Kerry Warns Israel of Trump’s Naïveté
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Friends don’t let friends drive drunk, and right now Obama and Kerry rightly believe that Israel is driving drunk toward annexing the West Bank and becoming either a bi-national Arab-Jewish state or some Middle Eastern version of 1960s South Africa, where Israel has to systematically deprive large elements of its population of democratic rights to preserve the state’s Jewish character. – Thomas Friedman [New York Times]

WATCHING Secretary John Kerry‘s speech was a HOLY SH*! moment, as I saw it. It took two terms and winding down to the last days of the Administration to finally see President Obama‘s frustration with Prime Minister Netanyahu boil over.

It’s not a speech Barack Obama could have given.

But as we ready for the Chinese New Year of the Rooster, President-elect Trump‘s response was fitting.

Donald Trump could be the worst thing ever to happen to Israel, because the old ways won’t work anymore and it’s unlikely he’ll realize it before it’s too late for too many.

More from Thomas Friedman

More worrisome is the fact that President-elect Donald Trump — who could be a fresh change agent — is letting himself get totally manipulated by right-wing extremists, and I mean extreme. His ambassador-designate to Israel, David Friedman, has compared Jews who favor a two-state solution to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis. I’ve never heard such a vile slur from one Jew to another.

Trump also has no idea how much he is being manipulated into helping Iran and ISIS. What is Iran’s top goal when it comes to Israel? That Israel never leaves the West Bank and that it implants Jewish settlers everywhere there.

That would keep Israel in permanent conflict with Palestinians and the Muslim world, as well as many Western democracies and their college campuses. It would draw all attention away from Iran’s own human rights abuses and enable Iran and ISIS to present themselves as the leading Muslim protectors of Jerusalem — and to present America’s Sunni Arab allies as lackeys of an extremist Israel. This would create all kinds of problems for these Arab regimes. A West Bank on fire would become a recruitment tool for ISIS and Iran.

[…] What a true friend of Israel and foe of Iran would do today is just what Obama and Kerry tried — assure Israel long-term military superiority to the tune of $38 billion, but, unlike Trump, who is just passing Israel another bottle of wine, tell our dear ally that it’s driving drunk, needs to stop the settlements and apply that amazing Israeli imagination to preserving Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.

What does all of this mean now?

Another line in the perverbial desert sand in a place where winds blow in all directions so that no one can see where they’re being led.

“We cannot impose the peace,” Secretary Kerry said.

That’s the problem.

“If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both, and it won’t ever really be at peace.” – Secretary John Kerry

Senator Schumer is pissed.