The leading question that has been plaguing more and more people these days. Secretary of State John Kerry has now been on his 10th trip to Israel in the hopes of brokering peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority situated in Judea and Samaria. This trip has also taken the Secretary to places like Jordan and Saudi Arabia to meet with their officials. All of this in the hopes of brokering a lasting peace. The question is though, can Israel trust this plan and will it keep the Jewish nation safe?
The first question that must be addressed is who specifically would Israel be making peace with. Sadly, the people known as Palestinians are divided, with one group being the Palestinian Authority and the other being Hamas in Gaza. The problem with this is that even if Abbas agrees to the plan there is little guarantee that Hamas will abide by it, or that it even has to listen to it. Time and time again Hamas states that they will not make peace with the Jewish state. There is no plan imaginable that Hamas will agree to unless the entire Jewish state is to be lifted up and teleported somewhere else.
Kerry has had meetings all over the place and he is quite confident. But months later he still hasn’t actually showed concrete plans for what this peace entails. At this point his peace plan could have anything in it and we would never know. This begs the question of why not explain right off what the plan is? It could mean he’s holding his cards to his vest in an attempt to not reveal anything and continue quiet planning.
One thing Israel has pushed for is their continued presence in the Jordan Valley, something that the Palestinians hate with all their might, but Jordan actually kind of likes. Everyone is talking about establishing a Palestinian state on the 1967, pre-six-day-war, borders. However no Palestinian state existed during that time in that area. But whom does Jordan want as a neighbor? Another excellent question that perhaps Secretary Kerry hasn’t yet thought about. The answer being Israel.
The Jordanians, in fact, are not particularly fond of the Palestinian people. Granted they were not always overly fond of Jews and the Jewish state, but they seem to like us significantly more than the Palestinians. They do not want them as neighbors. They abhor the idea. This isn’t even news since the Jordanians have never kept this a secret.
Despite all of this the question still remains. What is Kerry planning? An article published in Al Gazeera stated that on his 10th visit to Israel, Kerry stated that both groups would have to make “tough choices” for peace. What does that mean? At this point, as stated above, it could mean anything. Kerry, at the very least promised a fair and balanced plan for both sides. Because as we all know politicians can totally be trusted.
Sacrifices will be made, but at what cost? Israel has already made a lot of compromises for the promise of peace, which did not pan out. Careful research as proven to have failed because as I perused through article after article, I could not find anything that concretely iterated Kerry’s plan for Israel.
His past comments about how Israel’s resistance to peace plans supposedly fuels extremism around the world is a great indicator of exactly what he thinks. Mid December Jpost published an article titled Our World: Kerry Forces Israel’s Moment of Decision. It illustrated the desire of Kerry to accomplish a deal, by any means necessary. Resorting to bullying is a shameful way to accomplish peace. They speculated, based on knowledge of Kerry and his remarks, as to what his plan would be.
Thus answer to the initial question posed would be no. No we cannot trust Kerry’s plan! The reason is simple. There is nothing new about the plan, or what we think we know from it right now. The same old plans no longer work, not that they ever worked.
A peace agreement for the sake of a peace agreement cannot work. A peace agreement so that you can say you made a peace agreement does not work. Of course, now we are left to wonder if a coherent peace will ever be possible.