Dear John

Dear John

You are someone who holds a vitally important position for your country – the most powerful in the world. You travel our planet in order to resolve conflicts, negotiate peace and bring greater understanding between the peoples of the world.  It is an important position that requires strength of character, courage, wisdom and knowledge of the world and its peoples – so why is it that you seem to lack all of this?

You see today, I read that you called for the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.  You said that the talks were vital in the fight against extremism.  Now, I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and pretend that you were negotiating a peace treaty between two obscure tribes in some faraway land which no-one has heard of or cares about and you were therefore without communication for a while.  Unfortunately, based on what you said today and on many an occasion before that, I’m assuming you’ve been out of touch for some years!

What you fail to understand is that Mahmoud Abbas is head of a unity government whose very members epitomise extremism.  They call for the destruction of Israel and the death of all Jews.  Mahmoud Abbas himself has called Israel a genocidal state – and…you’re okay with that?  Your vision of an Israeli-Palestinian peace process is not about fighting extremism – it’s about rewarding it!

You say that we need to find a way to “create two states that can live together side by side… with both their aspirations being respected”.  Once again, let’s look at the aspirations of the two sides.  Israel has shown that they are committed to making painful sacrifices.  They have released the murderers of their children.  They have evacuated people from their homes and pulled out of Gaza in order to give the Palestinians the self-determination they claim to seek.    They have jeopardized their own soldiers’ lives at times, in order to safeguard the civilians of their enemy’s territory. They have offered peace deals to the Palestinians again… and again… and again, only to be rejected each and every time.  Since the dawn of the creation of the State of Israel, the Jews’ aspirations have remained unchanged:  to live in peace and security in their own land.  Meanwhile, the aspirations of the other side has also remained unchanged: to murder the Jews, wherever they find them.  But don’t just take my word for it – why don’t you take their own one, since it’s clearly stated in their charter.

I’m sorry to disappoint you on this one John, but despite your pleas, the aspirations of those who want to hurt me, will most definitely not be respected by me.

You also claim that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is fuelling recruitment for the Islamic State as it’s the “cause… of street anger and agitation”.  So once again, despite all the bloodshed going on in the Middle East – events that have nothing to do with Israel – you are going to somehow drag Israel into it and make it the central scapegoat for all the troubles in the world.  How dishonest and deceitful of you to even suggest that – you, who claims to be a ‘friend’ of Israel.  Well, I’m certainly feeling the agitation right now.

Let me tell you something, John Kerry, truthfully I don’t really know with any degree of certainty what the way forward is, but I know most definitely what the way forward isn’t – and that’s your way.  At the moment Israel has no peace partner, and trying to strongarm it into forcing a deal with a group whose goal it is to destroy this country – is a mark of shame on your morality.

It is ironic that you spoke during a reception at the State Department celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which is also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice,” because somehow you believe that it’s the Jewish State that is the one that should be sacrificed.

About the Author
Justin Amler is a South African born, Melbourne based writer who has lived in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.