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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Same ilk seeds madness, sustains conflict: U.S./Indyk in Middle East

Palestinians distrust
United States
Changing guard changes nothing in Middle East, particularly Palestine
Excerpt, editing, re-reporting by Carolyn Bennett

Martin Indyk was the first United States ambassador to be stripped of a security clearance. He was under investigation for improperly handling sensitive material. U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in October 2000 restored Indyk’s security clearance.

John Kerry
Martin Indyk
Born into a Jewish family in London, England, and raised in Australia, Martin Indyk in later years moved to the United States and in 1993 took U.S. citizenship. In the United States he has held positions as vice president and director for foreign policy at the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution; and, in the William Jefferson Clinton Administration, Ambassador to Israel and Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs. In the Obama government, he has been handed the position of Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, a post that Philip Giraldi and others find problematic.  
Giraldi  is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist, now executive director of the Council for the National Interest. In a recent article he expresses possibly feigned “surprise” that the Obama administration placed Martin Indyk in the latest planned negotiations ─ except if they're not serious ─ to help Israelis and Palestinians resolve their conflict in the Middle East. This is some of what Giraldi had to say about the Martin Indyk ilk and the corrupt and discredited state U.S. foreign policy: his article “Throw the Bums Out.”

Incestuous nepotistic inbreeds

“Martin Indyk is a symptom of the cancer that rots the [U.S.] political system,” Philip Giraldi writes, “and makes many Americans despair of our ever emerging from the darkness of the past twelve years.”

ey players in United States policy “tend to move around a lot: alternating between government posts and think tanks or universities with brief forays into the private sector where they make money exploiting the relationships they developed while in office.”

The appearance of Indyk (alongside the “new” man at State though an entrenched figure) is “an unpleasant reminder that even if everything changes in Washington ─ nothing changes when it comes to the Middle East.”

Though Indyk has again “been given great power to do still more damage in a part of the world where the United States has legitimate strategic concerns” ─ this man’s “willingness to do what is right for the United States and its people has to be considered questionable” … as “Indyk is a passionate Zionist completely Israel-focused.” Serious talks to aid resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “would be unimaginable,” he said, “with an interlocutor who has spent his entire life working on behalf of Israel.”

Giraldi concludes that, “in Indyk’s world view,” now re-ensconced in White House policy making, “there is nothing about the U.S. interest except as it coincides with that of Israel.

ress TV has also reported on attentive observers’ view of Indyk as a problematic U.S. “mediator” because of his “very strong connections with the Zionist lobby inside and outside of the United States.” His involvement throws U.S. credibility into question.  

Political analyst Jim W. Dean also questions U.S. participation in helping (or pretending to help) resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict or aid a “peace” process. The United States, he said, “should not have anything to do with the talks” scheduled this week because of the U.S. culpability in “actually emboldening Israel.”

‘…We need to launch a really big campaign publicizing the duplicity of Israel in all of the past negotiations and how ineffective America has been … as a mediator.’”

The protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Dean says, is a “‘horrendous situation’” from which the United States should absent itself and instead support a clearly “‘independent mediator.’”

 Discredited: Palestinians distrust United States

Results of a May 21-June 4 Gallup Poll released on July 26, 2013, found

66 percent no confidence in U.S. President Barack Obama’s helping “the process of Israel-Palestine talks” 

A great majority of Palestinians have no confidence in the role played by the United States in the Israel-Palestine talks.

Findings from face-to-face interviews with 1000 Palestinian and Israeli adults revealed:

74 percent of participants disagreed with the acceptability of solutions proposed by President Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry.

enowned Palestinian leader Hanan Ashrawi is quoted this week saying Israel, against the international efforts, “‘is not stopping its consecutive strikes.’” And those “‘strikes’” [not unlike the continually expanding illegal settlements, which the U.S. has given only tepid comments, compared with its comments against governments of Syria, Iran, Libya, Korea and others] “‘are aiming at blocking the negotiations..’”

Disqualified as peace broker

A member of the executive committee of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Ashrawi was careful in her words when she said ─

Hon. Hanan Ashrawi 
‘Israel is trying to empty the process of the U.S.-sponsored peace negotiations before it is really launched’

“‘I don’t believe,’” she said, “‘that the Palestinians are in need of meaningless negotiations with Israel.’”

Early this year veteran Arab journalist Nicola Nasser quoted Hanan Ashrawi lamenting Palestinians’ experience of Washington’s empty words and actual practice. “Our experience has been really tragic with this American administration,” she said, an administration that “started with such high hopes and tremendous promises [but] they backed down so quickly it was incredible.”

Ashrawi stated the obvious conclusion: “The U.S. has disqualified itself as a peace broker.”

Sources and notes

“Throw the Bums Out” written by Philip Giraldi, August 8, 2013, Martin Sean Indyk (born July 1, 1951), http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/news/opinion-a-analysis/item/3099-throw-the-bums-out

Philip Giraldi is the executive director of the Council for the National Interest and a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer with several years work overseas in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. His opinions on terrorism, intelligence, and security issues appear regularly in various U.S. news sources and at antiwar.com Giraldi is multi-lingual and holds academic credentials from degrees London and Chicago universities.

“Kerry names ex-ambassador as U.S. envoy to Israel-Palestinian talks─ US Secretary of State John Kerry has named Washington’s former ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, as the lead negotiator for Israeli-Palestinian talks,” July 29, 2013, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/07/29/316224/exenvoy-named-us-envoy-in-me-talks/

“The Palestinian delegation is led by chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat; Tzipi Livni will represent the Israeli side. Major topics on the agenda include the future of Israeli settlements on the occupied West Bank, the status of al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the fate of Palestinian refugees.

The previous Palestinian-Israeli talks were halted in September 2010 after Tel Aviv refused to freeze its settlement activities in the West Bank. Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip; and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the Palestinian territories occupied in the Six-Day War of 1967.  Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.

“U.S., Israel agenda behind talks with Palestinians must be exposed: Analyst,” August 13, 2013, http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/13/318520/us-israel-agenda-must-be-exposed/

Jim W. Dean is managing editor and columnist for Veterans Today, a military and foreign affairs journal. Dean’s current writing focuses on national security, intelligence, black and ‘psy ops’, and military/Intel history including personal video archives and the current wars.

“Palestinians distrust U.S. in Palestine–Israel talks: Gallup poll,” August 7, 2013,

“Palestinian officials slam Israel's decision to build 1,200 settlement units” (English.news.cn), August 12, 2013, http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-08/12/c_125150594.htm


“Palestinians Disqualify U.S. as Peace Broker  ─ The ‘unbreakable alliance,’ which will be confirmed by the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama to Israel, will disqualify the United States as an honest broker of peace in the Arab – Israeli conflict in Palestine, says a Palestinian veteran peace negotiator” by Nicola Nasser, Global Research, February 22, 2013, http://globalresearch.ca/palestinians-disqualify-u-s-as-peace-broker/5323873

Nicola Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist based in Bir Zeit, West Bank of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.


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