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Kerry Still Naive About Arafat

By on 6.4.13 | 5:04PM

Over at NRO, Dimitrios Halikias draws our attention to Secretary of State John Kerry's speech to the American Jewish Committee in Washington, D.C. yesterday. 

To be precise, Halikias hones in on Kerry taking Israel to task for its withdrawals from Gaza and Lebanon because they were done unilaterally rather than through a negotiated peace treaties Israel entered into with Egypt and Jordan. 

Well, last I checked, a majority of Egyptians want the Camp David Accords jettisoned. Curiously, Kerry didn't mention the Oslo Accords. Could it be because Palestinian Authority state television shows a world without Israel? This would be the Palestinian Authority led by Mahmoud Abbas, the so-called "partner in peace."

But the most astonishing thing about Kerry's speech was an anecdote he recalled about having lunch with Yasser Arafat in Ramallah. As Kerry discussed the ill-fated 2000 negotiations which would have granted the Palestinians statehood, Arafat said, "You know, that is my great regret. I should have said yes."

If Kerry was on the ball, he should have asked, "Well, why didn't you?" But, of course, this is Kerry we're talking about. If Kerry honestly believes what Arafat told him then I'd like to sell him the Lenny Zakim Bridge. Remember it was Arafat's lies to President George W. Bush about the Karine A incident which rendered him persona non grata at the Bush White House.

That Kerry believes a damn word Arafat told him tells you everything you need to know about his, and by extension the Obama Administration's views on the Middle East.

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