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  • The Inside Story of How John Kerry Secretly Lobbied to Get CAIR Removed From UAE's Terror ... List

    01/19/2017 6:49:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | 1/19/17 | Steven Emerson
    On Nov. 16, 2014, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) took the unusual step of designating the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the Muslim American Society (MAS) – as terrorist organizations.They were among 83 groups named for their connections to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.This outraged CAIR officials, who immediately began efforts to get their organization removed from the list. They found a powerful ally in Secretary of State John Kerry, who authorized State Department officials to meet regularly with UAE officials to lobbying on behalf of CAIR and MAS .CAIR already had a sympathetic ear in the Obama administration, including...
  • BREAKING NEWS: John Kerry to Skip Trump Inauguration

    01/18/2017 10:48:37 AM PST · by seanmerc · 115 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 18 Jan 17 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Secretary of State John Kerry won't be attending President-elect Trump's inauguration on Friday, according to the State Department. "The secretary will not attend the inauguration," a State Department official told the Washington Examiner. The official had no comment on why Kerry wouldn't attend.
  • Kerry not attending inauguration, official says

    01/18/2017 11:08:17 AM PST · by ColdOne · 56 replies
    msn.com ^ | 1/18/17 | foxnews
    Add Secretary of State John Kerry to list of those skipping the inauguration Friday. A State Department official confirmed to Fox News that the outgoing chief diplomat “will not attend the inauguration.” The official did not give a reason.
  • John Kerry Predicts Trump Administration Will Last "A Year, Two Years, Whatever"

    01/17/2017 12:50:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 17, 2017 | Tim Hains
    Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Geneva on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that he does not believe that president-elect Donald Trump will repeal everything he says he will when his administration comes into power on Friday, but if he does it could cause significant damage for "a year, two years, whatever, while the [Trump] administration is there."(continued)
  • Kerry: Israel marching towards being a 'unitary state'

    01/17/2017 9:50:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    INN ^ | 01/17/17 02:04 | Elad Benari
    Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said that it was the fault of Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) that a peace deal was not agreed upon during the Obama administration. Speaking to Christiane Amanpour on CNN, Kerry rejected Amanpour’s assertion that the administration failed to broker a peace deal. “The leaders of the two countries involved — one country and one entity, the Palestinian Authority — have failed to come to the table and reach agreement. You know the old saying — you can lead a horse to water, you can’t make it drink. Now, we...
  • Kerry says it's inappropriate for Trump to step into German politics

    01/16/2017 7:57:42 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 16, 2017 | By Lesley Wroughton and Andrew Roche
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday it was "inappropriate" for Donald Trump to brand German Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy "a catastrophic mistake". "I thought frankly it was inappropriate for a president-elect of the United States to be stepping into the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner," Kerry told CNN's Christiane Amanpour during a one-day visit to London in the last week of the Obama administration. "He will have to speak to that. As of Friday, he is responsible for that relationship." Trump, who will be sworn in as president on Friday, had said...
  • John Kerry: Trump’s Foreign Policy Comments ‘Inappropriate’

    01/16/2017 2:22:12 PM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 59 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 16th, 2017 | PAM KEY
    Monday on CNN International’s “Amanpour,” commenting on President-elect Donald Trump’s first UK interview with The Times of London, which covered several international issues, Secretary of State John Kerry said, “I thought frankly it was an inappropriate for a president-elect of the United States to be stepping into the politics of other country in a quite direct manner.” KERRY: He’ll have to speak to that as of Friday. You know he’s responsible for that relationship. AMANPOUR: You're talking about Angela Merkel's refugee policy which he did call catastrophic. KERRY: He did call it that and I think that she was extremely...
  • Back in the delta, US envoy Kerry meets Viet Cong foe

    01/15/2017 6:14:53 PM PST · by ColdOne · 58 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 1/14/17 | afp Dave Clark
    Viet Cong veteran Vo Ban Tam remembers the first time he crossed paths with John Kerry on the banks on the Bay Hap river, a day that ended in bloodshed. Almost a half-century later, the now 70-year-old Mekong Delta shrimp farmer locked eyes with the US Secretary of State on Saturday and they warmly grasped hands in mutual respect. Kerry returned to the Vietnam waterway at the end of a visit to the Communist nation, less than a week before he was to leave office, searching for the spot where he won a Silver Star for bravery as a young...
  • Kerry Attending Mideast Peace Conference, But Won’t ‘Box In the Incoming Administration’

