John Kerry: The Last Man Anyone Wants In The Middle East

Secretary of State John Kerry is prepared to return to the Middle East to mediate talks between Israel and Hamas.

“The United States remains prepared to facilitate a cessation of hostilities, including a return to the November 2012 ceasefire agreement,” a White House read out of the call stated.

The only problem is that neither side wants his help.

“The Israelis and the Palestinians are resisting Secretary of State John Kerry’s repeated offers to travel to the Middle East and try to help negotiate a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Experts on both sides believe he doesn’t have the credibility or ability to do any good if he shows up there,” writes Daily Beast reporter Josh Rogin.On Saturday, the 15-member United Nations Security Council expressed serious concern regarding the crisis and the protection and welfare of civilians on both sides.

“The Security Council members called for de-escalation of the situation, restoration of calm, and reinstitution of the November 2012 ceasefire,” Security Council President, Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana of Rwanda said, referring to the Egyptian-brokered agreement that ended eight days of violence in Gaza and Israel nearly two years ago.

In fact, Hamas spokesperson Moussa Abu Marzuk recently blamed the deaths of Gaza Arabs on Kerry.

“Kerry is responsible for the murder of Gaza’s children,” said Abu Marzouk. “[Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu talks to Kerry about the rockets we are firing, but he is really trying to divert attention from his crimes – the destruction of more than 60 homes with American missiles fired by Israel,” reports Arutz Sheva.

Authorities with the Palestinian Authority are proposing the notion of a ceasefire in conjunction with the convening of an international peace summit between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

The PA is concerned that a ceasefire deal that does not stipulate the renewal of the peace process will harm the chances of resuming negotiations in the future, The Times of Israel reports.

A panel of experts at the Washington Institute, a think tank specializing in Middle East affairs, offer their insights on the current crisis in Israel and Gaza.

 

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