Kerry wakes up, calls for Gaza disarmament
Something slapped John Kerry in the face
While American officials continue to fume at the Israeli media for
its harsh criticism of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to
reach a ceasefire last week, apparently it had some effect. During a
speech, Kerry says that “any process to resolve the crisis in Gaza… must
lead to the disarmament of Hamas.” In a ceasefire proposal Kerry had
submitted to Israel on Friday, no disarmament of Hamas was mentioned.
Israeli ministers had unanimously rejected the draft, arguing that it
undermined the Egyptian ceasefire proposal that Israel had previously
accepted and Hamas had rejected, and reflected the input of Turkey and
Qatar to the clear benefit of Hamas, sources told TOI earlier Monday.
The wording marked an upgrading of Hamas’s standing, to an entity on
an equivalent level with Israel, the sources said. And it provided
specific gains for Hamas while including only amorphous language
regarding Israel’s security needs, they said.
However, Kerry’s proposal did reflect “a position that both
demilitarization and the reconstruction of Gaza are important agenda
items that follow negotiations that follow a ceasefire,” a senior US
official insists Sunday night.
Labels: Gaza, Hamas, IDF, John Kerry, Operation Protective Edge