“Obsessively Messianic” – John Kerry Criticized by Israeli Defense Minister.

The Israeli Minister of Defense, Moshe Ya’alon, recently came out swinging with harsh comments against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Former Presidential candidate Kerry has recently immersed himself deeply in the perpetual Israeli-Palestinian conflict in ostensible pursuit of peace between the bickering groups.

As Fox News reports:

 Israel’s hawkish defense minister trashed Secretary of State John Kerry and the peace deal he is trying to broker between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in off-the-record comments nonetheless published by the nation’s leading daily newspaper.

 “In reality, there have been no negotiations between us and the Palestinians for all these months – but rather between us and the Americans,” Moshe Ya’alon said in comments published in the pages of Yediot Aharonot. “The only thing that can ‘save us’ is for John Kerry to win a Nobel Prize and leave us in peace.”

Ya’alon added that Kerry, the latest U.S. diplomat to try to get the two sides to agree on a peace framework, is “acting out of misplaced obsession and messianic fervor,” and that the rumored draft document as “not worth the paper it is written on.”

It was not clear why the newspaper published what it called “private comments,” but there was speculation they were deliberately leaked to the press as no official disclaimer has yet been issued.

The State Department reacted swiftly to the purported remarks, directly rebuking Ya’alon.

“The remarks of the Defense Minister (Moshe Ya’alon) if accurate are offensive and inappropriate especially given all that the United States is doing to support Israel’s security needs,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told Reuters in a brief statement.

The side note about the Nobel Prize is rather humorous. The award seems to have lost some of its luster in recent years, after being bestowed upon such glittering beacons of human achievement as Al Gore, Barack Obama, and the entirety of the European Union.

Anything that has to do with Israel and Palestine bugs me thoroughly even before the discussion begins. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict elicits the most outlandish reactions from Americans on both sides of the issue. My personal stance is “To heck with it, because it’s not our business.” Unfortunately, those of my ilk seem to be in the minority as compared to those who will go to bat in a righteous furor for either the Israelis or the Palestinians.

Ya’alon’s remarks should be taken with a grain of salt, but I don’t doubt the bit about Kerry being “obsessively messianic”. Every American President and Secretary of State since Nixon and Kissinger has taken it upon themselves to be injected into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as “the Great Mediators”. It seems like some kind of tradition that every Secretary of State has to engage in a rousing bout of Kissinger-style shuttle diplomacy between the Israelis and Palestinians, which of course never seems to amount to anything more than a hill of beans after a few years. I think it’s stupid. Just leave the conflict alone.

These are some of my least favorite photos of all time:






And there are plenty more where these came from.

I’m not in opposition to the supposed peace achieved in these photos. What I’m opposed to is the message that these photos seem to send: that each of these Presidents acted as a great patron from on high to bring peace, joy, and happiness to end to the conflict. Strangely, the peace, joy and happiness never seem to stick, because Israelis and Palestinians are still as upset and hostile as ever.

If I were to ever be elected President (Lord forbid), here would be my first official address to Americans on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “Fellow Americans; starting with the end of this announcement, you will likely never again hear me discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in an official capacity. The conflict is located literally on the other side of the earth, and there is no reason why a single cent of taxpayer money should be spent on mediating, and often exacerbating, an ethnic conflict that doesn’t concern us. Unless that conflict begins to have serious and totally direct implications on the security of America, then I refuse to engage our nation in the conflict. I pray that the Israelis and Palestinians can eventually arrive at a solution free of violence. That is all.”

…And when I say “direct security implications”, I don’t mean typical neoconservative guff about Israel being the last line of defense against a world dominated by satanic Iranians (echoes of the Red Scare, anyone?). I can’t even think of what “direct security implications” would be; it would have to be something so obvious and grave that nobody could deny the figurative gun is cocked and ready to fire at us. Unless that’s the case, there should be no involvement in what is going on over there.

If Israeli and Palestinian leaders want to play king-of-the-hill over the West Bank for eternity, that’s not our problem. It sucks that violence flares and people die; that’s why I am very supportive of those who want to immigrate to the US and escape whatever troubles exist in their homelands. Furthermore, any Americans who want to spend their own money or risk their own lives in support of Israelis and/or Palestinians should be free to do so; but not a single cent more of taxpayer money (and that includes the paid time and effort of political figures) should ever be spent on this.

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