Okay, readers of this website know that I’ve been saying for months that the only discernible animating force to Secretary of State Kerry’s crusade for peace between the Arabs and the Israelis is the prospect of a Nobel Prize.
Kerry, who always figured the Gods had big plans for him, failed in his quest for the presidency. And so, after careful positioning, he got himself appointed Secretary of State by President Obama. And now he wants to paint his bit of graffiti on the wall of history by doing what not even Kissinger could do: make peace in the Holy Land between the sons of Jacob and Ishmael.
But nobody except Kerry wants this. Nobody thinks the time is right. The Israelis are dealing with mortal threats from an Iranian bomb and Hezbollah missiles in Lebanon. They don’t need to be giving Kerry concessions on a deal with the Palestinians so he’ll help save them from the Persians and their terrorist allies.
And so, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon put it, as Israelis sometimes do, bluntly:
Secretary of State John Kerry — who has come to us determined and is acting out of an incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling — cannot teach me a single thing about the conflict with the Palestinians
The only thing that can save us is if Kerry wins the Nobel prize and leaves us alone.
These remarks were made in a private conversation. We’ve already heard what Obama says in private conversation about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
And yet, the White House was in full foot stomping mode. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney made his own highly inappropriate remark, which didn’t have at least the excuse of being off the cuff:
The remarks of the Israeli defense minister if accurate are offensive and inappropriate especially in light of everything that the United States is doing to support Israeli’s security needs. To question Secretary Kerry’s motives and distort his proposals is not something we would expect from the defense minister of a close ally.
Um, everything that the United States is doing to support Israeli’s security needs? Really?? What kind of nonsense is this? We’re being nice to you Israel, and this is how you treat us?
Let’s be clear. America’s support for Israel is not a favor. Israel is the only -the ONLY – reliable, and even rational thinking ally we have in the entire region. We need Israel. Now, not as much as Israel needs us, but we need a strong ally in this vicious, unstable neighborhood.
But this is how Obama thinks. It’s personal. Really, as he suggested to former French President Sarkozy, he’d rather not have to deal with this Israel stuff. So they’d better at least be more appreciative!