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Kerry in Geneva

 

From Kerry’s latest press availability, in Geneva, he repeatedly stated that the goal was to make sure Iran doesn’t get nuclear weapons– language attuned to Israel and its friends– but he also offered many positive signals about the talks:

I want to say that the negotiations were conducted with mutual respect. They were very serious…

We came to Geneva to narrow the differences. And I can tell you without any exaggeration we not only narrowed differences and clarified those that remain, but we made significant progress in working through the approaches to this question of how one brings in a program that guarantees this peaceful nature. There’s no question in my mind that we are closer now, as we leave Geneva, than we were when we came, and that with good work and good faith over the course of the next weeks, we can in fact secure our goal…

He alluded to Israel and its allies in the Congress:

I particularly am anxious to return to brief the President and to share with Congress and others what we’ve learned and what we are thinking as we look forward. We also understand there are very strong feelings about the consequences of the choices we face for our allies, and we respect that. Some of them are absolutely directly, immediately involved and we have enormous respect, needless to say, for those concerns.

A reporter asked him about Congress standing in the way, by pushing once again for further sanctions against Iran.

Well, let me … just tell you point blank that this is an issue of such consequence that it really needs to rise or fall on the merits, not on politics. People need to stop and think about what happens each day now that you don’t have an agreement. Each day that you don’t have an agreement, Iran will continue to enrich, and Iran will continue to put centrifuges in, and Iran will continue its program. What we were looking to do here – and will do, I believe – is freeze that program in place so that it is not in a position to continue while the real negotiation goes on to figure out what the future final agreement would look like. And that takes time.

Now, it seems to me that the members of Congress and others in the world understand that you need to give diplomacy the chance to exhaust all the remedies available to it if you are ultimately going to exercise your ultimate option, which is the potential use of force. The world wants to know that it was a last resort, not a first resort. So I believe it is essential for Congress, essential for all of our countries – and I think we all share this – the P5+1 is absolutely united in the notion that we must pursue diplomacy as a means of trying to prevent Iran from acquiring a weapon…

Meantime, the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, has been hammering for an agreement on twitter, emphasizing the good faith of the Iranians, the new historical moment, and the narrow window:

 

 

But here is some evidence of the political forces inside the Iranian government, from the account said to be Iran’s Supreme leader, Ayatollah Khameini, talking last week about Zionist control of the United States.

That tweet links to a Facebook post in which Ayatollah Khameini is quoted as saying this to students last week:

The paws of the Zionist financially powerful individuals and companies have clutched the American government, Congress and officials in a way that they have to heed them, we do not have to heed them. We said it from day one, and we still say it today and will say it later on too: We consider the Zionist regime illegitimate and bastard. It is a regime which has been established based on conspiracy and is being maintained and guarded based on conspiracy and conspiratorial policies.

Illegitimate and bastard, is that redundant? Speaking of conspiracy theory, here is part of the reason so many in the world believe our government is clutched by Zionism: a photo that the State Department sent out from Israel, two days ago, of the team. I believe it’s been Obama’s unofficial policy to have as many Jews as possible on Middle East policy so as to keep the lobby on board. Though I don’t believe that Lowenstein is a Zionist any more than the Jewish author of this post is.

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Description: Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro, U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Martin Indyk, and Deputy Special Envoy Frank Lowenstein about Middle East peace negotiations before departing Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, en route to Geneva, Switzerland, on November 8, 2013.  – State Dept Image

Meantime, more Obama officials are going out to hold Israel’s hand. Barak Ravid in Haaretz:

A delegation of high-ranking U.S. officials is set to arrive in Jerusalem on Sunday to update the Netanyahu government on the weekend talks in Geneva about Iran’s nuclear program.

The delegation will be led by Wendy Sherman, the U.S. undersecretary for political affairs, who heads the U.S. negotiating team on the matter.

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  1. Denis
    Denis
    November 10, 2013, 11:55 am

    @Phil: Illegitimate and bastard, is that redundant?

    It is in the context of 18th C. domestic law when “issue” born out of wedlock had no right under the law to an inheritance, i.e. they were illegitimate b/c they were not recognized under the law. And bastard meant the same.

    But if you take “illegitimate” in a more literal, 21st C. sense and “bastard” it its more plebeian sense, he probably is referring to Israel as a country that has no foundation on international law and that is acting like a complete dick. “Dick” probably carried a different connotation back in the 18 C., too.

