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Kerry's Strategy: Wrong in 2015, 2016, Will Be Wrong Again

Kerry's Strategy: Wrong in 2015, 2016, Will Be Wrong Again

The Democratic National Convention. Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the virtual convention on August 18, 2020.  (DNCC/Handout/Screenshot via Getty Images) 

Bryan E. Leib By Wednesday, 20 January 2021 09:19 AM Current | Bio | Archive

In 2015, then-Secretary of State John Kerry signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on behalf of the United States of America.

In 2016, the Brookings Institute hosted the 13th Annual Saban Forum, titled ''Challenges for the Trump Administration in the Middle East.''

One of its headliners was the former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. During the forum, Kerry was interviewed by Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic magazine.

During the interview with Goldberg, Kerry stated:

''There will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world. I want to make that very clear to all of you. I've heard several prominent politicians in Israel sometimes saying, 'Well, the Arab world is in a different place now. We just have to reach out to them. We can work some things with the Arab world and we'll deal with the Palestinians.' No. No, no, and no."

He continued, "I can tell you that reaffirmed within the last week because I've talked to leaders of the Arab community, there will be no advanced and separate peace with the Arab world without the Palestinian process and Palestinian peace. Everybody needs to understand that.''

Kerry was wrong in 2015 to sign the deal in the first place.

He was wrong in 2016 to throw down his gauntlet to Israel/the Arab world and he will be wrong again.

He was wrong in 2016 because when he states he's talked with the ''Arab community,'' what he really means to say is he's spoken to the Iranian Regime.

He didn't take the outside of the box approach that President Donald Trump and senior adviser Jared Kushner took to bringing peace to the Mideast.

Trump and Kushner knew that Israel has long enjoyed unofficial relations with countries such as the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and many more. Through the Abraham Accords, Trump provided the 'runway' needed for Israelis and Arabs to "tak-off" — out of the darkness and into the light for the world so see.

In less than three months, the Abraham Accords have resulted in: hundreds of business deals between Jews and Arabs, Arab countries uprooting anti-Israel language in their textbooks. 

In addition, Bahrain and now Morocco have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) with the United States adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism which, among other things, states that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. Huge. 

Trump, Kushner and Co. have achieved meaningful and lasting peace between Israelis and Arabs — without any wars or bloodshed.

What did Kerry achieve by signing the JCPOA in 2015 other than enriching the Iranian Regime by unfreezing billions of their funds and giving them a pathway to a nuclear bomb?

The billions of funds that were unfrozen were supposed to help modernize Iran and help the Iranian people. What happened to those funds?   

Kerry is a career politician who operates inside a defined box with deeply embedded friendships with the Iranian Regime.

Kerry never thought to approach the Gulf States of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates like Trump did. He was too busy doing the bidding of his pal, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Even after leaving office, Kerry continued to engage in shadow diplomacy by meeting with Zarif on multiple occasions to undermine the Trump administration. Simply unacceptable.

Some would call this treason. I tend to agree.

The question must be asked.

Why does Kerry continue to align with an Iranian Regime that: hangs gay men in city squares by industrial size cranes, executes high profile Iranians who speak out against the regime, suppresses uprisings in Tehran with live fire into the crowd and spends billions of dollars a year financing their proxy wars all over the Mideast and Africa?

While we might never know the answer as to why Kerry is such a lapdog of the Iranian Regime, we know this: He was wrong in 2015, again in 2016 and he will be wrong for a third time if he doubles down on the same failed strategy.

The Iranian Regime is not an ally of the American people. Their leaders chant: ''Death of America'' and ''Death to Satan'' on a weekly basis.

We must not treat the regime as our ally.

We must treat the regime as an adversary.

I'm hopeful the day will come when the Iranian people achieve freedom by overthrowing the Iranian Regime. I predict that if that day comes, Kerry will be standing with the Iranian Regime and Israel, UAE, Bahrain, etc., will be standing with the Iranian people.

In closing, I strongly implore Kerry to recuse himself from having any role in the Biden administration toward developing policy with the Iranian Regime. Kerry cannot be trusted and Biden must do the right thing by rejecting him and building on President Trump's success.

But let's be honest, Biden won't do the right thing because he, too, is complicit and has already assembled the old ''Obama'' gang that was responsible for creating the JCPOA.

As the Iranian Regime continues to assert itself in recent weeks through hostile actions, rest assured that Israel will never let the Iranian Regime achieve its goals of world domination.

Israel, with the help of the Gulf states, will be there to save us all from the world's number one sponsor of terrorism as Kerry finds ways to shovel more money to the Iranian Regime.

Biden and Kerry continue to put their faith in the failed Iranian Regime instead of the Iranian people and allies in the region.

This is pure insanity.

It must stop now.

Bryan E. Leib is currently serving as Chairman of HaShevet, a Jewish and Israel advocacy group. Formerly, he served as the National Director for Americans Against Antisemitism and he was the 2018 Republican Endorsed Congressional Candidate for PA-03 (Philadelphia, PA). He has served as a Board Member for organizations such as: United Way, National Museum of American Jewish History, Jewish National Fund, the Philadelphia Young Republicans and the Camden Youth Soccer Club. He tweets at @Bryan_E_Leib. Read Bryan E. Leib's Reports — More Here.

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He didn't take the outside of the box approach that President Donald Trump and senior adviser Jared Kushner took to bringing peace to the Mideast.
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Wednesday, 20 January 2021 09:19 AM
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