By shuttling to the Middle East to present Israel with a unilateral ceasefire proposal brokered by Turkey and Qatar, Secretary of State John Kerry has walked right into a major diplomatic blunder. There is no doubt that many nations in the region want to see Hamas emerge from this chapter in their history is a much more weakened state and that includes some solid US allies as Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The question remains: Why seek a brokered ceasefire and potential peace deal with blatantly open Hamas allies as Turkey (just listen to the vehemently anti-Semitic rhetoric that spews forth from the Turkish prime minister’s mouth on a daily basis) and Qatar (who openly finance Hamas and such media outlets as Al Jazeera) when it is not in the best interests of the United States? Why take sides with a known terrorist organization that is bent on not only vanquishing Israel from existence but remains a steadfast enemy of the West?
While he didn’t overtly endorse the Kerry plan, President Obama is said to be in favor of it as he ratcheted up the pressure on Netanyahu and demanded that Israel acquiesce to terms that would gravely diminish their ability to maintain the nation’s security.
Even Ari Shavit of the notoriously left-wing Haaretz newspaper in Israel couldn’t hide his annoyance of the Kerry proposal. He called it like it is and said that the Qatar/Turkey framework was “catastrophic” and more importantly and to the point he said this feeble proposal hands Hamas an unwarranted victory of sorts, invigorates them and breathes renewed life into the Muslim Brotherhood in a world that is collapsing around them.
Hamas is counting on the fact that its constant bombardment of images of dead Palestinian women and children across television and computer screens around the globe will achieve the kind of ultimate victory it longs for. After all, when Hamas intentionally uses their population as human shields, they are in control of the results. With a left-wing media driven by a pro-Islamist agenda, Hamas’ objectives are being embraced and exponentially enhanced. The Kerry/Obama team has a lot of explaining to do, but somehow we doubt we’ll ever know their genuine motivation