    How far down the this road is Obama willing to go, holding hands w/ Bibi and turning his back on what is right and in the best interests of the ME?

    And the reason I’m asking is b/c of Obama’s absolutely despicable decision to cut off funding to UNESCO over the Palestinian statehood issue. That decision has once again floated to the surface of the bowl of Obama’s greatest debacles, as USG and GoI have, essentially, gotten booted out of UNESCO.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/11/us-israel-lose-unesco-voting-rights-2013118131753600731.html

    In the mean time UNESCO’s budget is down 22%, and assistance to those in this world who need it most has been slashed, to the disgrace of all actual Americans and to the glee of all Israel-firsters.

    OK, I know there are blind, hood-winked Obamophiles out there who are going to say it’s all Congress’ doing, and, yes, AIPAC. Tired of hearing it. A leader would have done the right thing in spite of the elected Zionists and shamed them out of office, if necessary. Somebody needs to start leading the country.

    • annie
      annie
      November 10, 2013, 12:01 pm

      And the reason I’m asking is b/c of Obama’s absolutely despicable decision to cut off funding to UNESCO over the Palestinian statehood issue.

      hmm, i don’t think that was obama’s decision. as i recall congress had already legislated not funding any UN agency recognizing palestine, or something to that effect. so obama’s hands were tied.

      oh, here’s a link..
      http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2011-10-31/world/35280204_1_israeli-drone-strike-palestinian-state-unesco

      Acting under a legal requirement to cut U.S. funds to any U.N. agency that recognizes a Palestinian state, the State Department on Monday announced that the United States has stopped funding the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization because of the vote. Department spokesman Victoria Nuland told reporters that the Obama administration would not make a planned $60 million payment to the agency due this month.

      …..

      Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said she supports a cutoff of aid as mandated under U.S. law…….

      The prohibition on U.S. funding of U.N. agencies that recognize a Palestinian state was included in two pieces of legislation that were signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 and President Bill Clinton in 1994.

      The 1990 law prohibits the appropriation of funds “for the United Nations or any specialized agency thereof which accords the Palestine Liberation Organization the same standing as a member state.”

      In 1994, Congress barred funding “any affiliated organization of the United Nations which grants full membership as a state to any organization or group that does not have the internationally recognized attributes of statehood.”

      this is one very big reason why the US wanted abbas to hold off joining anymore UN agencies, someone wrote recently..’can you imagine if they joined the world health organization?’ the same thing would happen, the US would be required by law to quit funding.

  2. Justpassingby
    Justpassingby
    November 10, 2013, 12:21 pm

    Israel destoy peace with Palestinians and try to destroy possible peace between Iran/US. A “bastard regime” indeed.

  3. Walid
    Walid
    November 10, 2013, 12:25 pm

    Annie, the US is selective in its abiding by its own legislation. I’m thinking of the latest military overthrow of the elected President of Egypt and the US legislation in place for such an eventuality. The US simply “declared” it a non-military change of government and got away with the continued funding of the Egyptian military. It could have worked on a similar wording gimmick to continue funding UNESCO.

  4. Walid
    Walid
    November 10, 2013, 12:43 pm

    “We consider the Zionist regime illegitimate and bastard. ” (Ayatollah Khamenei)

    What to say about all the congress people that keep bowing to Israel because of the monies they are getting from the lobby? Surely Israelis don’t believe this is about love for Israel.

  5. EUR1069
    EUR1069
    November 10, 2013, 12:52 pm

    Before presenting his/her case in support of Israel every congressional cash whore should be required to disclose the amount of campaign contributions received from AIPAC (their votes are bought with our own tax money the Congress appropriates as aid to Israel – talk about Catch 22).

    • American
      American
      November 10, 2013, 1:57 pm

      There are half a hundred or more pro Israel lobby connected donation groups that shuffle money to politicians but they are set up under names like Green Valley Citizens and etc. …..opensecrets.org had a listing of them at one time but I dont have the link to it.

  6. American
    American
    November 10, 2013, 12:53 pm

    ‘The paws of the Zionist financially powerful individuals and companies have clutched the American government, Congress and officials in a way that they have to heed them, we do not have to heed them.”

