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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 

John Kerry predictably blames Israel for falldown of pseudo-peace talks

He may pretend otherwise, but it's obvious he's pinning the blame on one side only:
Referring to a fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners Israel had committed to release on March 29 but did not, Kerry said: “Unfortunately, the prisoners weren’t released on the Saturday they were supposed to be released … day (one) went by, day two went by, day three went by, and then in the afternoon, when they were about to maybe get there, 700 settlement units were announced in Jerusalem, and poof, that was sort of the moment.”

Kerry was referring to the Israeli government’s approval of the construction of homes in east Jerusalem, an area Israel says is an integral part of its capital city that it will never hand to the Palestinians, who claim Jerusalem as their future capital.

The Israeli government did not release the final group of prisoners, who had been convicted of terrorist activities, after the Palestinian Authority demanded that several Arab citizens of Israel be included in the group. Palestinians officials also would not commit to an extension of peace talks beyond April.

Jonathan Tobin, senior editor of the conservative Commentary Magazine, took issue with Kerry’s “poof” comment.

“Poof? To say that this evaluation of the situation is disingenuous would be the understatement of the century,” Tobin wrote. “Kerry knows very well that the negotiations were doomed once the Palestinians refused to sign on to the framework for future talks he suggested even though it centered them on the 1967 lines that they demand as the basis for borders.”

Tobin noted that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly said he would never recognize Israel as a “Jewish state,” which would be an indication of his willingness to end the conflict, nor had he “budged an inch on a single issue.”

“Kerry doesn’t want to blame the Palestinians for walking out because to do so would be a tacit admission that his critics were right when they suggested last year that he was embarking on a fool’s errand,” Tobin added.
There's more at the link. Kerry's only proven himself an incredibly selfish ignoramus by failing to admit failures can happen.

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