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Thursday, February 21, 2013

He's not coming to Israel, but he will meet with Saeb

US Secretary of State John FN Kerry isn't coming to Israel next week, but he will be meeting with 'Palestinian' chief negotiator bottle washer Saeb Erekat at the State Department on Thursday.
Erekat is expected to meet Kerry at the State Department at about 3 P.M. Thursday, according to a spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization mission in Washington.
The State Department said in a statement earlier Wednesday that Erekat was expected to meet with U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace David Hale and that "other meetings may also be arranged." Asked about a possible meeting with Kerry, a department spokesperson sent POLITICO another copy of the same statement.
The State Department's daily official public schedule of meetings for Thursday, released Wednesday evening, did not list any events with Hale or Erekat. The only specific event on the public roster for Kerry is a 2:45 P.M. meeting with India's foreign minister.
The Obama Administration has been keeping an exceedingly low profile on the issue of Israeli-Palestinian peace despite—or perhaps because of—Obama's plans to visit Israel and the West Bank in about a month.
Kerry said nothing at all about the issue Wednesday in his first major speech as secretary. He departs Sunday on his first foreign trip as secretary. The journey will take him to several Middle Eastern capitals, but he has no plans to stop in Israel or to visit with Palestinian leaders. He is expected to join Obama on his trip to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan beginning March 20.
Kerry's Iranian masters want him to meet with Saeb, and so he will meet with Saeb. What could go wrong?

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