    Well, thats true where it concerns US policy on Israel ..no one can deny that.
    Political money is the root of it.
    Romney and Aldeson being the most repulsive display of this in recent times.
    And then there was Hagel’s insufficient loyalty to Israel and the Lobby and congress and then there was…….well , too many to list.
    Campaign finance reform. ..reform, reform,reform.

    • yrn
      yrn
      November 10, 2013, 1:35 pm

      “Campaign finance reform. ..reform, reform,reform.”
      Once a reform, you guys will discover another issue to blame the Jewish Money.

      • EUR1069
        EUR1069
        November 10, 2013, 6:01 pm

        “Once a reform, you guys will discover another issue to blame the Jewish Money.”

        1. It’s not “Jewish” money – it’s our taxpayers’ money handed out to Israel.
        2. Yes, we’ll have an issue with it as long as it is used for purchasing pro-Israel congressional votes, warmongering & pitting the US against the Arab/Muslim world contrary to US national security interests.

      • talknic
        talknic
        November 10, 2013, 8:11 pm

        @ yrn //“Campaign finance reform. ..reform, reform,reform.”//

        “Once a reform, you guys will discover another issue to blame the Jewish Money”

        Ziospeculation can be fun. Say absolutely anything to pump up and maintain the fear. No need for any fact or foundation

      • amigo
        amigo
        November 11, 2013, 5:36 am

        ““Campaign finance reform. ..reform, reform,reform.”Citizen

        “Once a reform, you guys will discover another issue to blame the Jewish Money”yrn

        And needless to say the zio entity and it,s cash cows will oblige.

  7. Taxi
    Taxi
    November 10, 2013, 1:32 pm

    This is what they’re altogether crooning at the Knesset:
    ‘All we are saaayinn
    Is give war a chaaance
    All we are saaayinn
    Is give war a chaaaaaance…’

    Meanwhile, the rest of the normal world sings:
    Give Peace a Chance – John Lennon

    “Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
    Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism
    This-ism, that-ism, ism ism ism
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    All we are saying is give peace a chance

    (C’mon)
    Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
    Minister, Sinister, Banisters and Canisters,
    Bishops, Fishops, Rabbis, and Pop Eyes, Bye bye, Bye byes
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    All we are saying is give peace a chance

    (Let me tell you now)
    Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
    Revolution, Evolution, Masturbation, Flagellation, Regulation,
    Integrations, mediations, United Nations, congratulations
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    All we are saying is give peace a chance

    Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
    John and Yoko, Timmy Leary, Rosemary,
    Tommy Smothers, Bobby Dylan, Tommy Cooper,
    Derek Taylor, Norman Mailer, Alan Ginsberg, Hare Krishna
    Hare Hare Krishna
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    (Repeat ’til the tape runs out)”

  8. American
    American
    November 10, 2013, 1:49 pm

    Reportedly Being Offered Saudi Weapons Sales, France Tries to Blow Up Iran Deal

    Posted on November 9, 2013 by emptywheel

    Several weeks after this WSJ article describing a staged Bandar bin Sultan tantrum about US actions, it was revealed the “Western diplomat” involved was a representative of France.

    Diplomats here said Prince Bandar, who is leading the kingdom’s efforts to fund, train and arm rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, invited a Western diplomat to the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah over the weekend to voice Riyadh’s frustration with the Obama administration and its regional policies, including the decision not to bomb Syria in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons in August.

    “This was a message for the U.S., not the U.N.,” Prince Bandar was quoted by diplomats as specifying of Saudi Arabia’s decision to walk away from the Security Council membership.

    [snip]

    However, the diplomats said, Prince Bandar told them he intends to roll back a partnership with the U.S. in which the Central Intelligence Agency and other nations’ security bodies have covertly helped train Syrian rebels to fight Mr. Assad, Prince Bandar said, according to the diplomats. Saudi Arabia would work with other allies instead in that effort, including Jordan and France, the prince was quoted as saying.

    [snip]

    In the run-up to the expected U.S. strikes, Saudi leaders asked for detailed U.S. plans for posting Navy ships to guard the Saudi oil center, the Eastern Province, during any strike on Syria, an official familiar with that discussion said. The Saudis were surprised when the Americans told them U.S. ships wouldn’t be able to fully protect the oil region, the official said.”…..

    read it all here……http://www.emptywheel.net/2013/11/09/after-reportedly-being-offered-saudi-weapons-sales-france-blows-up-iran-deal/

    So Saudi, Isr, France- vr- EU, US, Russia, Germany, et al on Iran deal.
    Hmmm…..I could really go for a huge switch in world alliances.
    Let the US have Russia, China, Asia, South America, most of the EU, India, Turkey and Iran of course —and let Isr and and Saudi have France and whoever else they can find to defend them.

