John Kerry - who has come to us determined and is acting out of an incomprehensible obsession and messianic fervor - cannot teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians.Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon • Dismissing both the intent behind, and relevance of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s role in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Kerry, who has visited the middle east repeatedly in the past several months on the matter, presented a security plan to Israel that the minister also defiantly condemned, calling it “not worth the paper it was written on.” He has since apologized for the comments, reportedly made in private in both the U.S. and in Israel, saying he meant no offense, while the White House termed the charge “inappropriate.” Said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney: “To question his motives and distort his proposals is not something we would expect from the defense minister of a close ally.” source
TEL AVIV: Following the death of former Israel prime minister Ariel Sharon – who has been in a coma since 2006 – plans for the 85-year-old’s state funeral have now been released. According to arrangements made by the Israeli government, Sharon’s burial plot is set to displace over 15,000 Palestinians living in the West Bank. The plot, located on the outskirts of Hebron, will take over land lived and farmed by Arabs for at least four centuries and will be surrounded by a five-metre tall concrete wall with armed sentry posts on each corner. It will also be connected to Israel by a four-lane commemorative highway. “It’s what he would have wanted,” said a source.
From the Arab version of The Onion
I can tell you, without any exaggeration, we not only narrowed differences but we made significant progress. There’s no question in my mind that we are closer now.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry • Speaking on the status of negotiations with the Iranian government, aimed at preventing them from creating a nuclear weapon (Iran maintains their nuclear program is for civilian purposes). The talks went on for three days. and according to Kerry, they were encouraging, but the sides, representing Iran, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom) and Germany ended their rendezvous in Geneva tonight with no deal in place. Negotiations are planned to resume November 20th. France, according to Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, is opposed to the current nature of a proposed deal, which he termed a “fool’s deal” — similar opposition to that voiced by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. source
By the end of this episode, I’ll be seen by many as a terrorist sympathizer, a Zionist tool, a self-hating Jew, an apologist for American imperialism, an orientalist, fascist, socialist CIA agent and worse. So here goes nothing.CNN’s Anthony Bourdian visits Israel and the Palestinian territories for this show, “Parts Unknown,” and explains the Israel-Palestine conflict over food. I’ve heard the episode is great and that he explains it all very strongly.