|Kerry in Saudi Arabia, January 5, 2014 |
[Image Source: State Department]
The victims of terror also pay much closer attention than others to the frequently silly and/or politically motivated statements of public figures about terrorism. As we see it (and the murder of our fifteen year-olddaughter places us solidly within the terror victims category), terrorism is mostly understood in shallow and factually-wrong ways, a reality that leads to cynical manipulation by people with power in the media and in political life. This has very serious consequences for all of us - not just for us victims.
|Kerry and Abbas, December 2013 [Image Source]|
Readers can get a sense of this from a sampling of our posts on the matter. For instance "14-Sep-13: Memo to Secretary of State Kerry: Your staff need some urgent guidance"; "27-Aug-13: Justice devalued, lives demeaned, principles cheapened: the high price of freeing murderers"; "25-Aug-13: Wake up call for those who thought the terrorists are walking free for peace"; "19-Aug-13: Is the US State Department breaching its own policy on Palestinian Arab terrorists?"
|Kerry, November 2013 [Image Source]|
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent a defiant message to Israel’s leadership and US mediators Saturday, telling cheering supporters that the Palestinians “won’t kneel” and won’t drop demands for a capital in East Jerusalem. Abbas’ unusually fiery speech highlighted the wide gaps between him and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the outlines of a peace deal. It also raised new doubts about the chances of US Secretary of State John Kerry to bridge those gaps in coming weeks and come up with a framework for an agreement. [Times of Israel]
|Kerry and Abbas [Image Source]|
Not one to observe the finer points of conventional politics, he's reminding the State Department of just how close its strategy has brought all of us to the outbreak of peace.
In today's news, Abbas is quoted saying
- There will be no peace without the Palestinian Arab capital being situated in east Jerusalem
- He will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state
- He will not continue the more-or-less moribund negotiations beyond the US-set target date of the end of April.