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We’ve Got Your Back, Israel

You have been warned:

US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke before the Senate on Tuesday, where he blamed Israel for the breakdown of peace talks last week.

“Israel didn’t release the Palestinian prisoners on the day they were supposed to be freed, and another day passed, and another day, and then another 700 settlement units were announced in Jerusalem, and ‘poof’…that was sort of the moment,” remarked Kerry before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The fourth and final batch of terrorist releases, meant as a “gesture” for the talks, was set for March 29 but put on hold given the total lack of progress in talks, and the widespread protest to the unpopular move. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly told Kerry the release could topple his government.

The release was officially cancelled last Thursday, after Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Abbas requested to join 15 UN agencies last Tuesday, in breach of the peace talk conditions.

Regarding Kerry’s comment about the “700 settlement units,” Israel reissued a call for tenders on over 700 housing units in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo last Tuesday. A construction freeze on Jewish building in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria was not a precondition of the talks.

I could rant and rave about the injustice—Israel has literally bled in releasing these prisoners; the Arabs haven’t stopped their Jew-hating incitement to murder and genocide for even a nanosecond; why do we cite housing starts in America as a positive economic indicator while condemning every single one in Israel—but I can’t be bothered.

I’m too busy standing and applauding Israel for sending this poseur packing. Seeing him drone on before Congress, I half expected him to accuse Israel of “razing villages in fashion reminiscent of Jenjis Khan”.

Kerry further blamed Israel for demanding recognition as the Jewish state. Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas brought talks to a standstill by adamantly refusing to recognize Israel as the Jewish state.

“The government of the United States and the president supports the notion of Israel being defined as a Jewish state,” Kerry noted. “We believe that that should happen. But when it happens, and how it happens, has to be part of the negotiations. It’s not going to happen in the beginning.”

What is Israel if not a Jewish state, you moron? Luxembourg with bagels? The only reason the Arabs won’t agree to it is that they want it as an Arab state. Like the world needs another one!

Noting the intensive energy that he has put into pushing the talks forward since last July, Kerry noted “there’s a limit to the amount of time that (US) President (Barack) Obama and I can invest in this topic with consideration to other challenges around the world, especially if the sides aren’t willing to show seriousness.”

Good! Beat it. Hasta la vista. See you. I think I hear Crimea calling.

Don’t worry, Israel. He, too, shall pass.

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Breaking News From 1917

John Kerry:

US Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to overcome the controversy surrounding the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state by changing the definition to “the national homeland of the Jews”, the London-based Arabic Al-Hayat newspaper reported Saturday morning.

Lord Balfour:

His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.

That’s why they call him “Cutting-Edge Kerry”.

Of course, things have changed in the intervening 97 years. A war here, a pogrom there—oh yeah, the Holocaust—and somehow a “national homeland for the Jews”, as lofty as it once sounded, now sounds less secure than a “Jewish state”. Especially when it is arrived at as a compromise to avoid inflaming hostile, rejectionist Arab opinion.

My opinion, the Jews have had enough of “homelands” like the Warsaw Ghetto. They need—and have—a state. The only debate is how much of Judea and Samaria should be in it? (All.)

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Celebrate Diversity

At least in terms of arms suppliers:

Alenia Aermacchi has rolled out its first M-346 jet trainer for Israel, part of a reciprocal deal covering satellites and early warning aircraft for Italy. The deal has boosted ties between the countries and may now see Tel Aviv sending its F-35 joint strike fighters to Italy for maintenance.

Officials from the defense ministries of both countries talked up their close relationship as they met in Italy on March 20 for the rollout of the first of 30 M-346 jets Israel has ordered — the first non-American plane the country has bought for decades.

“It would make a lot of sense for us to maintain JSFs in Italy rather than sending them to the US,” he said.

True, why send them across the Atlantic when Italy lies but halfway across the Mediterranean? But I wonder if there’s more to the strategy than that? America hasn’t been the most steadfast ally of late.

