John Kerry

Another missed opportunity

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blew it. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handed him a major political victory on a platter and Abbas dropped it.

In his zeal to block a French-led effort to convene an international Middle East peace conference, Netanyahu told his French counterpart that such a meeting would be useless, but he's ready to "fly to Paris tomorrow" for one-on-one negotiations with the Palestinian leader.

Netanyahu, Kerry At Berlin Meeting Call For End To Incitement

10/21/2015 - 20:00

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a meeting in Berlin called for an end to incitement to violence against Israelis.

Netanyahu singled out Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for blame.

“I think it’s time for the international community to say clearly to President Abbas: Stop spreading lies about Israel. Lies that Israel wants to change the status quo on the Temple Mount, lies that Israel wants to tear down the Al-Aqsa mosque, and lies that Israel is executing Palestinians. All that is false,” Netanyahu said Thursday in Germany.

The outbreak of violence between Palestinians, Israeli forces and Jewish settlers in recent weeks has worsened in October. Getty

Iran, World Powers Reach Nuclear Agreement

Terms will limit Iran’s uranium enrichment for up to 15 years in exchange for lifting sanctions.

07/13/2015 - 20:00

TEL AVIV — Iran and world powers including the United States reached a final agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leaves a final press conference of Iran nuclear talks in Vienna. Getty Images

My Predictions For Iran Agreement

This much is certain regardless of the contents of the agreement being drafted in Vienna.  As soon as the white smoke wafts out of the Palais Coburg chimney:

1.     Iran will declare victory. The government needs it at home to rally public opinion and to counter pressure from the hardliners. It also knows how much any boasting irritates its enemies, especially in Israel, Saudi Arabia and the GOP{. 

Kerry Lays Wreath At Paris Kosher Market

01/15/2015 - 19:00

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry laid a wreath at a kosher supermarket near Paris where four people were killed on Jan. 9.

White House Says It Should Have Sent Higher-Level Representative To Paris Rally

01/12/2015 - 19:00

The White House acknowledged that it should have sent a higher-level representative to the anti-terrorism rally in Paris.

Pollard's Albatross

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu phoned Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday evening to ask him to intervene to release Jonathan Pollard in the wake of a fainting incident that send the convicted Israeli spy to a hospital earlier in the week.

"Jonathan is sick, his health is in danger, and after 30 years in prison it's time he is released," according to a statement from the PM's office. 

Hagel Out; 'True Friend Of Israel'

Chuck Hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense two years ago was met with considerable angst on the part of many friends of Israel. His resignation today was met with regret, especially at the Israeli Defense Ministry.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon called him "a true friend of Israel" who made "large and significant" contributions to the two nations' security ties. 

That's a far cry from the initial response to nomination of the maverick former Republican senator from Nebraska. 

Kerry Is Zionist Mouthpiece: How Did They Find Out?

The likelihood of a nuclear agreement with Iran grows increasingly unlikely, and whose fault is that?

The Jews and the Republicans, according to the chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi as reported by Iran's FARS news agency.

Kerry: U.S. Deeply Concerned By Rising Anti-Semitism

09/02/2014 - 20:00

Secretary of State John Kerry said the recent rise in anti-Semitism is of great concern to the U.S. government.

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