I have learned two things from the official transcript of US Secretary of State John Kerry''s interview (of his fathership of a possible third intifada, I''ve dealt with here):
SECRETARY KERRY: ...Now, the Palestinian leadership made it absolutely clear they believe the settlements are illegal, they object to the settlements, and they are in no way condoning the settlements. But they knew that Israel would make some announcements. They knew it, but they don’t agree with it, and they don’t support it...We do not think you should be doing settlements. We, the United States, say the same thing. We do not believe the settlements are legitimate. We think they’re illegitimate...the United States policy has always been that the settlements are illegitimate, and we believe this process would be much easier if we didn’t have the tension that is created by settlements.
Well, if I previously, in 2009, had hoped that the use of the term "illegitimate" was meant to distinguish American policy from that of the Arabs in that the question of legal, or not, was to be avoided because we Jews could make a very good case that we a quite legal, this seems to have dissipated.
That is a disappointment. When the Mandate of Palestine included Judea, Samaria and Gaza as it geographical sum, the US Comgress supported the principle that there was to be "close settlement" by Jews in that territory. There is a treaty to which the US is a signatory which confirms that.
And from this excerpt:
...Let me ask you something: How – if you say you’re working for peace and you want peace and a Palestine that is a whole Palestinian that belongs to the people who live there, how can you say we’re planning to build in the place that will eventually be Palestine? So it sends a message that somehow perhaps you’re not really serious. Now, we understand the pressures that exist, and we understand that within the government there are people who have a different view. So until you arrive at a peace agreement, that issue will not be settled. If you arrive at a peace agreement, everybody will understand where Israel is and everybody will understand where Palestine is.
my interpretation and undrrstanding is that Kerry supports apartheid.
If we Jews can''t construct communities in what the international community agreed was, at the very least, the historic Jewish homeland, even if Mr. Kerry thinks that area should not be under Israel sovereignty, and that our homes, schools, factories, planted fields and orchards must be dismantled, then the sole result is that Jews can''t live in a "Palestine that belongs to the people who live there". "Palestine" is to be Arab, Arab only.
That is apartheid. It is segregation. It is racist.
But, Mr. Secretary, can then Israel be only Jewish? Can we ask our Arabs to dismantle and move to "Palestine"?