    • Taxi
      Taxi
      November 11, 2013, 12:04 am

      American,

      I’ve been told by an insider that apparently France wanted to bring the Syria issue to the negotiating table, tie it with Iran’s nuclear program at the 11th hour – and everybody in the room flipped and utterly rejected it. France did this at the behest of israel and Saudi.

      Them Saudis, whom I suspect were behind the chemical attacks in Syria, are absolutely livid (like israel is) that Bashar is still in power. It’s personal to the Saudi king and he’s still pouting and fuming about it.

      Also, while the press around the world speculated that the reason Obama backed down from attacking Syria was because he was some sort of genius ‘chess player’, apparently it was was Russia’s instant tracking of the two (scout/test) missiles that israel and USA fired into the Mediterranean at the 11th hour, that gave Obama and his military clubsters cold feet.
      http://news.sky.com/story/1136479/syria-israel-fires-missiles-in-mediterranean
      USA and israel had no idea how deep Russia’s presence in the med was – and were spooked to find out that Russian presence is hi-tec and EVERYWHERE.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        November 11, 2013, 5:21 am

        Them Saudis, whom I suspect were behind the chemical attacks in Syria, are absolutely livid (like israel is) that Bashar is still in power.

        The Saudis have been acting insane since the US backed away from attacking Syria. First they rejected a seat at the UNSC, which they had been desperate to get for some time, throwing a massive tantrum. Then they threatened they would buy nukes from Pakistan. Havign failed to bribe Russia into taking their side on Syria, they announced an arms deal with France and now they are also negotiating with France to having nuclear power reactors built in Saudi Arabia.

        apparently it was was Russia’s instant tracking of the two (scout/test) missiles that israel and USA fired into the Mediterranean at the 11th hour, that gave Obama and his military clubsters cold feet.

        Yes, I read that too.

        The most dramatic event of September 2013 was the high-noon stand-off near the Levantine shore, with five US destroyers pointing their Tomahawks towards Damascus and facing them – the Russian flotilla of eleven ships led by the carrier-killer Missile Cruiser Moskva and supported by Chinese warships. Apparently, two missiles were launched towards the Syrian coast, and both failed to reach their destination.

        It was claimed by a Lebanese newspaper quoting diplomatic sources that the missiles were launched from a NATO air base in Spain and they were shot down by the Russian ship-based sea-to-air defence system. Another explanation proposed by the Asia Times says the Russians employed their cheap and powerful GPS jammers to render the expensive Tomahawks helpless, by disorienting them and causing them to fail. Yet another version attributed the launch to the Israelis, whether they were trying to jump-start the shoot-out or just observed the clouds, as they claim.
        http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/10/08/russia-syria-and-the-decline-of-american-hegemony/

      • Walid
        Walid
        November 11, 2013, 8:23 am

        “apparently it was was Russia’s instant tracking of the two (scout/test) missiles that israel and USA fired into the Mediterranean at the 11th hour, that gave Obama and his military clubsters cold feet.” (Taxi)

        Taxi, I doubt the Russians can ever spook the Americans. I think the cold feet are mostly from the turn of events that showed that a hit on Assad would surely put the country into the hands of the head-cutting liver-eating salafi fanatics that the US had been backing. Syria doesn’t want Assad in power in Syria, but it wants the crazies to rule there even less. On second thought, the US realized that Assad with all his warts was still much better than the crazies that would replaced him. And much better for Israel too; in 40 years of Assad father and son rule, not a single shot was fired by the Syrians on the Golan, while Salafists that would replace Assad are Israel’s sworn enemies that had been talking about taking over the Golan as soon as they’d finish their business with Assad. Besides, Assad had been buying Golan-grown apples from the Israelis for the past 4 years until the civil war started there, so it wasn’t that bad for Israel having Assad there.

        As to the Saudi’s obsession with Syria, it’s really about Iran and about putting out Hizbullah’s lights to help its political allies in Lebanon that don’t have the freedom to run the country because of Hizbullah’s big stick. Assad’s Syria is what’s linking Iran to Hizbullah and the absurd calculations going on by the West and by Israel are that by taking out Assad, they would be automatically de-fanging Iran and Hizbullah. It’s not really about Syria.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        November 11, 2013, 8:40 am

        Taxi, I doubt the Russians can ever spook the Americans.