Still, we are trying:

American officials are very concerned that the talks between Israel and Palestinian Authority could break down totally. The two sides are deadlocked, and no progress has been made for weeks, the officials were quoted as saying by Israel Radio – and the administration of President Barack Obama is feverishly trying to come up with a formula that will keep both sides talking.

The US, therefore, is considering various “creative” ideas to make the deal more appealing, the report said. Among them is an idea Netanyahu himself proposed – releasing Jonathan Pollard, who has been in an American prison for nearly three decades on charges of spying for Israel. The diplomats said that it was not clear Obama would agree to such a condition.

Talking is overrated if you ask me, particularly when the only word spoken is “no”:

PA chief Mahmoud Abbas has made it clear numerous times that he will not concede on the Palestinian’s “core” demands – an Israeli withdrawal from all of Judea, Samaria, and much of Jerusalem; free immigration of the descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in 1948 into Israel; and no recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Under such conditions, Netanyahu has told diplomats, there is no way he could get an agreement with the PA approved by his government.

Under these circumstances, when a man’s freedom is a bargaining chip, Israel would be wise to source its self defense requirements from more than one (unreliable) supplier.

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I’m Glad That’s Over With!

What part of “no” don’t we get?

On his trip to Washington this week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry’s framework document for continued peace talks with Israel, and issued “three no’s” on core issues, leaving the negotiations heading for an explosive collapse, an Israeli TV report said Friday.

Specifically, the report said, Abbas rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that he recognize Israel as a Jewish state. He also refused to abandon the Palestinian demand for a “right of return” for millions of Palestinians and their descendants — a demand that, if implemented, would drastically alter Israel’s demographic balance and which no conceivable Israeli government would accept. And finally, he refused to commit to an “end of conflict,” under which a peace deal would represent the termination of any further Palestinian demands of Israel.

Satisfied? Are we done here?

Can we move on now with the extension of Israeli sovereignty to the ancient Jewish lands of Judea and Samaria—as guaranteed by the Balfour Declaration and the League of Nations? (The latter of which automatically became UN policy.)

An invented people, occupying land not their own, have been wasting time pretending to negotiate. That’s quite enough of that.

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So Gay

We won’t lift a finger (with good reason, albeit) to save Crimea from being re-absorbed into a renascent Soviet Union, and we’re happy to see Afghanistan and Iraq sink back into the lake of fire that is modern Islamism—but touch not a hair on that gay head!

The Ugandan president committed to meeting with American “experts” on homosexuality to try to change his mind about the Anti-Homosexuality Act signed into law last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday during a forum at the State Department moderated by BuzzFeed.

Museveni claimed to have signed the law, which imposes up to a lifetime prison sentence for homosexuality, after being convinced no one is “born gay.”

We’re going to airlift the “experts” (the 77th Fighting Minnellis) and drop them with rainbow colored parachutes. They’ll close on Kampala singing “I Am What I Am” from La Cage aux Folles.

But those experts might want to take a little detour across Araby and the rest of Islam—where homosexuality is forbidden, denied, and punished by death—on the way to Uganda.

Oh yeah, they could start right here, in black churches across America:

A coalition of African-American civil rights leaders and pastors announced a campaign to gather 1 million signatures to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder for attempting to undermine states’ authority to “coerce states to fall in line with same-sex marriage.”

Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) is calling for Holder’s impeachment for “attempting to impose ‘same-sex marriage’ throughout the nation despite federal law, rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, and state constitutional amendments to the contrary,” reads the online petition.

As of this writing, the effort shows 27,453 signatures—less than 3% of the hoped for total. So yes, maybe matters overseas demand our attention first.

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, who’s accused Tony Blair of a plan to impose homosexuality throughout the Commonwealth; or Kenya’s Daniel arap Moi, who attacked the “gay scourge” sweeping Africa; or Zambia’s Frederick Chiluba, who has said gays do not have “a right to be abnormal”; or Namibia’s Sam Nujoma, who accused African homosexuals of being closet “Europeans” trying to destroy his country through the spread of “gayism”; or Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, who proposed the arrest of all homosexuals, though he subsequently moderated his position and called for a return to the good old days when “these few individuals were either ignored or speared and killed by their parents”.

