Palestinians, but said issues of recognition and security remain “foremost in our minds.
“I’m determined not only to resume the peace process with the Palestinians, but to make a serious effort to end this conflict once and for all,” he told reporters before meeting Kerry. Addressing the top American diplomat, Netanyahu said: “This is a real effort and we look forward to advance in this effort with you.”
Here’s the link to the full text of the remarks made by Netanyahu and Kerry at their Jerusalem meeting.
With regard to Kerry’s peace-making ambitions, the Algemeiner suggests a cynical but realistic 10 step-program for Kerry to bring peace with Palestinians.
• Step One:
Enter a PA classroom. Examine the new PA curriculum, […]
• Step Two:
Peruse the news output of the PBC (Palestine Broadcasting Corporation) radio and TV. Follow the messages of jihad conveyed by the PBC to the Palestinian Arab people […]
• Step Three:
Spend time at an UNRWA facility, […]
Read the rest. It is splendid advice which I am sure will not be taken.
John Kerry was not the only foreign politician paying us a visit. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird met with both President Shimon Peres and PM Netanyahu and received well-deserved praise for Canada’s breaking off relations with Iran.
During his meeting with Netanyahu, Baird declared his support of a Jewish state in all parts of the Land of Israel. Baird said that the Jewish nation was in charge of its own destiny.
Netanyahu and Baird discussed the situation in Syria, the Iranian nuclear program, international terror, and talks with the Palestinian Authority. Baird volunteered Canada’s services in moving talks with the PA along, and Netanyahu enthusiastically endorsed the talks.
During his meeting with Baird, Peres praised Canada for breaking off relations with Iran, saying that it was an “act of bravery, Canada took a clear stand against the greatest danger of our time, and this shows its courage. We greatly appreciate it.”
Canada is definitely one of Israel’s greatest and most steadfast friends in the international arena.
Speaking of Iran, following the latest failed round of talks with Iran about ceasing their nuclear program, the Algemeiner mentions a Washington Post editorial that gives credence to Binyamin Netanyahu’s much-mocked bomb cartoon that he presented at the United Nations. The editorial said that the cartoon has been a factor in Iran’s limiting its nuclear stockpile. Furthermore, the article recommends that President Obama take heed of the usefulness of “red lines”:
Mr. Netanyahu’s government is not a participant in the talks with Iran, of course; Iran won’t parley with a nation it aspires to “wipe off the map.” But the Israeli leader’s explicit setting of a “red line” for the Iranian nuclear program in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in September appears to have accomplished what neither negotiations nor sanctions have yielded: concrete Iranian action to limit its enrichment.
A host of commentators both in the United States and Israel scoffed at what they called Mr. Netanyahu’s “cartoonish” picture of a bomb and the line he drew across it.
Iran, too, dismissed what its U.N. ambassador called “an unfounded and imaginary graph.” But then a funny thing happened: The regime began diverting more of its stockpile to the manufacture of fuel plates for a research reactor. According to the most recent report of international inspectors, in February, it had converted 40 percent of its 20 percent uranium to fuel assemblies or the oxide form needed to produce them. As a result, Iran has remained distinctly below the Israeli red line, and it probably postponed the earliest moment when it could cross that line by several months.
… clear red lines can help create the “time and space for diplomacy” that President Obama seeks. Mr. Obama, who last year stiffly resisted pressure from Mr. Netanyahu to spell out U.S. red lines, ought to reconsider.
This recommendation, together with the Algemeiner’s 10-step peace program, ought to be able to bring peace between Israel, the Palestinians and Iran in very quick order. After all, if journalists can come up with such good advice, surely the politicians must have equally good advisers.
We can live in hope anyway.