Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Apparently Secretary Kerry has left Israel with nada -- he's got nothing.

Kerry leaves region empty-handed

For starters, the Palestinians can't bring themselves to recognize Israel for what it is -- a Jewish state.

We are now learning that back on December 8, Abbas sent Obama a letter detailing the following:

“In that letter, the president made clear what he would not be able to accept as a Palestinian, as a people, as the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization). Firstly, we will not be able to accept Israel as a Jewish state,” Abbas wrote, according to Erekat.

“Secondly, we will not be able to accept a Palestinian state with 1967 borders without Jerusalem. Thirdly, we will not be able to accept any Israeli on Palestinian land, sea, air and border crossings following the completion of the gradual withdrawal.”

A fourth precondition reportedly set by Abbas was the instatement of the so-called “right of return” for potentially millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to Israel.

“I will not be able to accept any solution that does not grant the refugees their right to the possibility to return and be compensated as per UN Resolution 194, as well as one that does not allow for the release of prisoners,” Abbas reportedly wrote.

Palestinian red lines make chances of US-mediated settlement slim

Since Obama has continued to send Kerry to the region after reading the dictate, this may mean he finds Abbas' terms "slim," yes, but not necessarily disagreeable.

MANY are questioning Obama-Kerry's policies and stances concerning the Mid-East, particularly where Israel is concerned. Their stances seem fraught with uncertainty, if not absurdities. MANY believe more harm than good will come of their misguided efforts.

Kerry's Peace Plan Will Destroy Israel Piece by Piece

The Jordan (rift) Valley is becoming quite a contentious issue.

"Security must remain in our hands. Anyone who proposes a solution in the Jordan Valley by deploying an international force, Palestinian police or technological means ... does not understand the Middle East," Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israeli public radio.

Steinitz: Israel Rejects US Plans for the Jordan Valley

Thought it was interesting the link made in this next article between John Kerry and Ariel Sharon.

Considering Sharon orchestrated the Gaza pullout, and Kerry is trying to orchestrate a West Bank pullout (of 80,000 Israelis, which is FAR MORE than how many Sharon forced to abandon their homes), the link is interesting indeed, especially since Kerry took a few minutes to publicly address Sharon's suddenly worsening condition during this Kerry trip to Israel. While speaking of Sharon, Kerry couldn't help but insert some remarks about the "framework" he brought with him.

At a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu upon his arrival, and prior to a private meeting later in the evening at which Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni were also present, Kerry conveyed his sympathy to the Sharon family and the people of Israel.

"We remember his [Sharon's] contributions, sacrifices he made to ensure the survival and the well-being of Israel," Kerry said, before launching into a mini-speech about the "framework" agreement he had brought with him.

Kerry and the Sharon legacy

Debka's article title is also interesting.

Gloom in Kerry’s party over widening Israeli-Palestinian gaps. Jordan rejects Palestinian security on its border

Would another way to say that be -- Gloom in Kerry's party over widening Israeli-Palestinian RIFT?

While the Times of Israel article linked to above notes the Palestinians don't want any Israelis in the Jordan Valley, Debka is noting that Jordan doesn't want any Palestinians in the Jordan Valley.

Yep, rift, indeed.

ION is still making its presence known. Suspicious Observers has a good explanation in his daily YouTube about how this polar vortex is "split" over the U.S. He also has some interesting observations on some coronal holes. (Hmmm, btw, as "split" and "rift" are similar.)

Daily Mail Online has an article with several interesting photos in it about the impacts of ION.

Arctic Monday for 140 million as 'POLAR VORTEX' barrels across the US: 4,400 flights canceled, schools closed as far south as ATLANTA and the coldest temperatures recorded in 20 years

Areas around the Great Lakes can expect a lot of lake-effect snow.

President Obama's old political stomping grounds are seeing some of the more brutal temperatures. -15 is pretty cold.

Chicago has had it really tough, but so have some other areas.

Winter Storm Ion: State-By-State Impacts

In the meantime, H1N1 cases are showing up in Oregon, and more H7N9 cases are in China.

I made mention of Arctic Snowy owls in yesterday's post. They are now being sighted as far south as Florida.



A BIBLE PROMISE: If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. --I Timothy 4:6

ABORTION: From Liberal Logic 101:

ANIMAL DIE-OFFS: Sardines, off the West Coast, are in trouble as fishermen report disturbing signs

ECONOMIC COLLAPSE: Three warning signs that a financial crash is imminent

OBAMA'S FED: Janet Yellen confirmed as next Fed Chair

OBAMA'S LIES: The White House has become home of the whopper

OBAMACARE: Hitler finds out he can't keep his doctor (parody)

(GG note: As a general rule, I don't usually link to anything involving Hitler and humor as I don't think there could ever be anything humorous about the monster, but in this instance, the subtitles tell so much about the ongoing problems with Obamacare so succinctly that I am making an exception to my general rule, noting that it isn't humorous but sobering political parody.)

OBAMACARE: Top doctors admit, "We don't understand it," but they do understand "that everybody is going to get paid less."

WW3?: Is it 1914 all over again? We are in danger of repeating the mistakes that started WWI, says a leading historian