With all of this gay-bashing occurring all over Africa, why the sudden dispatch of “experts” (Queer Eye for the Bantu Guy) to Uganda?

[D]oes the fabulously “tailored approach” (as Rush pointed out yesterday) only extend to places that are 84 per cent Christian?

Ohhhhh. Why didn’t you say so? Muslims and African despots can lop off any offending protuberances they wish without a peep from us. But let a Christian nation pass a law that criminalizes “gayness” (even unto death), and we send in the pastel green berets.

Quite right, carry on. But we couldn’t appear more limp-wristed ourselves if we were auditioning for a Broadway-bound revival of The Boys in the Band.

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The “U-Word”

Not eunuch, though that fits very well.

“Unfortunate”:

“The (Russian) President (Vladimir Putin) may have his version of history, but I believe that he and Russia, for what they have done, are on the wrong side of history,” Kerry said during a function at the State Department on Tuesday.

“I must say I was really struck and somewhat surprised and even disappointed by the interpretations in the facts as they were articulated by the President,” Kerry said soon after Putin’s speech in Moscow.

“But the President has made it clear that if there is this move to the full annexation, which appears to be clearly the direction that they have decided to move, it will be unfortunate

Surprised, disappointed, unfortunate—these words must surely describe what most Americans think of how far we’ve fallen in the world’s estimation. In the last five years alone.

On the positive side, this should help with illegal immigration. Who would want to join a team of such hapless losers? Head for China and Russia, my Guatemalan amigos. I’m sure there are jobs that need to be done that Crimeans just won’t do.

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Care to Hear the Other Side?

So, we’re all on board that Russia behaved very badly, right? There should be “costs” (per Obama) for this “act of aggression” (per Kerry), right?

Ri-i-i-ght…:

The West organized the coup in Ukraine and they can make this very ugly, but there is no chance of Russia being able to back down, Danny Welch, blogger and anti-war activist, told RT.

Russia’s dispatch of a stabilization force in Crimea on official request from local authorities was harshly criticized by US Secretary of State John Kerry over weekend, threatening to isolate Russia economically and politically and warning of potential asset freezes and visa bans.

“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests,” John Kerry said during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press. “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th-century behavior in the 21st century.”

Danny Welch: The harshness of his [Kerry’s] reaction is indicative of the weakness of his position. In the first place it is absolutely surreal for the Secretary of State of the US to state that a country doesn’t have a right to invade other countries without a pretext, when right at the moment his own government is involved in up to a dozen countries. And I think the whole world thinks it sounds crazy except for the Western press.

RT: Western countries back Kiev … are we seeing a self-appointed government receiving international recognition?

DW: I’m not sure that’s international recognition. The Western powers always use a term international community when they mean themselves and a few of their closest friends. I think what remains to be seen is Russia and China – they are the two strongest members of the UN Security Council. They’ll obviously withhold recognition. Turkey basically agrees with Russia on the Crimean issue.

The coup is unraveling. The Navy commander defected and swore his leniency to Crimea. It’s not a tenable position for anyone involved, I think [the West] will try and they have military muscle, if they really want to start a war they can. [The West] started the coup, they funded the coup, they organized the coup – they can make this very ugly. But there is no chance of Russia being able to back down, so I don’t think they can do much.

RT: Washington and Brussels appear to be ignoring the nationalists and extremists within the Kiev government. Why is that?

DW: Because it’s supremely embarrassing. I was in Kiev and in Moscow many years ago, and one of the things that you can see when you’re on the ground there, that you are never taught in American schools, is the overwhelming pride at having defeated the fascists, and having pushed back the Nazis, and at what an incredible sacrifice of tens of millions of people for the Soviet Union and how important that is to the national identity. And now to have these Western powers actually paying fascists, paying neo-Nazis, to seize power in a country on Russia’s border is simply too evil and too embarrassing to admit, and so they’ll just continue to deny it.

