Washington (GPA) – Newly releases audio captures John Kerry saying what we all already know about Israel.
Yesterday, Israeli broadcasters released audio of John Kerry speaking last year at a conference in Dubai. While the full context of the remarks is unclear, he does state some undeniable truths about the Palestinian peace process that US leaders would never say in public.
For starters, Kerry is heard speaking about the Palestinian’s “extraordinary job of remaining committed to nonviolence.” Kerry cited the example of the Palestinian restraint during the period known as the Knife Intifada, saying that when it “took place [Palestinians] delivered non-violence in the West Bank.”
Kerry apparently factored this reality into the rest of his remarks, when he went on to say that it wasn’t Palestine stalling the Middle East peace process. According to Kerry, the Palestinian commitment to nonviolence is “overlooked by the general [Israeli] population.”
Kerry went on to rhetorically ask why the Israelis might fail to mention the fact that the majority of Palestinians aren’t calling for an armed conflict with Israel. Answering his own question, Kerry said the reason was simple: “Because the majority of the cabinet currently in the current Israeli government has publicly declared they are not ever for a Palestinian state.”
Also in Kerry’s remarks were several warnings about the inevitable evolution of the apartheid standoff over Palestine. Kerry assumed the next step for the Palestinian liberation movement would likely be mass civil disobedience, or as Kerry describe it, “40,000 kids marching up to the wall every day with signs saying ‘give us our rights.”
It was Kerry’s opinion that Palestine isn’t “going to be immune forever to the civil rights movements that have swept other nations in the world.”
Protest is already a large part of Palestinian organization so it’s not like this day would be far off. What Kerry was more concerned about is what happens when Israel likely continues to ignore these demands.
In what Israeli leadership probably considers violent terms, Kerry went on to warn that “If you don’t have leaders who don’t want to make peace, if the equation doesn’t change, I’ll be amazed if within the next 10 years if we don’t see some young [Palestinian] leader come along who says we have tried non-violence for the last 30 years and look, it hasn’t gotten us anything.”
Upon hearing the recording yesterday, too Israeli officials immediately emerged from their caves to clarify that everything Kerry is heard saying in the recording is a “distortion of facts.”
One person who completely missed the intention of the comments was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (of course). Showing just how ignorant of reality he is, Bibi found a way to hear Kerry’s statements as a threat and responded as if they were saying in a statement that he “will continue to take a firm stance on the security and national interests of the State of Israel.”
Netanyahu’s statement went on to say the “security of Israel” would remain his top priority “even if those who tried to push him into making dangerous concessions, and failed, don’t like it.”
“The reason why there is no peace is first and foremost the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel at any borders. Even now they are suing the British government over the Balfour Declaration. It’s unfortunate that John Kerry has not yet understood this,” Netanyahu’s statement added.
Another voice rejecting Kerry’s assessment is Former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who tweeted “To blame the Israeli government for torpedoing the process, when Abbas never even entered negotiations and slammed the door in Kerry and Obama’s face – that’s a damaging distortion of the facts!”
Obviously the Israeli responses to this are outrageous, and they likely would’ve looked better pretending this audio didn’t exist. Yet that isn’t the reality, and Tel Aviv can never help themselves in addressing even modest criticism with violent rhetoric.
While John Kerry may have been telling the truth, this is also not enough since even under the Obama regime, Washington ignored tons of Israeli crimes. However, the recording does show that the US not only knows the truth about Israel but also realizes their system of apartheid and occupation cannot last.
Also published on Medium.