    01/15/2017 8:49:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 13, 2017 | 4:28 AM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Secretary of State John Kerry is participating in a French-hosted conference on Mideast peace less than a week before the end of the administration to ensure U.S. views are heard, but with no “intent to in any way box in the incoming administration,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Thursday. At the same time, however, Toner declined to say whether Kerry would act to ensure that a communique coming out of Sunday’s conference does not call on the Trump administration to reconsider a campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. French officials have suggested that the...
  • Kerry calls [Israel's] PM from Paris, vows no further UN action (HUGE victory for Trump and Bibi

    01/15/2017 10:03:37 AM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 30 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | January 15, 2017 | Raphael Ahren and Times of Israel staff
    US Secretary of State John Kerry called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday from the Paris peace conference, promising to prevent any followup action to a resolution set to be drawn up on Sunday, either at the confab itself or at the United Nations Security Council. After a month of chilly ties between Washington and Jerusalem, Kerry updated Netanyahu about the steps he was taking to “soften” the text of the final communique, which is expected to be issued by the conference participants later Sunday.
  • Back on the Mekong Delta, John Kerry finds a man who once tried to kill him and exoneration

    01/14/2017 11:12:40 AM PST · by SanchoP · 71 replies
    WaPo ^ | 01/14/2017 | Carol Morello
    CA MAU, Vietnam — It could have been 1969 again as Secretary of State John F. Kerry stood on the bow of the small boat chugging up the Bay Hap River on Saturday, the wind billowing his sleeves and his eyes darting left and right toward banks shrouded in dark foliage. As a young Navy lieutenant, Kerry commanded a Swift boat along this stretch of churning brown waters in the middle of a free-fire zone. Here, he earned a Silver Star for his heroics when he leapt ashore after an ambush to pursue a fleeing Viet Cong with a grenade...
  • John Kerry, 72 Countries Set to Gang Up On Israel At Paris ‘Peace’ Summit on Sunday

    01/13/2017 9:20:25 AM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1/13/17 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – In a shameful display of rogue diplomacy, 72 countries – minus Israel – are set to attend a Middle East “peace” conference in Paris on Sunday widely expected to set the parameters for a future Palestinian state. Fresh from his 70-minute speech two weeks ago largely singling out Israel for condemnation, lame-duck Secretary of State John Kerry will represent the U.S. at the Mideast confab. There, Kerry is slated to represent the Obama administration in crafting a “consensus” document on an Israeli-Palestinian deal. This after a U.S. abstention last month allowed the passage of a United Nations...
  • Kerry: US More ‘Secure, Respected, Engaged’ Since Obama Took Office

    01/05/2017 1:44:53 PM PST · by ColdOne · 54 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/5/16 | Saagar Enjeti
    U.S. Secretary of State’s John Kerry’s closing memo to President Barack Obama painted a rosy picture of the U.S. role in the world since Obama took office in 2008. Kerry claimed Obama made the best of a bad situation, citing Obama’s inheritance of wars not his own in Iraq and Afghanistan, in addition to a grave economic crisis. Talking points seeking to validate Obama’s supposed success by blaming the past are a frequent and familiar direction for the Obama administration. “The United States is more secure, more respected, and more engaged in the world,” the glowing memo states, adding that,...
  • Audio Reveals What John Kerry Told Syrians Behind Closed Doors

    01/02/2017 5:04:02 PM PST · by grundle · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 30, 2016 | ANNE BARNARD
    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Secretary of State John Kerry was clearly exasperated, not least at his own government. Over and over again, he complained to a small group of Syrian civilians that his diplomacy had not been backed by a serious threat of military force, according to an audio recording of the meeting obtained by The New York Times. The 40-minute discussion, on the sidelines of last week’s United Nations General Assembly in New York, provides a glimpse of Mr. Kerry’s frustration with his inability to end the Syrian crisis. He veered between voicing sympathy for the Syrians’ frustration with United...
  • John Kerry’s practiced betrayal of friends

