Luke: Oh my God! No please no. You can’t send me to Israel, think about my career!
Prime Minister Hacker: Don’t be absurd. It’s an honor, Promotion!
Luke: But you’ll upset the Israelis They won’t want me they know I’m on the Arab’s side.
Prime Minister Hacker: I thought you were on our side?

Yes Prime Minister: A Victory for Democracy 1986

I’m old enough to remember when people scoffed when it was said that the Democrats didn’t care about Israel.

While the White House confirms that since the “Jerusalem Declaration” there has been a complete disconnect between the Palestinian Authority and the Trump administration, it turns out that the previous administration actually maintains contact with PA officials. Ma’ariv reported that former US Secretary of State John Kerry met in London with a close associate of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Hussein Agha, for a long and open conversation about a variety of topics. Agha apparently reported details of the conversation to senior PA officials in Ramallah. A senior PA official confirmed to Ma’ariv that the meeting took place.

During the conversation, according to the report, Kerry asked Agha to convey a message to Abbas and ask him to “hold on and be strong.” Tell him, he told Agha, “that he should stay strong in his spirit and play for time, that he will not break and will not yield to President Trump’s demands.” According to Kerry, Trump will not remain in office for a long time. It was reported that within a year there was a good chance that Trump would not be in the White House.

Can you imagine the outcry if Condi Rice met with the Israeli’s telling them not to make a deal just after Joe Biden met with the Palestinian authority?

According to the report, referring to the president, Kerry used derogatory terms and even worse. Kerry offered to help create an alternative peace initiative and promised to help garner international support, among others, of Europeans, Arab states and the international community. Kerry hinted that many in the American establishment, as well as in American intelligence, are dissatisfied with Trump’s performance and the way he leads America. He surprised his interlocutor by saying he was seriously considering running for president in 2020. When asked about his advanced age, he said he was not much older than Trump and would not have an age problem.

I’m old enough to remember when such acts by a previous administration to undermine the current one were considered unthinkable and would be universally condemned.  I suspect however that our current media will at best ignore this story or at worst celebrate it.

Via Elder of Ziyon who says:

John Kerry is acting to undermine his president and US national interests, apparently in a delusional effort set himself up for another presidential run. He is giving support for Abbas’ intransigence.

Kerry actually believes that he is the messiah who can bring peace, and he is willing to undercut his own country’s diplomatic efforts to do so.

This is even though his efforts in the past showed that Abbas is the one who is not interested in peace. Kerry knows this as well as anyone. Yet now we know that Kerry is actually encouraging Abbas to be intransigent, to act against the wishes of not only the US but much of the Arab world, and to continue to hold his own people hostage in order to avoid negotiations and compromises for peace.

It’s long past pretending that the Obama administration was on Israel’s side, I’m wondering if it’s Is it OK to stop pretending that they were on our side. I’ll give the last word to the folks at Israellycool

No word yet on whether Kerry also instructed Abbas to tone down on the antisemitism. Because he didn’t.