That’s more than enough, as I’m sure you’ll agree. But it’s what they’re telling themselves. Or at least what this Danny Welch (who he?) is telling us.

I stopped there because there’s one little hole in his story: to paraphrase John Kerry, the Soviet Union was for the Nazis before they were against them. And it does little good to defeat German fascists if all you’re going to do is impose Russian fascism for the next four decades.

But if this is how Russia sees Obama/Kerry bluster, Ukraine is in for a very, very, very long winter.

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NFL: Uganda?

Maybe Richie Incognito can get a job with the Kampala Straight Men:

A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country’s “200 top” homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh anti-gay law.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday’s signing of the bill by President Yoweri Museveni marked “a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights” and warned that Washington could cut aid to the government of the East African nation.

Few Ugandans identify themselves as gay, and the tabloid’s publication of alleged homosexuals recalled a similar list published in 2011 by a now-defunct tabloid that called for the execution of gays. A Ugandan judge later condemned the outing of homosexuals in a country where gays face severe discrimination, saying it amounted to an invasion of privacy. A prominent Ugandan gay activist was killed after that list came out, and activists said at the time that they believed David Kato was targeted because of his work promoting gay rights in Uganda.

The new law punishes gay sex with up to life in jail — a measure criticized as draconian in a country where homosexuality already had been criminalized. The bill originally proposed the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality,” defined as repeated gay sex between consenting adults and acts involving a minor, a disabled person or where one partner is infected with HIV.

Sorry for asking, but doesn’t jail time just exacerbate the problem?

Anyhow, who can disagree with John Kerry (this time)?

“Now that this law has been enacted, we are beginning an internal review of our relationship with the Government of Uganda to ensure that all dimensions of our engagement, including assistance programs, uphold our anti-discrimination policies and principles and reflect our values,” Kerry said in a statement.

Just one point, Mr. Secretary: Arabs use just such hateful and inciting language toward Jews. All the time. When will that internal review commence?

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John “Shecky” Kerry

[I nearly finished this lengthy post earlier his morning when it disappeared into the ether---just gone. This is how important I feel it is: I'm writing it all over again.]

The man’s a joke, you have to admit:

Last week, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Xinhua, a state-run news organization in China, that Israel may initiate a military incursion in Gaza against Hamas to undermine Kerry’s efforts to forge peace.

Erekat had previously suggested that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wanted Abbas assassinated.

Israeli officials have denied and condemned the remarks, and the State Department on Wednesday expressed “concern over the recent comments.”

“Personal attacks are unhelpful,” State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said, responding to Erekat’s comments to the Chinese media outlet. “The secretary will make clear that these comments are disappointing.”

Why stop there, Shecky? There are so many more “unhelpful comments” or “personal attacks”:

Abbas praises murderer of 2 Israeli university students:
“Heroic brother”
[Official PA TV, Oct. 29, 2013]

PA praises murderer of 4 religious studies students:
“[He] wrote the most wonderful and sublime words of sacrifice with his blood”
[Official PA TV News reporter, Official PA TV, Feb. 10, 2014]

Fatah praises murderer of 3 high school students:
“[He] saturated the soil… with his blood in his heroic operation”
[Fatah praise of killer on casket, Al-Fajer TV, Feb. 11, 2014]

“Thousands of Palestinian citizens escorted Martyr Jalal Mahamid after his remains were received from the occupation forces (i.e., Israel) in an impressive military funeral… A wreath was laid on the Martyr’s grave on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas.”

Writing on wreath: “President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen”

Note: Jalal Mahamid planned a double suicide attack in Israel with another terrorist on Feb. 8, 2002. They entered Israel, but their vehicle exploded too soon and both were killed without harming anyone else. Israel transferred Mahamid’s body to the PA on Feb. 4, 2014.

Official PA TV News reported on the military funeral of the two suicide bombers Ayyat Al-Akhras and Daoud Abu Suway whose remains were transferred by Israel to the PA.

