Who is in denial? Is it Benjamin Netanyahu or Israel’s Minister of Justice, Tzipi Livni, or US Secretary of State, John Kerry? Livni and Kerry are again pushing for a renewal of Israeli-Palestinian talks. What is it about terrorists that Livni and John Kerry do not understand? One way to decide if people are honest brokers is that they say what they mean and mean what they say. Terrorists not only talk their talk, they walk their walk. Therefore, they are honest brokers.

We can believe terrorists, especially the likes of Hamas. Article Eight of the charter of the Hamas reads, “Allah is its goal, the Prophet its model, the Qur’an its Constitution, Jihad its path and death for the cause of Allah its most sublime belief.” Article thirteen of the Hamas charter should make Livni’s hair stand on end because it openly addresses peace talks. “Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance movement (Hamas)…There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through jihad.” This should be a “clue” in the mind of any thinking person, much less a governmental official. Where is her allegiance when Tzipi Livni suggests Israel should follow John Kerry down the path of yet more peace talks?

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Hamas has been at war with Israel ever since taking power in the Gaza Strip following Israel’s leaving Gaza in 2005. How on earth could any reasonable thinker even suggest that a democratic state such as Israel, a state which holds human life and western values dear, possibly negotiate any kind of peace deal with a vicious and extreme terrorist organization which identifies with other dangerous and radical Islamic groups such as ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood? Hamas does not want peace of any kind with Israel. Hamas does not recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people. Throughout the long and detailed Hamas Charter, there are numerous Islamic sources straight from the Koran that extol the virtues of death and suffering. And people are still question why Hamas terrorists use women and children as shields for their bombs?

While Tzipi Livni spoke recently on an Israel Radio broadcast in promotion of Israel engaging, yet again, in negotiations with so-called moderates among the Palestinians, Netanyahu was busy calling for US-Israeli cooperation in facing radical Islam. Netanyahu was rightly focused on a need for an effort by the civilized countries of the world to address threats of terrorist organizations. Specifically he focused on Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaida, and of al-Nusra, the terror group that kidnapped UN observers on the Golan Heights area of the Syrian border. He rightly called for US-Israeli cooperation in facing radical Islam.

Favoring peace efforts, Livni talked of the need for the “minimum of a [diplomatic] process--negotiations with the moderate elements in the Palestinian Authority. She indicated that presenting a “solution should not only be to move money from social welfare to the defense budget, but in the long term to initiate something, and to initiate correctly against terrorism, and with the moderates.”

While Kerry and Livni talk of peace with radicals who have a “convert or die” attitude and who are clearly focused on erasing Christians and Jews from off the face of the earth so they can make their world caliphate a reality, Netanyahu was laser-focused on calling the United Nations out! Netanyahu clearly stated that the UN is doing itself no favors by protecting radical Islam. Instead, he offered that the UN would do itself a great favor by paying attention to the fact that terrorists are openly trampling upon the values and norms that the UN was founded upon. Why doesn’t the UN notice that terrorists violate all norms of international behavior in Syria, Lebanon and in Gaza? Terrorists are terrorists, “cut from the same cloth,” as Netanyahu stated. Netanyahu recommended the UN should stop blaming Israel and start focusing their investigative committees towards terrorists! I agree as should everyone who values freedom and democracy. Wouldn’t you?

With his head still in the clouds dreaming about peace talks with terrorists, Kerry actually telephoned Netanyahu about restarting the talks, and suggested another Israeli goodwill measure. Yes, Israel could release more Palestinian prisoners, the ones that couldn’t be released in April because negotiations had broken down. Thankfully Netanyahu said, “No!”

And Livni? She’s saying a solution is to not only move Israel’s money away from social welfare to the defense fund, but there should be a diplomatic process, i.e., negotiations with moderate elements of the Palestinian Authority! Yes, let’s initiate correctly against terror; negotiate with terrorist moderates! Their charter states: “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through jihad. “ Therefore, initiatives, proposals and international conferences are a waste of time and vain endeavors. So where, exactly, is Livni’s allegiance; with Israel or with the Obama Administration?
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