How Not to Treat an Ally

Wasp Tevya


An Elusive Peace

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Our dear friend, Wasp Tevya, is with me at the breakfast table. He is understandably upset with Secretary of State John Kerry's assertion that our ally Israel could end up as an "Apartheid" state if they didn't come to terms with the Palestinians. Tevya has asked us to join him for breakfast. He brought over dozens of breakfast pastries for our enjoyment. We hope to see you soon.


Under the Bus!

Hello, my human family. Thank you for joining me this morning. Secretary of State John Kerry deliberately threw your ally under the bus when he said that Israel risked becoming an "apartheid" state if they didn't come to terms with the Palestinians. He may have been channeling his boss, President Obama, when he made this offensive remark. President Obama's treatment of Israel and disdain for Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is well documented. Kerry also implied that if there were a change of government on both sides, peace might prevail. What Kerry fails to recognize is the irrefutable fact that Palestinians will never recognize Israel as a "Jewish State" an assertion reinforced by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.


Empty Table, Empty Talks

I asked you to join me this morning because I have a story to tell you that helps understand why peace in the Middle East is impossible. Last month 27 Palestinian students visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps with Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi. One of the 27 students came forward to explain the trip and its aftermath after the experience was loudly condemned and ridiculed by the Palestinian community. The doctoral candidate is Zeina M. Barakat. The reaction to the visit was so horrifying that only a couple of the students who travelled to the death camp came to Professor Dajani's defense.

The program of study that led to this trip was a joint effort on the part of Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, Tel Aviv University and Ben Gurion University of the Negev. A Palestinian civil society group founded by the Professor called "al Wasatia" was also part of the program. It is interesting to note that "al wasatia" means "moderation" in Arabic.

The group made the trip to break down the barriers of ignorance and misunderstanding in the minds and hearts of the Palestinian community. Professor Dajani rightly believes that learning about the Holocaust broadens understanding. He wanted his students to walk in the shoes of those who died or survived a human tragedy that defies comprehension.

Upon the group's return they were besieged with accusations that they had "sold out to the Jews" by visiting Auschwitz. Ms. Barakat was born in Jerusalem. She says that the Arab culture ignores the Holocaust. Books on the subject were not available when she studied there. This leads me, an ordinary bug, to the real heart of the problem between Israel and the Palestinians. Although their leaders speak about a peaceful solution, they feel quite differently in their hearts. There will never be peace until Ignorance and prejudice are defeated. This amazing group of brave Palestinian students tried to break down the barriers of hatred and distrust by understanding what it was like to walk in another man's shoes. Perhaps, one day, others will want to do the same. Only then will peace have a chance.


A fitting way to close this hub is with the words of Golda Meir. "One cannot and must not erase the past merely because it does not fit the present." Perhaps Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama should heed her words. I humbly suggest that the Palestinians do the same.

Tevya's Song

Dear God, you made so many politicians

It's no shame to be a politician

But it's no great honor either!


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Tom Whitworth 2 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Tevya,

It's been a bad week for people being recorded in their verbal spouting. First the drivel of the Clippers owner and then the Secretary of State showed their true feelings.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Tom,

Actually, it's been a bad year in that respect. Our esteemed President is whispering all the time and getting caught!!! See you at the Inn. Bring a canoe, it's raining politicians!

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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Could there have been a worse choice for Secretary of State than John Kerry? I kind of doubt it.

But you will notice that nobody gets these high level jobs unless they already have the strings attached for the puppet master to pull.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm wondering if the Israeli issue will ever be resolved? Certainly not in our lifetime I think, and words like Kerry's aren't going to help matters at all. Awesome as always my friend.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Mike,

I heard another gaffe this idiot said. He told an audience of students that if they worked hard and got good grades they would be fine. If not, they would end up in Iraq! See you at the Inn. John Kerry is not to be allowed inside.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning billy,

I doubt there will ever be peace. No matter what the Palestinians say, their goal is eliminate Israel from this earth. See you at the Inn. It's raining hard, so wear boots!

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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The only saving grace is that Israel knows that all this disdain is coming from the American left, and that the rest of America is not anti-Semite like Obama and his minions. This is the result of twenty years in Reverend Wright's hate-filled 'church'. I don't know what Kerry's excuse is.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Will,

Obama has repeatedly thrown Israel under the bus. His disgraceful treatment of Netanyahu when he was in the WH speaks volumes. Kerry fits right in with this crowd. See you at the Inn.

taxlarry 2 years ago

Tevya, why do you think Obumma wanted Kerry as his Sec State? They are of the same mind. Obumma and Kerry and Clinton have messed up almost every relationship with allies, and non allies alike, because of their incompetence. And you're right, the world has too many politicians.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning taxlarry,

I agree. Kerry was the perfect guy to carry on the hostile policy towards the only democracy in the Middle East. See you at the Inn. Bring a rowboat. The rain is unstoppable.

