Can the U.S. Buy Moderation in the Middle East?

Israeli President Shimon Peres, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and PA President Mahmoud Abbas (Photo: Ashernet)

Israeli President Shimon Peres, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and PA President Mahmoud Abbas (Photo: Ashernet)

Barry Rubin demolishes U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s most recent peace plan – a $4 billion investment in the utterly nonexistent Palestinian tourism industry – by doing something too few Western experts ever really bother to do: looking at the reality on the ground. Because the reality is, a $4 billion investment will be a $4 billion waste.

Kerry has chosen the worst possible plan — investment in an industry that is incredibly sensitive to political unrest. Are Palestinians going to become hotel managers, waiters, lifeguards at swimming pools, and so on? What will Hamas think about the influx of massive numbers of Western tourists? The sale of alcohol? Western women coming in wearing whatever they want? What would happen to this investment if there was a single terrorist attack in the West Bank, much less one against tourists? Might events in nearby Egypt and Syria affect Western tourism.


Author: Stand For Israel | May 29, 2013


 

What do you think?

  • Jeanne
    June 2, 2013
    4:26 pm
     

    Kerry and the whole administration are idiots. If it was not so tragic it would be a comedy. Hopefully the next election will be better.

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  • Susan
    May 30, 2013
    4:24 pm
     

    Kerry is supposed to be working for us, the American people. We need to reign in the knuckleheads in D.C. Enough already! Contact your representatives in Congress.

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  • leo
    May 30, 2013
    10:12 am
     

    that moron is wanting to give 4 billion dollars to the palistinions when we have a million or so hungry and destitute in our own country.it is easy for the washington playboy to give our money away as he got his money from dumb gullible women who thought he was a great catch.i intend to call all my senators and congressmen to deny longjaw from stealing from our own people.

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  • Al
    May 30, 2013
    12:01 am
     

    This ridiculous waste of U.S. taxpaypers’ money is just another proxy for Obama’s Muslim-love and Israel-hate, thinly disguised as “aid to the Palestinians”.

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  • Scott
    May 29, 2013
    9:31 pm
     

    No.

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  • Ralston
    May 29, 2013
    9:10 pm
     

    Listen, John Kerry, is well known in this country for his wishy washy ways. He is a democrat and as such, is just as radical as the rest of them. He has been relatively quiet for the last couple of years, but he has not changed a bit. He is Barack Obama’s man, big smile, bigger lie, song and dance man for the administration and not really much of a politician. Just another one of the Washington rich cats, with the “Throw money at it” philosophy and make it go away.

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  • Pamela
    May 29, 2013
    7:35 pm
     

    Really????? I agree with you 110% Joe

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  • John
    May 29, 2013
    7:14 pm
     

    It is absurd to think that $4 billion is actually intended for Palestinian tourism.
    More likely, it’s a “good gesture,” in hopes
    of leveling the playing field, matching
    US aid to Israel.

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  • Donna
    May 29, 2013
    5:02 pm
     

    Once again, how stupid & wasteful & blind-beyond-blind, etc. etc. can Kerry be?? And what a disgusting waste of resources!! Truly astounding that he actually believes his own press. How far will he fall??

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  • JOE
    May 29, 2013
    4:27 pm
     

    Who in their right mind would want to vacation in a palestinian culture?

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  • Deborah
    May 29, 2013
    3:04 pm
     

    Amen, Richard! Unfortunately that is true and we are going to pay the price for turning our backs on Israel.

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  • JOE
    May 29, 2013
    2:50 pm
     

    odufus just replaced dumb with dumber as SOS. What do you expect from morons?

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  • richard
    May 29, 2013
    2:19 pm
     

    There is a saying in the U.S. beware of strangers bearing gifts! Israel do not trust this administration! Oboma is not to be trusted not when he gives money to the enemy! He & the Muslim are together.

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  • Ken
    May 29, 2013
    1:36 pm
     

    This makes sense. It also makes sense to me that Palestinians can’t demand concessions on settlements before agreeing to talks. They have to be part of the bargaining process, even if necessary.

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  • Robert
    May 29, 2013
    1:07 pm
     

    Yisrayle did not become a nation in 1948 as lied about. Yisrayle was a nation way before Pentecost and is still a nation allthough, Yisrayle is a peeled and scattered nation, scattered here and there.

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    • Frances
      May 29, 2013
      4:21 pm
       

      Robert, Are you saying that Israel was a nation before 1948? If you are saying that I do agree.
      The Bible is very clear on that.

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  • Scott
    May 29, 2013
    12:50 pm
     

    Kerry is an intellectual midget. He used to berate Bush on intelligence but had a lower GPA at Yale. Was front page news in 2005 Boston Globe.

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  • Mark
    May 29, 2013
    12:41 pm
     

    I think Kerry is a sell-out like his counterpart Obama. PA ideology does not compliment American values nor does it compliment Israel. Abbas is not an Ally of either Country.

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  • Dan
    May 29, 2013
    12:27 pm
     

    The “reality on the ground,” is that until the Palestinian Authority, and Hamas recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish State, and formally remove from ALL their documentation all mention of destroying Israel, no peace talks should continue. Rather than to simply offer the Palestinian money, Secretary Kerry must insist that the recognition of Jewish Israel, and the removal of all mention of destroying Israel are precondition to the money, and for all future peace talks. These are the “facts on the ground.”

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  • John
    May 29, 2013
    12:13 pm
     

    Once again it appears Kerry is looking to shine in the spotlight without thinking of what the meaning of the show is about. He’s always looked and played the part of an actor to steal the show.

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  • bob
    May 29, 2013
    12:10 pm
     

    u..s politicians and lawmakers cannot even run their own country let alone someone elses.why dont they start by removing the speck from their own eye and maybe they will be able to see clearly enough to help another.their problem is that god is not their director but hollywood cons and kooks are.god help and save us all from these educated idiots

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