Haaretz: Kerry’s proposal empowered Hamas
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Haaretz, bastion of the Israeli left, has published the harshest critique of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s ceasefire attempt yet seen in the mainstream Israeli press.
The paper’s diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid writes in a scathing tone about Kerry’s “embarrassing” performance and apparent dishonesty in the negotiations.
The draft Kerry passed to Israel on Friday shocked the cabinet ministers not only because it was the opposite of what Kerry told them less than 24 hours earlier, but mostly because it might as well have been penned by Khaled Meshal. It was everything Hamas could have hoped for.
The document recognized Hamas’ position in the Gaza Strip, promised the organization billions in donation funds and demanded no dismantling of rockets, tunnels or other heavy weaponry at Hamas’ disposal. The document…
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