MR. KERRY: DON’T ISOLATE IS­RAEL

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

Sec­re­tary of State John F. Kerry de­liv­ered a speech Wed­nes­day from the State Depart­ment that con­tained a piv­otal phrase: “Here is a fun­da­men­tal re­al­ity. If the choice is one state, Is­rael can ei­ther be Jewish or demo­cratic. It can­not be both. And it won’t ever re­ally be at peace.”

Cou­pled with a re­cent vote within the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to re­store old bor­ders in the re­gion, Mr. Kerry’s speech proved par­tic­u­larly irk­some to some ob­servers.

“Pres­i­dent Obama and John Kerry are play­ing the Jewish com­mu­nity for fools. Their re­cent ac­tions at the United Na­tions did noth­ing more than al­low Pres­i­dent Obama to take a part­ing shot at Is­rael and Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu, while at the same time cre­at­ing new road­blocks to peace,” says Matt Brooks, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Re­pub­li­can Jewish Coali­tion. “True peace in the re­gion can­not be achieved by iso­lat­ing Is­rael in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, but rather can only be achieved through di­rect ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans.”

The or­ga­ni­za­tion is trou­bled — and sad­dened as well, Mr. Brooks notes. And they are not alone.

“The ‘path to peace’ laid out to­day by Sec­re­tary Kerry would

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