Report: Kerry caused Fayyad's resignationsomething upon which they can agree.
About one thing, there’s no disagreement between Jerusalem and Ramallah: Kerry has a lot of good intentions and a real sense of mission; he truly wants to make peace in the Middle East. But despite his good intentions, Kerry so far looks like a naive and ham-handed diplomat who has been acting like a bull in the china shop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Or as former Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan once put it, he’s a good chap in the worst sense of the term.
Over the last two months, Kerry has managed to upset both sides and make both more suspicious of him by a series of misguided moves and statements. In early April, for instance, at the end of a visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah, he said that within a few weeks, he would launch a plan to rescue the Palestinian economy. But an Israeli source said the enthusiastic Kerry forgot one small thing − to coordinate the statement in advance with the Israelis and Palestinians.Ravid reports that Kerry's clumsy attempts to prevent the resignation of 'Palestinian Prime Minister' Salam Fayyad probably brought about Fayyad's resignation.
Senior Israeli and Palestinian officials both said that Kerry’s telephone calls to Fayyad and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he applied heavy pressure to prevent the resignation, did more harm than good.Kerry sounds like an older clone of President Hussein Obama. Kerry sees a fierce moral urgency to bringing about peace between Israel and the 'Palestinians' and believes for good measure that only he can bring it about.
The incidence of these phone calls leaked out, and Fayyad was painted as an American puppet. The furious prime minister then declared that he was determined to leave. “This was Kerry’s biggest mistake,” a senior Palestinian official said. “If he hadn’t intervened, Fayyad wouldn’t have resigned.”
Since taking office, Kerry has devoted many hours to the Israeli-Palestinian issue, perhaps more than to any other issue. A large portion of this time has been spent in one-on-one meetings and phone calls with Netanyahu and Abbas.
Kerry calls this “personal diplomacy.” He thinks that his main advantage over everyone else when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian issue is his long years of acquaintance with both leaders and the relations of trust he has built with them. He believes that this will enable him to bring about a breakthrough in the peace process. But it’s not clear on what Kerry bases this belief. After two months of such conversations, neither Netanyahu nor Abbas has yet displayed any flexibility.
A senior Israeli official who has met with Kerry several times said the secretary of state has a messianic enthusiasm for the Israeli-Palestinian issue and acts like someone who was sent to bring the redemption. A Western official familiar with Kerry’s activity agreed with this assessment.
“Sometimes there’s a feeling that Kerry thinks the only reason his predecessors in the job didn’t bring about a peace agreement is that they weren’t John Kerry,” he said.I didn't care much for Hillary Clinton either, but perhaps because she was very publicly betrayed by her philandering husband, she at least did not have the ego of Kerry or Obama.
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