        Don’t be so sure. The Russians are decades in front of the US in terms of missile technology. Russia’s Granit Missile alone makes US Navy people sit awake at night.

      • Taxi
        Taxi
        November 11, 2013, 8:50 am

        “Taxi, I doubt the Russians can ever spook the Americans.”

        Twenty years ago, that may have been true, but not anymore, Walid. American is on the decline, thanks to the ziocons of the world and their stupid and cheap(?) wars of choice. America is simply too broke to go to endless war with a limping country like Syria, let alone with the Russians, who are 100% capable of destroying both israeli and American missiles before you reach their targets.

        Don’t (mis)underestimate the Big Bear.

      • American
        American
        November 11, 2013, 10:29 am

        Taxi says:
        November 11, 2013 at 8:50 am

        “Taxi, I doubt the Russians can ever spook the Americans.”

        Twenty years ago, that may have been true, but not anymore,
        >>>

        Taxi is right on this imo—-people tend to think of Russia as the failed broke state it was after the collapse, thats not the case any longer, it has come back.
        But the situtation now re the US & Russia, is that Russia *doesnt want to* lose the gains it has made in kind of war and the sane people in the US know that the US *cant* afford another war —-so thats basically the *standoff* now between the US and Russia. Which makes everything a US-Russia contest of diplomatic manuvering and what countries each can bring to it’s side on international issues.

      • Taxi
        Taxi
        November 12, 2013, 1:09 am

        American,

        Observe the current skillful way that both Russia and America apply their soft power (diplomacy) for self-preservation, as opposed to the zionists who don’t have a frigging clue. Even when the rotten bots go all the way to Haiti to rescue Haitians, it’s really a cynical hasbara maneuver aimed at making people forget about israeli war crimes against Gaza.

        The zionists have zero understanding of how to nation-build with longevity in mind. All their future plans for their despicable country are to do with wars and more wars. They do absolutely nothing with their time and resources except prepare for perpetual wars and murder. No energy is ever spent on a genuine will for peace. Fact is, even the mere talk of peace makes them panic and full-throttle attack the usefulness of soft power – as we all clearly witness in the case of Iran/Geneva.

        What a bunch of bad-mannered vandals and psychos.

      • American
        American
        November 11, 2013, 10:52 am

        @ Taxi

        “Them Saudis, whom I suspect were behind the chemical attacks in Syria, are absolutely livid (like israel is) that Bashar is still in power. It’s personal to the Saudi king and he’s still pouting and fuming about it”

        Yea, Prince Bandar is blowing off all over the place. You know sometime ago I read a profile piece on the ‘new’ successor to the Saudi king (cant remember his name) and how he was going to be much more ‘hard-line’ and agressive on protecting the Saudi royal throne, Sunni dominance and so forth and it looks like that policy is what is coming out of Saudi now.
        Telling the US to fuck off is a real 180 turn for Saudi.
        They think this will make the US bomb Iran for them?
        Iran is looking more and more like the only sane government in this deal.

    • Walid
      Walid
      November 11, 2013, 1:14 am

      Makes you wonder if the experienced Israel has being doing any coaching in SA with the ongoing expulsion of migrant workers. Saudia’s got its hands full this week with the ongoing rounding up and expulsion of millions of migrant workers. Some sites are reporting that police with baseball bats are patrolling the streets rounding illegals after the 7 month deadline expired for millions of migrant workers to get their visa/working papers in order to comply with a new labour law. Only half succeeded in doing so and the rest (some are reporting 4 million but this could be exaggerated) are being rounded up with riots breaking out. Hundreds of thousands have already left with millions of illegals unable to gather the necessary papers or that don’t have passports and are afraid to go out on the street causing a massive shortage in manpower. The number of illegals had swollen over the past several years because of Saudia’s extreme generosity and leniency, many having overstayed their Hajj visit, but now it’s hoping that the expulsion of illegals will provide job opportunities for their (10%)unemployed nationals. It’s doubtful nationals would accept jobs building or cleaning roads, or as housemaids.

