1. Oh my! Obama sure is scraping the bottom of the barrel!
Harry Wright ,
2. Chief US Statesman
As the Chief US Statesman, Kerry will be required to be vigilant to assure that any videos that are critical of Islam are officially condemned, and any attacks on US Consulates are officially labelled as the results of demonstrations against such videos that got out of hand. Can he handle that? Or, is that a challenge that only Hillary Clinton can meet?
Syd Chaden ,
Palelrmo Calif USA
3. If Kerry is against settlements
he is automatically against Israel.
Settlements and Israel are mutually inclusive.
Israel goes beyond Eastern Jordan.
4. #2 - Hilary didn't meet the Challenge!
Like Condo Rice, Hilary failed!
michael redbourn ,
5. Another "friend"?
John Baker ,
6. Good choice to close the gap between parties.
Kerry and Abba Eban would have gotten along very well. A high time Israel measures up to the challenge of putting a right person, a diplomatic professional, in the role of its Foreign Minister.
7. Mr. Kerry, Few who know of the essence of the Arab...
...Israeli conflict would argue that the late Mr. Yitzhaq Rabin was not a pro-peace and pro-Israel. In fact, for years, "peace-now" type folks have been raising the Rabin flag high, very high, worldwide. Perhaps the pro-Hagel should realize what this peace-loving pragmatist former prime minister of Israel had in mind. He drew his view of a contour for peace at his last speech at the Knesset, 5 October 1995, the main points follow:
1) Jerusalem will remain united under Israel's sovereignty and will also include the suburbs of Giv'at Zeev and Ma'aleh Adumim (and, of course, area E1 which connects Jerusalem and Ma'aleh Adumim, JBI).
2) All major Jewish settlement blocs will be incorporated into the sovereign state of Israel (including Gush Etzion, Beit-El/Ofra, Efrat, Gush Qatif in Gaza, etc. JBI).
3) The Jordan Valley ought to be viewed in the widest sense of the term and it too will remain under Israel's rule.
4) The future Palestinian state will not be a regular one in that it will be totally demilitarized, its airspace will be fully controlled by Israel's as will its boundaries and all of its border passes: land, sea and air.
One would also add that no Jews will be expelled from their villages and towns, regardless of whether those locales are within Israel's sovereign territory or within the territory governed by the Palestinian state. After all, Israel also has Arab villages and towns within it, hence why "cleanse" the future Palestinian state of its Jewish residents?
Perhaps, Mr. Kerry, all of us should learn a thing or two from Mr. Rabin's approach to peace-making. After all, he received his Nobel Peace Prize for his vision.