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Monday, March 23, 2015

Netanyahu quotes Kerry, Obama goes ballistic

In April 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry told a Congressional hearing:
"Mr Kerry, the US secretary of state, told the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday that the 'window' for a two state solution was 'shutting'.
'I think we have some period of time, a year, a year-and-a-half, or two years and it's over,' he said."
I never quite thought of it in these terms, but Lev Tsitrin argues that almost precisely two years later, Binyamin Netanyahu made Kerry into a prophet. Except that Obama is, for some strange reason, unhappy about his Secretary of State being proven right.
But why "evaluate" "other options" regarding Mr. Netanyahu, who, after all, merely confirmed what Mr. Kerry stated two years prior? Shouldn't Mr. Obama rather "evaluate" Mr. Kerry? And for that matter, given that Mr. Kerry acted as a mouthpiece of the Obama administration when making his prophetic statement, shouldn't Mr. Obama "evaluate" Mr. Obama – giving himself a high mark for being right on what he said, and for embracing Mr. Netanyahu for so precisely confirming Mr. Obama's, and Mr. Kerry's, prediction? Shouldn't Netanyahu's statement be a moment of pride for Mr. Obama? Why isn't Mr. Obama happy?

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