Pino Krisio 2 years ago

POP: Palestinians are muslims, and muslims think their way is the only way. Peace will come onlt when Jews decide that the muslims are correct. That will never happen. Actually you don't have to be a Jew - just any other religion, other than islam/muslim. Soooo, there has to be another way. Israel is doing everything they can to survive in that area, with enemies surrounding that little country. America needs to protect them, but if push came to shove with this administration, you can kiss Israel goodby. Time for a regime change - here in America. At least when the Republicans are in office, Israel can breathe a little better.

Off to the Bar. Tevya is saving me a seat.....

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Pino,

From your mouth to God's ears. We desperately need a regime "change" and we need it soon. Obama has managed to damage not only our reputation in the world but also our relationship with our allies. Israel is on its own now.... See you at the Inn. Your seat awaits your arrival.

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The Frog Prince 2 years ago from Arlington, TX

I learned long ago to never expect much from a Jane Fonda loving, fake military hero like Kerry. He is despicable.

The Frog

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Frog Prince,

You just made me feel better and I thank you. Come to the Inn, I'll save you a seat next to me. profile image 2 years ago

It takes longer for some to get it, by that I mean get past labels and the associations that go with it so, Im afraid, Breakfastpop I find your assertion that there will never be peace too pessimistic my friend and really not helpful. It's giving that changes things for the better not ungiving. I remember a holocuast survivor once saying in an interview what stood out in the hell that was that time was this- KIND ACTS. After all Jews and Arabs and all people for that matter have lived side by side and helped each other for centuries - they are actually cousins (if you go by the bible). It's continuing to do KIND ACTS that will turn this around.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good morning,

Golda Meir once said there would be peace in the Middle East when Arab mothers learned to love their children more than they hated the Jews. I'm still waiting. See you at the Inn.

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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

A great read which always leaves much food for thought breakfastpop.

Enjoy your day.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Eddy,

Thank you and hope all is well.

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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

What's up with all the big cheeses getting caught with their pants down. Honestly, I think it's good that the people hear and see what these people really are. Thanks for the information and please save me a seat at the Inn. I am in need of a cold refreshing beer.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Minnetonka Twin,

What's up is that the "big cheeses" are rotten to the core. It's time to clean out the fridge! Hope all is well and it is great to see you at the breakfast table. profile image 2 years ago

As a kid I used to love Golda Meir, BreakfastPop - there was something very warm about her. As far as her observation, I'd like to hope it was not true. People seem to forget Arabs and Jews have lived side by side for centuries in this area. See you at the Inn.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning psychidog,

I too loved Golda Meir. The problem, as I see it, that although Arabs and Jews have lived side by side for centuries, many Arabs want to see the destruction of Israel. Until that ends, there can never be peace. See you at the Inn and we'll talk some more. profile image 2 years ago from upstate, NY

Prime minister Netanyahu has tried to appease the Obama administration to no avail. The administration is demanding concessions from Israel while attempting to give the Palestinians a free hand to acquire rights to the Jewish homeland. And all this for a nation who doesn't even recognize the Jewish state. This is an outrageous insult and betrayal to a loyal ally and friend to America. profile image 2 years ago

Yes, it's all so sad - and in the end fighting is no life. I wish people could just be POSITIVE and engage with the things they love more than hate. Everything happens for a reason, I personally feel Israel's presence is a good influence as long as acts of kindness continue towards very challenging issues and behaviours from some elements that are pretty hardline. It's not the military that need to be engaged as much as the educators I think.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning psychicdog,

I suggest that Arab mothers teach their children to embrace life, not death. See you at the Inn.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning wba,

Israel is the only democracy int the Middle East. I am outraged to see how badly resident Obama and his administration treat our ally. When Bibi Netanyahu visited the WH, Pres. Obama went out of his way to be rude. It is clear, at least to me, where Obama's loyalties lie. Frankly, I am not at all surprised. See you at the Inn

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teaches12345 2 years ago

I am not surprised by Kerry's words; they mimic his master puppet. The peace of Israel draws the whole world into it's existance. I only pray it would happen soon. profile image 2 years ago

Sometimes, I find myself putting these discussions in the too hard basket - one just wishes instead we could get past it all to living life to the full without all the commotion.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning teaches,

I am not surprised at all. Obama is no friend to Israel and it shows. See you at the Inn. It may be the only safe place left on earth.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning psychicdog,

I know exactly how you feel, but, at the same time, I think it's wise to remain alert. See you at the Inn.

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