    12/31/2016 2:41:27 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    Washington Times | 29 Dec, 2016 | Wesley Pruden
    John Kerry doesn’t come late to the betrayal of friends. He has had considerable practice. In 1971, when he was a young lieutenant just back from Vietnam, where he was a decorated skipper of a Swift Boat patrolling the Mekong River, he appeared before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to pay his “respects” to the American soldiers, sailors and Marines he fought a war with. Representing all those veterans, he told the senators, he wanted to talk about war crimes he said “were committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command.”...
  • What Kerry Should Have Said

    12/30/2016 11:39:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 30, 2016 | Dan Calic
    When Secretary of State John Kerry delivered his comprehensive statement on the Arab-Israel conflict in front of a safe audience at the State Department, he took over an hour to defend the decision of the United States to in essence allow passage of the recent UN anti-Israel resolution by abstaining from it, rather than adhering to the longstanding policy of the U.S. to veto such resolutions. The general thrust of his message was to chastise Israel for building “settlements” on land defined as “occupied Palestinian territory,” as the main obstacle preventing a two-state solution. In addition to focusing attention on...
  • Kerry harshly condemns Israeli settler activity as an obstacle to peace

    12/28/2016 2:39:54 PM PST · by detective · 14 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 28, 2016 | Carol Morello
    Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Wednesday offered a harsh and detailed assessment of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, saying their growth threatens to destroy the viability of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and that the United States was obliged to allow passage of a U.N. resolution condemning the activity in order to preserve the possibility of peace. Kerry noted that the number of Israelis living in settlements has grown significantly and that their outposts are extending farther into the West Bank — “in the middle of what by any reasonable definition would be the future...
  • Kerry gets to deliver that anti-Israel speech he’s been practicing in the mirror all these years

    12/28/2016 2:43:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 28, 2016 | AllahPundit
    I’m excited for him. It’s no small thing for a man to realize a fantasy he’s cherished for decades, even though literally no one cares what he has to say. Obama’s a sport for letting him live the dream. That sounds like a joke but it isn’t. What explanation could there be for this except that Kerry badly wanted to extend a rhetorical middle finger to Netanyahu’s government, whose agenda he attacked today as being “driven by its most extreme elements,” on behalf of the Obama administration as they head out the door? Nothing will flow from it policy-wise. The...
  • Kerry: “Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both.(tr)

    12/28/2016 2:48:58 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 52 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 12/28/2016 | Robert Spencer
    Full title : Kerry: “Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both. And it won’t ever really be at peace.” …”The truth is that trends on the ground, violence, terrorism, settlement expansion and the seemingly endless occupation, they are combining to destroy hopes for peace on both sides and increasingly cementing any reversible — an irreversible one state reality that most people do not actually want."Today, there are a similar number of Jews and Palestinians living between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean sea. They have a choice. They can choose to live together in one state...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu Responds – Directly Calls President Obama and Secretary Kerry Liars

    12/28/2016 2:52:06 PM PST · by detective · 47 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 28, 2016 | Sundance
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded earlier today to the hour long speech by Secretary John Kerry and the clarified stance of the U.S. position toward Israel as outlined in the past several days.
  • Obama and Kerry want Israel to make "peace" with Palestinians for a two state solution

    12/28/2016 1:47:54 PM PST · by DanMiller · 12 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 28, 2016 | Dan Miller
    How can Israel do that when the Palestinian Authority and Hamas teach children to hate and kill Israeli Jews?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51U_EBDggkQ   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzWjSpka6gA   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-kOwFA8xZ4&t=3s  
  • In parting shot at Israel, Kerry warns Middle East peace in jeopardy

    12/28/2016 1:56:22 PM PST · by Innovative · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 28, 2016 | By Lesley Wroughton and Yeganeh Torbati
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said Israel's building of settlements on occupied land was endangering Middle East peace, voicing unusually frank frustration with America's longtime ally. In a swiftly issued statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Kerry of bias. He said Israel did not need to be lectured to by foreign leaders and looked forward to working with incoming President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to pursue more pro-Israeli policies.
  • John Kerry to Andrea Mitchell: U.S. Allies 'Won't be Swayed' by Trump's Tweets

