For those who suspect that the Middle East peace process has become a diplomatic drama, playing on an endless loop, Secretary of State John Kerry’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday could serve as Exhibit A.
Explaining to the senators why his latest efforts to bring together the Israelis and the Palestinians had almost broken down last week, Mr. Kerry could have been channeling Secretary of State James A. Baker III when he explained a similar impasse to House members 24 years ago.
While Mr. Kerry said both sides bore responsibility for “unhelpful” actions, the precipitating event, he said, was Israel’s announcement of 700 new housing units for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem. That came three days after a deadline passed for Israel to release Palestinian prisoners, and it undercut an emerging deal to extend the negotiations.
“Poof, that was sort of the moment,” Mr. Kerry said. “We find ourselves where we are.”THAT OBAMA AND KERRY BLAME ISRAEL SHOULD SURPSIE NOBODY.
LIKE HAGEL - OBAMA'S SEC DEF - AND POWER, HIS UN AMBASSADOR, OBAMA AND KERRY HAVE BEEN ANTI-ISRAEL FOR DECADES.
MOST OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS OPPOSE ISRAEL AND POLLS SHOW GOP VOTERS SUPPORT ISRAEL MUCH MORE THAN DEMOCRAT VOTERS. GALLUP:
Americans' Sympathies for Israel Match All-Time High
Republicans, conservatives, older Americans most likely to voice sympathy for Israel
PRINCETON, NJ -- As President Barack Obama prepares to visit Israel, the Palestinian West Bank, and Jordan next week -- his first trip to the region as president -- Americans' sympathies lean heavily toward the Israelis over the Palestinians, 64% vs. 12%. Americans' partiality for Israel has consistently exceeded 60% since 2010; however, today's 64% ties the highest Gallup has recorded in a quarter century, last seen in 1991 during the Gulf War. At that time, slightly fewer than today, 7%, sympathized more with the Palestinians.The new data are from Gallup's 2013 World Affairs poll, conducted Feb. 7-10.
One of the more notable aspects of the trend is the steady increase in relative support for Israel over the past decade, at the same time that the percentage with no opinion or favoring neither side has declined. Preference for the Palestinians has been relatively flat, generally in the mid- to high teens, before this year.
Republicans Remain Most Staunch in Support for Israel
Consistent with prior years, Republicans are substantially more likely than Democrats to favor the Israelis, 78% vs. 55%, with the preferences of independents -- currently 63% -- more closely matching those of Democrats.JEWS WHO CONTINUE TO VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS ARE JUDENRATE.