PA TV reporter: “The funerals of the two Martyrs (Shahids), Ayyat Al-Akhras and Daoud Abu Suway began with an impressive military and public funeral procession. Grief over parting with the loved ones mixed with happiness over the release of their bodies after a long wait of more than 12 years.

PA TV reporter: “Here is Palestine, with its elderly and youth, its trees and stones and atmosphere escorting the bodies of the heroic Martyrs and telling the Israeli occupation: ‘Oppress us all you want – history belongs to us, the present belongs to us and the future will belong to us only.’”

Notes: Daoud Abu Suway was a suicide bomber from the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization who blew himself up near the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem on Dec. 5, 2001. 8 people were wounded in the attack. Israel transferred his body to the PA on Feb. 2, 2014.

Ayyat Al-Akhras – the youngest female Palestinian suicide bomber (age 17). She killed 2 Israelis and injured 28 in a suicide bombing near a Jerusalem supermarket on March 29, 2002. Israel transferred her body to the PA on Feb. 9, 2014.

“A delegation from Jerusalem, headed by Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, the Al-Aqsa Mosque preacher and Chairman of the Supreme Muslim Council, had a meeting yesterday [Jan. 30, 2014] — attended by Ambassador of the State of Palestine [to Qatar] Munir Ghannam — with [Qatari] Minister of Religious Affairs Dr. Ghaith Bin Mubarak Al-Kuwari. The delegation updated him on recent events in Jerusalem, specifically on the frantic efforts to assault the Al-Aqsa Mosque and make it difficult for Palestinians to reach it, as well as [updated him] on plans — both disclosed and undisclosed — to destroy it and build the alleged Temple in its place.”

Note: The PA considers any presence of Jews on the Temple Mount an “assault.” All visitors are subject to rigorous checks by Israeli security personnel before being granted access to the Temple Mount.

Oh wait, that last one is true—or at least I wish it were.

But these are just a few spatters from the endless stream of genocidal sewage spewing from official Arab media organs. And from just the past few weeks. There is a veritable Niagara Falls of this bilge day after day, year after year.

Surely, Shecky is aware of this. He can’t be so obtuse not to know. (Sure about that, BTL?) Why care now?

It’s inarguably immoral to urge a vulnerable people to make “peace” (read: submission) with those who swear on everything they hold holy to annihilate them. I argue that “peace” itself with such people is immoral. Leave it to Shecky to be in the middle of the whole mess.

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President’s Day

That should read Presidents’ Day, but for Barack Obama, every day is President’s Day:

President Obama today [Saturday] is playing golf on the course at the Annenberg Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, California.

As expected, several buddies have flown in to join him for a three-day weekend of fun. Today he is playing with old pals Bobby Titcomb, Greg Omre, and Michael Ramos.

It’s the fourth time he has played so far this year – he got in three outings while in Hawaii last month – and the 161st round of his presidency.

Of course, behind every successful president stands a First Lady.

On skis:

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters are skiing Aspen again this year.

It’s her third time in Aspen after hitting the slopes in Vail back in 2011. “She likes it here,” said local Sheriff Joe DiSalvo, according to the Aspen Daily News. Reasonable deduction.

Michelle is once again at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, major Democratic donors who own the Aspen Skiing Co.

According to the New York Post, Mrs. Obama’s arrival shut down the Aspen airport for an hour on a high travel day, forcing other vacationers to cool their heels on their private jets as they waited for Michelle to land and disembark.

One of our readers wrote Friday that he had “spotted a caravan of about 7 black SUVs with a police escort leaving the Aspen airport. In all likelihood that was her.

She took an Air Force jet and a cargo plane 2,000 miles across the country so she could slide down America’s most powdery slopes beside its wealthiest skiers.

This would be just the moment for President Obama to talk about income inequality, don’t you think? And John Kerry on greenhouse emissions?

PS: We’ve largely ignored scandalous rumors of infidelity and estrangement in the First Family. And I guess we’ll continue to do so. But their separate vacations (plural), and the president’s persistent palling around with someone arrested for soliciting a prostitute (named Titcomb, no less) don’t make it easy to ignore.