    12/28/2016 10:42:20 AM PST · by ColdOne · 63 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | 12/28/16 | Corky Siemaszko
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said American allies "won't be swayed or intimidated by a tweet" from President-elect Donald Trump, who has repeatedly weighed in on foreign affairs despite not yet taking office. In an exclusive interview with NBC's Andrea Mitchell, Kerry said he would not get into a "debate" with Trump, but suggested U.S. allies have been "affected" by the president-elect's recent commentary on U.S.-Israeli relations and other sensitive foreign policy issues.
  • Hoyer To Kerry: Shut Up; Update: Russia Says Nyet?

    12/28/2016 11:32:34 AM PST · by MaxistheBest · 32 replies
    HotAir.com ^ | 12/28/2016 | ED MORRISSEY
    n about two hours, John Kerry will deliver a speech at the State Department to outline the Obama administration’s plan for a peace settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians. Needless to say, the Israelis aren’t happy about it, Republicans are furious about it — and even some Democrats want Kerry and the White House to shut up. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House Democratic whip, lashed out at Kerry and the Obama administration for reversing decades of American policy on peace negotiations: Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the Democratic whip in the House of Representatives and the second- highest ranking Democrat in...
  • Netanyahu slams Kerry's speech defending UN vote as 'unbalanced'

    12/28/2016 11:41:11 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 99 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 28, 2016
    Israel fired back at Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasting Kerry’s lengthy televised rebuke of the Middle Eastern democracy and the United States’ abstention from an anti-Israel United Nations vote last week. Netanyahu, speaking in Jerusalem just over an hour after Kerry’s speech had ended, said the speech was “as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed last week.” “Secretary Kerry paid lip service to the unrelenting campaign of terror that has been waged by the Palestinians against the Jewish State,” Netanyahu said. He later added: “Israelis do not need to be lectured about...
  • Leaked documents claim UN anti-settlement resolution orchestrated by US, PA co-op

    12/28/2016 5:52:23 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 44 replies
    jpost.com ^ | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Prior to the UN Security Council vote on anti-Israeli settlement resolution 2334, US Secretary of State John Kerry met with a Palestinian delegation in early December in Washington to discuss the draft, agreeing to cooperate, according to transcripts released by Egyptian daily Al-Youm Al-Saba'a. According to the report, Kerry along with US National Security Adviser Susan Rice, met with Secretary General of the PLO Executive Committee Saeb Erkat and Majed Faraj, head of the Palestinian Authority's General Intelligence Service. The reported transcripts reflect statements by numerous Israeli officials claiming that the resolution was orchestrated by the Obama administration. The source...
  • Kerry speaking [LIVE THREAD]

    12/28/2016 8:25:38 AM PST · by Dog · 377 replies
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  • Kerry to offer comprehensive vision on Israel-PA peace

    12/27/2016 2:57:20 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 64 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/12/16 | Elad Benari
    Secretary of State John Kerry will on Wednesday make a speech regarding the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) and discuss next steps needed to resolve the conflict, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Tuesday, according to Reuters. Kerry will offer a "comprehensive vision" of how he believes the process should be revived, Toner said. The Secretary of State Kerry believes "it is his duty in his remaining weeks and days as Secretary of State to lay out what he believes is a way towards a two-state solution," he continued. "It's always important to keep the...
  • Erdan calls John Kerry's upcoming Middle East peace speech 'pathetic'

    12/27/2016 3:33:32 PM PST · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/28/2016 01:26
    The US secretary of state is expected to make remarks on the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Wednesday. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan criticized US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday night, shortly after it was announced that he would give a speech on Middle East peace. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said that on Wednesday, Kerry will make remarks regarding Middle East peace and discuss the next steps needed to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "It's pathetic to present a [peace] plan at the last minute when he hasn't managed in changing anything for his entire time...
  • Kerry is working on another un resolution that would officially recognize a Palestinian state

