John Kerry: Israel’s ‘Prosperity’ May Be Blocking Peace Process With Palestinians


john-kerryIs it possible that the many accomplishments and economic prosperity of Israel is preventing the peace process from moving ahead in the Middle East? That seems to be what America’s  Secretary of State thinks.

Before last week’s meetings with Israel’s leadership, Secretary Kerry made the following statement to reporters (via the official State Department transcript):

“I think there is an opportunity [for peace], but for many reasons it’s not on the tips of everyone’s tongue. People inIsrael aren’t waking up every day and wondering if tomorrow there will be peace because there is a sense of security and a sense of accomplishment and of prosperity.”

Kerry’s comments were delivered three days before his appearance at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East. Almost immediately after making that statement, responses were posted online. The Jewish Press opined:

So, Secretary Kerry thinks it would be better for Israel to approach negotiations from a position of precarious poverty? Does he think Israel’s quest for legitimacy and security in an unstable, over-armed and hostile region would be better received if Israel were a needy, insecure supplicant to Palestinian and Arab interests? Or that the Palestinians would have pity on an unnerved and anxious Israel struggling with a bankrupt, aid-dependent economy?

The day after meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas,Kerry again addressed the press and curiously made mention of the Palestinian’s “priority concern” that includes becoming a “prosperous state”:

Palestinians have a priority concern with respect to knowing that they can secure an independent, sovereign, and prosperous state with clear lines as defined previously by them and others along the 1967 lines with swaps and recognizing changes that have taken place on the ground, as President Obama stated in his vision in 2011.

Concerning Kerry’s statement that peace is not a priority for Israel because “there is a sense of security” in that country, many Israeli’s point to their country’s need to have an “Iron Dome” system to protect its people from the regular missile attacks. And then there is Iran’s nuclear program and President Ahmadinejad’s regular promises to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.

It’s easy to see that why people in Israel would be confused by Secretary of State Kerry’s statements. He appears to be saying that Palestinians need to be independent and prosperous, while Israel’s prosperity is seen as something that’s blocking the peace process.

For the record, Israel’s economy is strong. The unemployment rate for Israel sits around 6.5% — and has been lower than America’s unemployment rate for years.

One of the topics Israelis are quite proud of is the spirit of innovation among the people and companies in Israel.  By all accounts, the groundbreaking products developed in Israel make life better for many people all over the world.

Israel regularly posts “Created In Israel” videos showing some of the inventions and how these creations have become part of our lives, without us being aware of where they were birthed.

Do you agree with Secretary of State Kerry? Would a less prosperous Israel be helpful in making the Middle East peace process more likely?

We think not.

{The Blaze/ Newscenter}


  1. The Arab’s are the ones who are the most prosperous people in the world, thanks to the oil they have. Nobody complains about that and yet they do nothing to help their brothers. In fact it is the Israelis who put more money into the Palestinians than the Arabs themselves. Mr Kerry: Who should pity who?

  2. In a way he can be understood. There is no way to explain the utter hatred that the Arabs have for the Jews if you don’t share what’s important to them. They don’t have Kerry’s motivation. Money? no. A country? no. Security? no. And it’s not fashionable for Kerry to attribute their hatred to plain old Anti-Semitism so he has to come up with something outlandish as long as it fits with his way of thinking. Jealousy of what someone else worked hard for.

  3. His point is that any deal with the Palestinians would require sacrifices and risks for Israel. A nation is only motivated to make such sacrifices if they are under threat of worse consequences. That is what underlies the Arab strategy of terrorism and boycotts. B”H it is not working. All of the pain that the Arabs cause us is B”H not enough to make the necessary concessions worthwhile.

  4. “People in Israel aren’t waking up every day and wondering if tomorrow there will be peace” Yes Mr Kerry, but we do have to wake up and constantly read articles written by total *@%^*. What a ridicules comment from the United States Sec’y of State. What part of “Arabs do not want peace” don’t you understand. Their goal is to push the Jews out of Israel. All these photo shots with BIG Smiles are repulsive. Stop wasting American Taxpayers hard earn money and stay home. How many more times will you try. You heard of Einstein’s quote of the definition of “Stupidity”, it is when you try to do the thing over and over again and expect a different result.

  5. Of course it’s always the jews fault. If their to successful then it’s their fault, if their not successful then it’s also their fault. What ever we do is wrong.

  6. Hashem Yeracheim! Ultimately, this guy isn;t accomplashing anything, just like everyone before him who thought they can create a magical solution for peace. What is the hava ameena?

  7. This man as well as his boss happen to be 2 of

    the most unqualified individuals to hold the

    position which they are presently in.

    Bugs Bunny and Felix The Cat would handle the

    situation better.

  8. Let us not delude ourselves that Kerry and his State Department are just a bunch of clueless fools. They know exactly what they are doing, and they know exactly how their actions might affect the safety of the Jewish people. With “friends” like this who needs enemies.