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How It’s Done

Liberal Hegemony 101: In this course, the student will learn how to take a minor issue and blow it out of all proportion for the purpose of government takeover as the only solution. Health care, income distribution, and the weather will be prime examples. No previous experience necessary; anyone can do this.

Climate change may be the world’s “most fearsome” weapon of mass destruction and urgent action is needed to combat it, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday, comparing those who deny its existence or question its causes to people who insist the Earth is flat.

“We simply don’t have time to let a few loud interest groups hijack the climate conversation,” he said, referring to what he called “big companies” that “don’t want to change and spend a lot of money” to act to reduce the risks.

“We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts,” Kerry told the audience gathered at a U.S. Embassy-run American Center in a Jakarta shopping mall. “Nor should we allow any room for those who think that the costs associated with doing the right thing outweigh the benefits.”

“The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand,” Kerry said. “We don’t have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.”

Flat earth, poofy hair, who gives a [bleep]?

Isn’t it interesting how desperate zealots get when cornered in a lie? The science is “unequivocal” (a nice change from “settled”); the skeptics are “shoddy” and their motives are corrupt. And there’s no time for anything like debate or review. You can hear the shriekiness of his voice in his words.

This is how it’s done, boys and girls. When you have the facts, pound the facts; when you don’t, pound the table. This is the same approach to Israeli/Arab peace negotiations. There is no more time; Israel faces boycotts and illegitimacy; they must act (i.e. do what he says) now, now, now. There is no other way.

Liberals believe in government, but not democracy.

PS: How did you get to Indonesia, Mr. Secretary, yacht? We know you didn’t take a plane: the hypocrisy of preaching about carbon footprints in such a scenario would be too rich.

Oh no!

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The Broken-Promised Land

Note that the Lord didn’t say “If you like Canaan, you can keep Canaan.”

Speaking in Germany, Kerry claimed that in Israel, “there’s a momentary peace. Last year, not one Israeli was killed by a Palestinian from the West Bank.”

In fact, several Israelis were murdered in terrorist attacks in the area in Judea and Samaria in 2013. The widow of one of them – 31-year-old Evyatar Borovsky – expressed hurt at Kerry’s remarks.

“I don’t even believe that Obama even knows there was a murder or anything,” she said. “I’m not sure they actually know, that the American government knows what’s happening in Israel, that people are being murdered.”

It has been less than a year since Evyatar was murdered, she noted. “Everyone here… is feeling it because terrorism is actually rising,” she said. Indeed, a report from the Shin Bet (General Security Service) revealed a significant increase in the number of terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria in 2013.

“The Americans are supposed to be our best friends, but are actually working against us and putting our backs to the wall,” she accused.

Kerry is “living on a planet of his own,” she said.

Five Israelis were murdered by terrorists in Judea and Samaria in 2013. In addition to actor and father-of-five Evyatar, terrorists killed retired IDF officer Seraya Ofer, young soldiers Tomer Hazan and Eden Attias, who was stabbed to death on a bus as he slept, and Gabriel Kobi.

There were also several near-fatal attacks throughout the year, including a rock attack that left a 2-year-old girl fighting for her life, and an attack north of Jerusalem in which a terrorist shot a nine-year-old girl in the neck.

The Arabs who occupy the ancient land of Israel would dearly love to improve on these numbers. From individual murders to mass slaughter, Arab propaganda is diametrically opposed to peace, “momentary” or permanent. Their words are nearly bloodier than their deeds. (Nearly.)

But she’s wrong to say that Kerry is on a planet of his own. It’s more like a yacht (docked in Rhode Island, not Massachusetts, to avoid taxes) than a planet, and he’s hardly alone. Drinking Moet on the deck with him are the glitterati of the international set: Obama, Ban ki Moon, Jimmy Carter, Catherine Ashton, and that hot Scandinavian PM who took selfies with Obama at Mandela’s funeral. They are not bothered by throat-slashings or car-stonings. They are completely at sea.

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