Sec. Kerry, you should know better than to think you can nickel and dime a peace deal



About Katie Miranda

Katie Miranda is an illustrator, jewelry designer, and cartoonist living in Portland, OR. She is currently working on a graphic novel called "Tear Gas in the Morning" which is a memoir about the nonviolent resistance movement in Palestine. Visit to learn more. Facebook: Twitter: @KatieMirandaArt
Posted in Israel/Palestine, Occupation, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics

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  1. just says:

    Oooh– fantastic!!!

    What talent you have Katie– can’t wait for your novel. Thank you so much!

    (Maybe you can start making jewelry from the much- feared stones of Palestine………)

  2. Citizen says:

    Love it! It gets to the quick of this situation. Especially loved the 3rd image panel, depicting the reality of US/Israeli approved land swaps.

    When you’re born into wealth, with everything paid for, and the family objective is to achieve more wealth, you have to do your duty, which Kerry has done: first he married into the Forbes family, then into the Heinz family, and he agreed to marry into their brand of influential politics. And it has shown. Chelsea Clinton is following his guide. She will be as effectual as Kerry in maintaining the status quo, while proclaiming the contrary. They both can look forward to a comfy life, full of righteous platitudes and busy work that net operate to keep the oppressed, oppressed. Both useful tools.

  3. MHughes976 says:

    I too once thought that there was enough common interest in an end to conflict, genuine equality regardless of race and economic cooperation to make a generally satisfactory settlement likely or more than likely. People, I thought, always do what is basically in their interests. I had quite a lot of experience of the world and I was so deluded. I read articles by wise people in the respectable press which said that it was all over bar the shouting and the posturing. This was back in the 90s. My only excuse for misleading myself so much is that a lot of others were doing the same. Mr. Sec. Kerry must surely have got beyond these illusions, since so much information is available to him and so many disappointments have been endured. I suppose it’s all about politics back home. He will probably end up proclaiming that it’s all very sad, but Israel has no partner for peace.

    • Or perhaps he just sees it as an interim job on the way to another presidential run or the next Mid East Envoy. Tony Blair’s made out quite nice financially in that position as this article by Ali Abunimah states: link to

      “Another major deal Blair brokered with Israel was for British Gas to secure contracts to exploit natural gas fields worth up to $6bn in the territorial waters of the occupied Gaza Strip. While Blair publicly sold the deal as good for Palestinians in Gaza, no Palestinians in Gaza were ever consulted. Blair negotiated the deal directly with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which, according to Channel 4, “would likely see Israel control the gas supply and any surplus gas sold to Israel and not on the open market.”

  4. Reds says:

    Great toons.

    You should try submitting them to NPR. Of course it’s doubtful they every use it, but it would be a great counter to the crap they normally produce.

  5. ritzl says:

    Love it! More please.

  6. Inanna says:

    Bravo! Bravissimo!

  7. Ellen says:

    Terriffic! Katie, please send this to Kerry and to every member of the Foreign Affairs Committe.

    At least the Staffers will appreciate it, but will have to hide your work in bottom drawers as AIPAC operatives make their rounds.

    link to

  8. Taxi says:

    Wonderful stuff! Thank you Katie Miranda.

  9. Taxi says:

    OT here, Katie, but in case you don’t know the wonderful work of Mary Leunig:
    link to

    She doesn’t do the I/P conflict (not that I know), but like you, she’s a global empathetic with a soulful sense of irony.
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    p.s. I love how so very chic you wear the petite Kafiyah.

  10. gingershot says:

    Thanks Katie! – so refreshing