Secretary of State John Kerry appears feckless in the Israel and Hamas ceasefire negotiations because he is unabashedly negotiating with terrorists via proxy. Some Gaza citizens want peace and jobs, while some are aligned with 25,000 Hamas terrorists. Turkey, Egypt and Qatar, for instance, are aligned with Hamas too. If American “allies,” Turkey, Egypt, and Qatar must first shift their position to representing the interest of Gaza citizens and abandon the connection with Hamas altogether. Israel isn’t likely to buy any ceasefire agreement until all parties acknowledge that Hamas is a terrorist group and should be dismantled.
Kerry’s initiatives are wrong headed right out of the shoot. His initial work, and that of his deputies should be to educate allies that it is essential to shift the focus from Hamas to Gaza citizens via different representation.
Secondly, Israel isn’t going to stop its military initiative until it has dismantled Hamas and rendered them incapable. Watch the body count. 800+ Palestinian deaths is far short of the thousands that may be necessary to dent Hamas. This initiative has barely begun. That is why Kerry’s efforts appear lacking and irresponsible.
Israel’s opposition don’t want a ceasefire either because they want to have complete freedom without Israelis constraint. That can’t happen with Hamas in charge.
In the link below from The Electronic Intifada, they refer to the Gaza deaths as genocide. There is no intention by the Israelis to commit genocide. Civilian deaths happen when Hamas hide their missiles in schools and hospitals. True is that Gaza civilians have been greatly constrained for 7 years. Truth is that the constraints would be lifted when the citizens of Gaza elect representatives who are willing to cooperate with Israel and to act as partners and neighbors for mutual peace and cooperation. That door is wide open. The door is shut to Hamas.
“No ceasefire without justice for Gaza
The Electronic Intifada
22 July 2014
As academics, public figures and activists witnessing the intended genocide of 1.8 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, we call for a ceasefire with Israel only if conditioned on an end to the blockade and the restoration of basic freedoms that have been denied to the people for more than seven years.
Our foremost concerns are not only the health and safety of the people in our communities, but also the quality of their lives – their ability to live free of fear of imprisonment without due process, to support their families through gainful employment, and to travel to visit their relatives and further their education.
These are fundamental human aspirations that have been severely limited for the Palestinian people for more than 47 years, but that have been particularly deprived from residents of Gaza since 2007. We have been pushed beyond the limits of what a normal person can be expected to endure.”
“Kerry works toward cease-fire as deadly clashes escalate in Gaza
Published July 25, 2014
Bloody clashes continued between Israel and Islamic militants in Gaza Friday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tried to hammer out a cease-fire deal to end the deadly violence.
Kerry met twice Friday in Cairo with United Nation chief Ban Ki-Moon and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri to negotiate an agreement for at least a week-long halt of the fighting between Israel and Hamas in the nearly three-week war.
Two diplomats close to the negotiations said a deal had not yet been reached but spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be named.
“Secretary Kerry has been on the phone all morning, and he will remain in close touch with leaders in the region over the course of the morning as he continues work on achieving a ceasefire,” a senior U.S. State Department official in Cairo told Reuters.”