|Secretary Kerry with PA's Mahmoud Abbas, July 2013 [Image Source]|
We know you are working to a tight schedule on your briefest-of-brief visits to Jerusalem today. We wanted very much to speak directly with you today. For the third time in five months, we reached out to your staff ahead of your arrival and requested that you meet with us and with several other Israelis whose close family members were murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists.
We felt this would be an opportunity you would grab, assuming circumstances permitted of course. We laid out our reasons several times. Your memory can be refreshed by clicking here: "Memo to Secretary of State Kerry: Your staff need some urgent guidance" which we wrote to you on September 14, 2013.
That has been your team's position since August. (Are you reading this, Marie Harf?) We're beyond being astounded by this. We're puzzled, too, by the almost total absence of any mainstream media enquiry into how such a thing could possibly be. Do people realize how confused your advisers are about those murdering Palestinian Arab terrorists? They ought to be.
"Through the great PA TV, I say to the Israelis: There is no Palestinian who did something for the homeland and his nation who will regret it. We don't regret what we did and we will not regret what we did."
We have also learned that while the words themselves can be shocking, actually seeing them come out of the mouth of a man who intends every syllable, who wanted to murder, who wants to murder, who will try to do it again and will encourage others to emulate him, is more shocking still. Please, Mr Kerry: go ahead and watch. It runs for a couple of minutes, and it has English subtitles.
"In the morning we'd exercise from 7:00 until 8:00... Then the guys would get together in the prison yard and we'd chat, talk, eat, drink, joke and play, etc., throughout the day... Noon roll-call is from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Roll-call time is time for resting in the rooms... Nap time, reading time, study time... At 1:30 or 12:30 p.m. they'd take us out to the yard again. We'd spend [time] with the guys walking, laughing, playing, joking, etc., until dark."