    12/27/2016 11:21:18 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 130 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Dec. 27, 2016 | Michael Snyder
    Multiple media outlets are reporting that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is finalizing a document that the Obama administration hopes will form the basis for a UN Security Council resolution that officially recognizes a Palestinian state before the end of Barack Obama’s term on January 20th. This comes on the heels of the UN Security Council’s adoption of resolution 2334 on December 23rd. That resolution declared that all Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal, it stated that the Security Council recognizes the 1967 ceasefire lines as the border between Israel and “Palestine”, and it officially gave East...
  • After UN veto, Kerry suggests Israel's West Bank foray spawning 'terrorism'

    12/24/2016 11:59:45 AM PST · by ColdOne · 35 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 12/24/16 | foxnews.com
    Secretary of State John Kerry is defending the Obama administration’s decision to effectively allow the United Nations to condemn Israeli for attempting to build more settlements in the disputed West Bank, saying the “unprecedented” effort has spawned terrorism and violence that jeopardizes lasting peace in the region. The United States on Friday abstained from a U.N. Security Council vote to adopt a resolution condemning the Israel’s settlement expansion, which allowed for the measure’s passage and disapproval from incoming Republican President Donald Trump. “Things will be different after Jan. 20,” Trump tweeted minutes after the vote
  • Kerry Calls for Israel, Palestinians to Advance Two-State Solution

    12/23/2016 7:18:44 PM PST · by kevcol · 55 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 23, 2016
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Israel and the Palestinians to advance prospects for a two-state solution after the United States abstained in a U.N. Security Council vote on Friday condemning Israeli settlements.
  • Obama, Kerry behind 'shameful' U.N. settlement vote: Israeli official

    12/23/2016 3:22:53 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 23, 2016 | By Maayan Lubell
    JERUSALEM--U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are behind a "shameful" draft anti-settlement resolution at the U.N. Security Council, a senior Israeli government official said on Friday. It was one of the harshest personal attacks by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Obama, coming in the final days of his presidency. The two leaders have had an acrimonious relationship. "President Obama and Secretary Kerry are behind this shameful move against Israel at the UN," said the official, who asked not to be identified. "The U.S. administration secretly cooked up with the Palestinians an extreme anti-Israeli...
  • Russia's Lavrov informs Kerry by phone about Moscow talks on Syria

    12/20/2016 6:41:08 PM PST · by Mariner · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 20th, 2016 | by Alexander Winning
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov informed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a telephone call about the results of talks in Moscow on Tuesday on the Syria crisis, the Russian foreign ministry said. The foreign ministers of Turkey and Iran attended the Moscow talks with Lavrov and the defense ministers of the three countries met separately in the Russian capital. The Russian foreign ministry also said in its statement that U.N.-brokered negotiations in Geneva on the Syrian crisis had hit a dead end due to ultimatums from the Syrian opposition in exile. Moscow backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in...
  • Evacuations begin in Aleppo as Kerry decries Assad regime's 'massacre'

    12/15/2016 5:24:21 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 21 replies
    Faux News ^ | December 15, 2016
    Embattled Syrian rebels losing their last territory they controlled in Aleppo watched medics start evacuating the wounded and people caught in the crossfire Thursday, as Secretary of State John Kerry described the Syrian government's actions as "nothing short of a massacre."The evacuation is part of a cease-fire deal reached this week to have the opposition surrender their last foothold in Aleppo to Syrian government control in the face of a devastating ground and air offensive by government forces in the past weeks that chipped away at the rebel enclave. It marks the end of the opposition's four-year control of eastern...
  • Kerry announces peace in Syria, Mideast

    12/15/2016 11:54:25 AM PST · by pabianice · 58 replies
    Fox News Live | 12/15/16
    Kerry on TV now. Insists that all principles involved in Syria are committed to peace through his efforts as SECSTATE. Peace is at hand. Now answering question about whether Russia hacked the election. Has "high confidence that these thefts and disclosures effected the election in the way Obama warned. Now we have to get out the facts." Leaves stage abruptly. Spokesman takes his place. Insists that Syria and others have to talk to end war. Spokesman leaves amid many shouted questions.
  • John Kerry given France's highest honour (Legion d'Honneur)

