Mia moglie riceve quotidianamente, e quotidianamente mi forwarda, un’utile rassegna stampa dell’Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.
Da quando la riceviamo (cioe’ da quando siamo arrivati) il grande tema e’ il tentativo di Kerry di trovare un accordo sul framework nel quale poi tentare di trovare un accordo sulla questione . La deadline che le parti si sono prefissate e’ la fine di aprile. Da inizio dicembre ho l’impressione che si sia passati da un moderato ottimismo a un aperto mandarsi a fanculo delle due parti. Ci siamo detti alcune volte “mah, magari e’ tutto un tatticismo e in realta’ stanno convergendo sulle cose fondamentali”. Pero’ se si chiede all’uomo della strada palestinese, ti dira’ che tutti i processi di pace finiscono in merda perche’: 1) ai leader israeliani i processi di pace servono solo a prendere tempo, mostrando buona volonta’, per ridurre i boicottaggi e le pressioni diplomatiche (e far “comportare bene” l’altra parte, se no gli si dara’ tutta la colpa del fallimento dei colloqui), 2) ai leader palestinesi lo status quo conviene molto piu’ di quanto un ingenuo straniero potrebbe immaginare (non sono loro a soffrire le conseguenze pratiche di un’occupazione militare , inoltre un’occupazione militare ti da’ un utile nemico esterno che focalizza il dissenso verso di lui, inoltre gli aiuti stranieri arrivano piu’ facilmente e con meno domande, ecc. ecc.)
Nelle ultime settimane il bollettino dei colloqui di pace e’ stato particolarmente deprimente. Da qualche giorno pero’ mi sembra che ci sia stata una virata verso il surreale.
Le minacce sovrannaturali dei rabbini:
Rabbis to Kerry – Cease mediation or face divine retribution: A group of rabbis warned U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to cease his pursuit of the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians or face divine retribution in a letter sent by them Sunday. The group, calling itself “The Committee to Save the Land and People of Israel,” wrote that Kerry’s “incessant efforts to expropriate integral parts of our Holy Land and hand them over to Abbas’s terrorist gang, amount to a declaration of war against the Creator and Ruler of the universe!” The group claimed that the plan, by placing them in the line of missile fire, would imperil six million Jews, adding in brackets “remember that number from somewhere?” The letter went on to warn that if Kerry went through with his plans he would win himself “everlasting disgrace in Jewish history for bringing calamity upon the Jewish people,” joining the likes of Neo-Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II and Roman emperor Titus. The rabbis warned Kerry that like these monarchs and Haman, the villain of the Book of Esther, he will suffer divine retribution for his affront to God’s chosen people. The letter ends with a quote from Isaiah 9:5 “Conspire a plan and it will be frustrated; talk the talk and it will not be fulfilled, for God is with us.” (Haaretz)
Kerry da’ un paterno avvertimento ai leader israeliani e si becca accuse di essere minaccioso e antisemita:
While the US secretary of state’s remarks were made against a backdrop of new EU regulations barring deals with Israeli businesses based in West Bank settlements, they provoked accusations that he was threatening Israel in on-going peace talks with the Palestinians.
Yuval Steinitz, the intelligence and strategic affairs minister and a close ally of Mr Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said America’s top diplomat was “holding a gun to [Israel’s] head”.
“The things Kerry said are hurtful, they are unfair and they are intolerable,” Mr Steinitz told reporters.
“Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with a gun to its head when we are discussing the matters which are most critical to our national interests.”
Naftali Bennett, the industry minister and leader of the far-Right Jewish Home party, said: “We expect of our friends in the world to stand by our side against the attempts to impose an anti-Semitic boycott on Israel, and not to be their mouthpiece.”
His comments were echoed by Adi Mintz, a senior official in the Settler’s Council, who accused Mr Kerry of “an anti-Semitic initiative”.
“The anti-Semites have always resorted to a very simple method – hit the Jews in their pockets,” he told Israel’s Channel 10 TV station.