  9. ToivoS
    ToivoS
    November 10, 2013, 3:32 pm

    This might explain France’s sabotaging the talks in Geneva: http://www.emptywheel.net/2013/11/09/after-reportedly-being-offered-saudi-weapons-sales-france-blows-up-iran-deal/

    Maybe it involves in getting a big weapons sale to the Saudis. Hollande is also visiting Israel soon. The Israelis are pressuring him to address the Knesset to show his loyalty. A new ME security alliance is being born — France, Saudi Arabia and Israel! Now there is a coalition of forces that will leave the rest of the world shaking in its boots.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/10/iran-nuclear-talks-at-risk has a pretty good summary of what France just did. They don’t mention the arms deal but bring in Frances disagreement with Obama for not going to war against Syria. Also it seems that Hollande was fearful of a negative Israeli reaction to his upcoming trip to Israel.

    This is all hard to believe. What do the French people think of all of this?

    • Sumud
      Sumud
      November 10, 2013, 6:30 pm

      The Guardian’s photo editor must have been chuckling to him- or herself after that effort. Caption:

      Binyamin Netanyahu, centre, and Israeli cabinet members meet at a kibbutz in the Negev desert to express alarm about the Iran talks.

      Absurd: ‘Quick everyone we must go to a kibbutz to express alarm’. Looks like a high school acting class – Netanyahu gulping for air like a fish and (I think) Livni behind him so alarmed she had to have a sit down.

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      November 10, 2013, 7:43 pm

      This might explain France’s sabotaging the talks in Geneva:

      Not only that, but even more ironic is that the French are bidding to win lucrative contracts to develop Saudi Arabia’s nuclear energy sector.

      http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20131003182448

    • Walid
      Walid
      November 11, 2013, 2:38 am

      “What do the French people think of all of this?”

      Hard to get a decent reading on what the French people are thinking since most of the French mainstream is parroting Isreal’s anti-deal stance and is doing a good job of keeping France’s rejection low-keyed. Only “Le Nouvel Observateur” came out and actually called what Fabius did as a “torpedoing” and gave as probable causes the getting back at the US by France for having abandoned the planned bombing of Syria but mostly because of Hollande’s scheduled visit to Israel in the coming few days. Pleasing the anti-Iran Gulf Arabs also played a part. It said that Fabius complained about Kerry arriving at the last minute with a draft of the agreement that no one had seen before. Some “antisemitic” remarks are circulating about Fabius’ Jewish roots having had something to do with it.

      http://www.rue89.com/2013/11/10/pourquoi-laurent-fabius-a-torpille-laccord-geneve-liran-247385

  10. HarryLaw
    HarryLaw
    November 10, 2013, 5:56 pm

    Kerry say’s “We are not blind and I don’t think we’re stupid”. Sounds like he’s not sure, but assembling all the Foreign Ministers of the 5 plus 1 and the Japanese FM in Geneva then telling them it’s all off because Netanyahu persuaded the French to throw a spanner in the works, suggests the kind of stupidity only the US are capable of.

  11. thankgodimatheist
    thankgodimatheist
    November 10, 2013, 8:37 pm

    In an interview with Israeli tv chanel 2 Kerry asks a good question:

    Kerry: Why do you want to build in what will eventually be Palestine?

    “Let me ask you something. How, if you say you’re working for peace and you want peace, and a Palestine that is a whole Palestine that belongs to the people who live there, how can you say we’re planning to build in a place that will eventually be Palestine? So it sends a message that perhaps you’re not really serious. If you announce planning, I believe it is disruptive to the process. But, the good side of it is, during the time we are negotiating, the planning will not translate into building and construction. And the prime minister has said he will not affect the peace map with the construction that takes place.”
    http://www.timesofisrael.com/kerry-why-do-you-want-to-build-in-what-will-eventually-be-palestine/

  12. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    November 10, 2013, 10:27 pm

    All of the stops in Israel that U.S. officials feel they are required to do tells the story.

  13. just
    just
    November 11, 2013, 8:01 am

    “Kerry pleads with Congress to give diplomacy a chance”

    For Congress to put Netanyahu’s spanner in the works is predictable and unconscionable. They care only about their donors and don’t do the difficult work of the American people or toward peace– not for a long, long time.

    With Congress dipping their dirty hands into AIPAC pockets to the tune of millions, they should not have ANY say wrt our “foreign policy”– a foreign policy that has been completely hypocritical and wrong for seemingly forever. We need to normalize relations with Iran and many others.

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