Does Kerry Know What He Is Talking About? We Simply Don't Trust You
03 November 2014
By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine
We Palestinians cannot afford to allow ourselves to be
deceived and bamboozled by the U.S. forever, since
this sort of destructive naivety would ultimately
spell out our end as a people.
Unfortunately, our leaders, including the late Yasser
Arafat and his successor Mahmoud Abbas, allowed
themselves to be deceived repeatedly by successive
American administrations which, we were told, played
the role of "honest broker" between us and Israel.
Our leaders probably trusted the Americans out of
frustration and helplessness and also because of a
great deal of gullibility on their part.
The truth of the matter, however, is that not only the
American administrations were utterly dishonest and
malicious, they also failed to openly tell the truth
about Israel's lebensraum policy in the West Bank, a
policy that has effectively decapitated whatever
remaining real chances for the two-state strategy.
We know and the world knows the reason: The U.S.
government is thoroughly controlled by Jewish pressure
groups, such as AIPAC, so much so that U.S. Congress
is effectively more answerable to Israel than it is to
its own American constituencies.
Jewish money in America has simply transformed
American Congressmen and women into full-fledged
I am completely confident that most educated
Americans, who are also willing to display a modicum
of honesty and call the spade a spade, know this
cardinal fact quite well. I also know that the
American media is reluctant to treat this matter
seriously for fear of the Jewish golem in Washington
D.C., which casts fear and terror in the hearts of the
American political class.
We simply don't trust you
The reason I am delving into this subject now is the
latest platitudinous statements about the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict made by Secretary of
State John Kerry. He has been quoted as saying that
the resumption of stalled peace talks between Israel
and the PA is imperative because the conflict is a
cause of recruitment and of street anger and
"It is imperative that we find a way to get back to
the negotiations. I still believe that is possible."
Kerry added: "There was not a leader I met with in the
region who didn't raise with me spontaneously the need
to try to get peace between Israel and the
Palestinians because it was a cause of recruitment and
street anger and agitation"
Arguing that the unresolved Palestinian-Israeli
conflict was fueling support for the Islamic State
group, Kerry added that "people need to understand the
connection of that, and it has something to do with
humiliation and denials and absence of dignity."
Well, it is really lamentable that Kerry is repeating
these platitudes now, half a century after the 1967
war. Even freshmen college students majoring in
political science or international relations know
these facts very well. The fact that it took the U.S.
State Department over fifty years to understand this
most axiomatic matter is no less than shocking.
It is true that the enduring Palestinian plight is
fueling anger throughout the Muslim world. That is not
a new discovery by any means. But it is also true that
the U.S. has all along been aware of this fact.
None the less, instead of pressuring Israel to give up
occupied land for peace, successive American
administrations actually chose to enable Israel not
only to say "No" to American mediation efforts,
despite the utter disingenuousness of these efforts,
but also to eliminate virtually all realistic
prospects for the establishment of a viable
Palestinian state in the West Bank.
It is unlikely that Kerry is unaware of the basic
facts pertaining to the enduring conflict. It is quite
possible that he is being malicious and just wants to
once again dupe the Arabs, especially the current
Palestinian leadership into playing the role of the
proverbial whore that would greatly facilitate the
realization of America's pernicious goals in the
region, namely shielding Israel from any potential
danger and impeding, as much as possible, the
appearance of a genuine Islamic force that would stand
in the face of American hegemony and Jewish Nazism.
On this occasion, I would like to remind Kerry of the
First, it is probably too late for any efforts,
especially mediocre American-style efforts in the
region, to make a difference. Israel has simply killed
any remaining chances for a lasting peace in the
region by building so many settlements on occupied
territories. Israel has also transferred hundreds of
thousands of its own citizens to live on a land that
doesn't belong to them. Hence, the creation of a
viable Palestinian state is just out of question under
Second, Kerry ought to acknowledge the fact that the
U.S. is utterly unable, even if willing, to force
Israel to give up the territories occupied in 1967, a
sine-qua-non for any semblance of genuine peace in the
region. The contemporary domestic American political
environment simply doesn't allow for this kind of
transformation in U.S. policy toward Israel.
Third, the Palestinian people and Muslims in general
will not allow the manifestly weak and vulnerable
Palestinian leadership to reach a "peace deal" with
Israel, especially one that would be no less than a
mere euphemism for capitulation. Indeed, even if our
leaders, e.g. Abbas, were to reach such a deal, the
deal itself would have a precarious life and wouldn't
Fourth, we the peoples of the region have been fed up
with American lies and deception. We heard you ad
nauseam promise us to get more serious in peace
efforts to end the decades-old Nazi-like Israeli
occupation. Indeed, whenever you wanted to carry out a
certain agenda in our region, such as toppling Saddam
Hussein, and needed to build up an Arab coalition to
"get the job done," you vowed to devote every possible
effort to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
However, as soon as you "got the job done," you got
back to your original default mode, a mode of
dishonesty, mendacity and wickedness.
Mr. Kerry, we simply don't trust you. We would be
fools to trust you.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist
and political commentator living in al-Khalil in