    12/11/2016 4:34:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 130 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/11/16 | AFP
    Paris (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry has been given the Legion d'Honneur, France's highest honour, with his French counterpart calling him "the most French of American officials". At a ceremony in Paris on Saturday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault also said the top US diplomat was a "tireless champion of peace". "Francophone, Francophile, you are certainly the most French of American officials" Ayrault said. Kerry's French heritage and fondness for the country saw him attacked on the presidential campaign trail in 2004, when he was the Democratic candidate running against Republican George W Bush. Tensions were running...
  • Goodbye John Kerry, we won't miss you

    12/07/2016 5:20:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    INN ^ | 12/06/16 20:47 | Attorney Stephen M. Flatow
    John Kerry just couldn’t resist. Even though his public career is about to end—even though the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process” is long dead—even though he has absolutely nothing to gain from it—the 73 year-old Kerry just could not resist unleashing one final blast at Israel. Kerry’s disingenuous and mean-spirited attack on Israel at the Saban Forum on Sunday served as a powerful reminder of how good it is that he is about to leave office—and how dangerous for Israel it would have been if he had remained as secretary of state. […] Kerry also rambled off into a long denunciation of...
  • Kerry: Iran deal made Israel safer

    12/05/2016 10:41:02 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 30 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/16 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry argued on Monday that the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers last year had made the world – including Israel – safer. Kerry rejected President-elect Donald Trump's references to the agreement as a "disaster" and "the worst deal ever negotiated". "The region is safer, Germany and the United States are safer, Europe is safer, Israel is safer and the world is safer... It depends on all of us to keep this alive," he said at an event at which he was awarded the German Order of Merit, according to Reuters. The Secretary of...
  • John Kerry’s Dangerous Ignorance On The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    12/05/2016 9:32:31 PM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/5 | Aaron Klein
    “There will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world – I want to make that clear to all of you,” Kerry lectured, “without the Palestinian process and without Palestinian peace.” Perhaps the esteemed diplomat forgot that Israel already signed peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, two moderate Arab countries that enjoy normalized relations with the Jewish state despite the absence of an Israeli-Palestinian deal. And Kerry may have missed that under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there have been numerous reports of security cooperation between Israel and Sunni Arab states like Saudi Arabia that are deeply concerned by...
  • In Harsh Terms, Kerry Says Israel Is Undermining Peace Efforts

    12/04/2016 8:58:59 PM PST · by detective · 43 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 5, 2016 | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday accused right-wing Israelis of deliberately thwarting efforts to broker a peace deal with the Palestinians. In unusually stark terms, Mr. Kerry warned that the building of Israeli settlements was undermining any hope of an agreement to allow two states to live side by side.
  • Kerry Says Would Be Valuable For Trump To Seek Advice Before Calls [Angry That Trump Ignores Him]

    12/04/2016 4:43:07 PM PST · by Steelfish · 88 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 4, 2016
    Dec 4, 2016 Kerry Says Would Be Valuable For Trump To Seek Advice Before Calls [ U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday it would be valuable for President-elect Donald Trump's transition team to seek State Department recommendations before contacting foreign leaders but that it had yet to do so. "We have not been contacted before any of these conversations. We have not been requested to provide talking points," Kerry said during a question-and-answer session at a think tank conference. "I do think there’s a value, obviously on having at least the recommendations, whether you choose to follow...
  • Kerry’s parting conclusion on peace: It’s Netanyahu’s fault

    12/04/2016 1:36:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 41 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 12/4/16 | Rebecca Shimoni Stoil
    WASHINGTON — It was an introspective US Secretary of State John Kerry who came to the closing session of the last Saban Forum of the Obama administration. For four years as secretary of state, the Massachusetts politician had made the short trek to the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in early December, updating an audience that leaned Democratic – and pro-Israel – about the hottest issues on the burner, whether they were peace talks or Iran nuclear negotiations. Introspective Kerry knew that this was his last time to explain before Washington’s think-tank elite why on his watch, the United States had once...
  • Kerry, in stinging rebuke of settlements, doesn’t rule out UN action

