John Kerry Has Made Things Worse in Gaza
David Ignatius: He caved to Hamas, ensuring it will be around for awhile
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2014 1:30 PM CDT
Secretary of State John Kerry talks to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on July 25 from his hotel suite in Cairo, Egypt.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – John Kerry is taking so much flak from Israelis for his latest peace-making efforts in Gaza that the White House made a point yesterday to declare that "Israel has no better friend, no stronger defender" than Kerry, reports the Hill. But at the Washington Post, columnist David Ignatius thinks Israelis, as well as moderate Palestinians, are justified in their criticism because Kerry "has made a significant mistake"—in his mission to get a cease-fire in place as quickly as possible, he gave too much ground to Hamas and thus "solidified" the Islamist group's role in Gaza for the near future.

"A wiser course, which Kerry rejected in his hunt for a quick diplomatic solution, would have been to negotiate the cease-fire through the Palestinian Authority, as part of its future role as the government of Gaza," writes Ignatius. Kerry's blunder came after Hamas rejected a cease-fire proposed by Egypt. In his desperation to stop the bombs, the secretary of state immediately turned to the group's "hard-line Islamist" backers, Qatar and Turkey. "Any deal that reinforces Hamas’s stranglehold—rather than building a path toward change of government, elections, and eventual disarmament—is misconceived," writes Ignatius. Kerry's diplomacy was meant to stop bloodshed; instead, "it all but guarantees it in the future." Click for his full column.

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specialk
Aug 11, 2014 10:05 PM CDT
John Kerry, pompous light-weight Kennedy wanna-be makes things worse where ever he goes at tax-payer expense. Why do we have to fly him around in a taxpayer-funded jet? Let him fly commercial coach. He accomplishes nothing, though this is in keeping with 8 years of Obama amateur hour.
Devo74
Aug 5, 2014 12:29 PM CDT
Where's JOE Biten in all of this crap going on.....
Devo74
Aug 5, 2014 12:18 PM CDT
The democrats are great in disturbing the bee's nest,,,,, Didn't Clinton do the same Durant his last 3 years, and left it up to the next president who got the blame of 911.... It seems like their setting ( WAR ) again for the next president................