Al che, Kerry da’ una risposta che se io fossi palestinese mi lascerebbe un po’ cosi’:
Kerry rebuffs criticism over ‘boycott’ comment; State Dept. urges Israel not to distort his words: Israeli politicians’ sharp criticism of US Secretary of State John Kerry led to the State Department issuing an unusual statement Sunday imploring Kerry’s critics not to distort his words. “Secretary Kerry has a proud record of over three decades of steadfast support for Israel’s security and well-being, including staunch opposition to boycotts,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki wrote. She added that while Kerry always expected opposition and difficult moments in the negotiations, “he also expects all parties to accurately portray his record and statements.” The State Department comment came following a barrage of criticism aimed at Kerry for mentioning “talk of boycotts” Saturday at the Munich Security Conference while discussing possible scenarios if the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations break down. The State Department said that Kerry spoke at the Munich conference “forcefully in defense of Israel’s interests, as he consistently has throughout his public life.” According to the statement, Kerry responded to a question about the peace process by describing “some well-known and previously stated facts about what is at stake for both sides if this process fails, including the consequences for the Palestinians. His only reference to a boycott was a description of actions undertaken by others that he has always opposed.” (The Jerusalem Post)
Poi Kerry da’ un paterno avvertimento ai leader palestinesi e si becca accuse di essere minaccioso e assassino:
Fatah wants Kerry prosecuted before ICC for ‘threatening’ Abbas: US Secretary of State John Kerry recently threatened PA President Mahmoud Abbas that he would meet the same fate as his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, if he turned down Washington’s proposals for peace with Israel, a Palestinian source was quoted Sunday as saying. The source told the website Rai al-Youm that Abbas angrily stormed out of a four-hour meeting with Kerry in Ramallah after the latter exerted pressure on him to accept the proposals. The source claimed that Kerry told Abbas his fate would not be “less than that of Yasser Arafat.” Jamal Muhaissen, a senior Fatah official in the West Bank, said that if the report is true, “this shows that Israel assassinated Yasser Arafat after receiving a green light from the US administration.” Muhaissen said that Kerry’s threat comes in wake of his failure to impose a settlement on Israel that is “consistent with international law.” Kerry should not hold the Palestinians responsible for his failure with the Israelis, the Fatah official added. “If true, Kerry’s threat paves the way for bringing him before the International Criminal Court for threatening the life of an elected Palestinian president,” Muhaissen said. (The Jerusalem Post)
Secondo me Kerry non voleva esattamente dire che l’avrebbero ammazzato come Arafat, pero’ non saprei dire se questa reazione (come d’altronde quelle sopra) sia piu’ dettata da paranoia o da malafede.
Mi immagino Kerry che ogni giorno inizia il mattino leggendo la rassegna stampa che gli porge il fidato segretario, poi gira la sedia verso una finestra, chiude gli occhi e rimane immoto per alcuni minuti, con l’aria di chi si e’ veramente (ma veramente) cacato il cazzo.
 Sempre in tema di surrealismo: un grande ostacolo al progresso dei colloqui di pace e’ se il framework della discussione debba comprendere lo status di Gerusalemme. I palestinesi vorrebbero almeno qualche quartierino di Gerusalemme Est, e chiamarlo capitale, e gli israeliani non ne vogliono nemmeno sentire parlare. Ma ecco il colpo di genio:
Netanyahu rejects inclusion of Jerusalem in Kerry’s framework deal: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told Likud cabinet ministers and other Israeli officials that he would not accept any reference to Jerusalem in the framework agreement being drafted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, senior Israeli officials told Haaretz. One senior official said Netanyahu stressed that he would not agree to a document that mentions, even in a general way, the establishment of a Palestinian capital anywhere in Jerusalem. Netanyahu made it clear he would insist on this, even at the cost of the failure of the talks on the framework agreement. An Israeli official said the Americans have considered referring to a Palestinian capital in “greater Jerusalem,” which would allow the Palestinians to say it meant East Jerusalem, while the Israelis could say it referred to Abu Dis and al-Azariya. (Haaretz)
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