    12/04/2016 2:01:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 12/4/16 | Rebecca Shimoni Stoil
    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry excoriated the Israeli right, claiming that support for settlement construction stems from a desire to subvert Israeli-Palestinian peace, during a speech before the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum on Sunday afternoon. A subdued Kerry, wearing reading glasses and referring to extensive notes, notably refrained from committing to veto any UN resolution intended to establish a Palestinian state, only promising a veto “if it is a biased, unfair resolution calculated to delegitimize Israel.” US officials last week indicated that US President Barack Obama had nearly ruled out any major last-ditch effort to put pressure on...
  • Kerry: People can't tell 'what's real and what isn't'

    12/02/2016 1:48:42 PM PST · by kevcol · 39 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 2, 2016 | Joel Gehrke
    "This is one of our chief challenges today, is to manage information and to do it in a way that average folks at home can know what's real and what isn't, what's true, what's false, and try to build consensus around a common set of understandings," Kerry said during the Mediterranean Dialogues Conference in Rome. "Technology has brought the world closer, yes; but it's also enabled bigots and demagogues to spread messages of divisiveness and hate with the click of a button, with the push of a finger." . . . "There are some truths, folks. Hard sometimes for people...
  • Pope Francis Meets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Vatican

    12/02/2016 1:39:03 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 21 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | December 2, 2016 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Dec 2, 2016 / 07:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While he was in town for a global meeting on the crisis in the Mediterranean region, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stopped by the Vatican for a meeting with Pope Francis that likely centered largely on the challenges of migration.Kerry is currently in Rome for the three-day “Rome Med – Mediterranean Dialogues” meeting, which this year runs Dec. 1-3. The second annual event is a high-level initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, as well as the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).The...
  • Gen. Petraeus Now Pushing Gun Control(now?)

    11/30/2016 5:22:01 AM PST · by rktman · 37 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 11/30/2016 | Matt Vespa
    Gen. David Petraeus may be on the short list to be our next secretary of state, but his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, led to him being convicted of mishandling classified information; Broadwell had access to journals of Petraeus that contained sensitive material. I’m not so sure he’s the best pick to lead the State Department. Moreover, isn’t mishandling classified information exactly what we’re trying to avoid and what we slammed Clinton for? Well, another venture Gen. Petraeus is diving into is gun control policy (via CNN):
  • KERRY VOWS ‘ONE HELL OF A DEBATE’ AS US AWAITS TRUMP

    11/29/2016 1:40:09 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 145 replies
    BREITBART NEWS ^ | NOVEMBER 29, 2016 | by BREITBART NEWS
    Washington (AFP) – US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Tuesday that he “will not go quietly into the night” as President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration prepares to shake up US foreign policy. Addressing an association of women diplomats, Kerry said he would help ensure a smooth handover of power in his department but would continue to argue for environmental protection, foreign aid and strong alliances. “We’re going to have one hell of a debate over the next few years, I can assure you, and I can promise you this… I am not going to go quietly into the night,”...
  • Rand Paul: Will Donald Trump betray voters by hiring John Bolton?

    11/19/2016 11:20:11 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 127 replies
    Rare.us ^ | November 15, 2016 | Senator Rand Paul
    Rumors are that Donald Trump might pick John Bolton for Secretary of State. Heaven forbid.One of the things I occasionally liked about the President-elect was his opposition to the Iraq war and regime change. He not only grasped the mistake of that war early, but also seemed to fully understand how it disrupted the balance of power in the Middle East and even emboldened Iran.We liberated Iraq, but today their best friend is Iran, their second greatest ally is Russia, and their third strongest alliance is with Syria. Trump really seems to get the lesson. Hillary Clinton never did.Most importantly...
  • New waters for jobless John Kerry in ’17

    11/16/2016 8:18:35 PM PST · by kevcol · 56 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 16, 2016 | Gayle Fee
    Globe-trotting Secretary of State John Kerry will be retiring come January, and now that the wife, Teresa Heinz, has put his two favorite big-boy toys on the market — the $25 million manse on Nantucket and the $4 million yacht Isabel — whatever will the ex-senator do with all his spare time? “The wife giveth, and the wife taketh away,” said one island wag. “Looks like he’ll have to find a job.” . . . Kerry has said he would like to continue to work on global-warming type issues once he leaves the State Department, and with Trump looking to...