John Kerry touches down in Israel…and he has a ‘plan for peace.’
05 December 2013
By Gabsy Debinski
US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited Israel numerous times since commencing his term in February this year. His current touchdown in Israel, however, is the most significant and loaded. Indeed, it signifies that Israel is very much at a crucial crossroads, the full magnitude of which perhaps we will only be able to appreciate retrospectively, in years to come.
Firstly, it is Secretary Kerry’s first visit to Israel since the US driven P5+1 deal was struck with Iran; a nuclear plan that was vehemently opposed by Israel and put a huge strain on the wobbly US-Israel alliance.
But more pertinent than this even is that Secretary Kerry is expected to bring with him a US plan for security arrangements in the West Bank. In the setting of the resumption of peace-negotiations (which is about four and a half months into the allotted ninth month timeframe) this is unprecedented. It is the first time in years that the Americans have formulated a peace proposal on home soil, with no involvement from Israel or the Palestinians and said “here, take it.” Continue reading