Secretary of Unreality – Bret Stephens
The secretary of state has been busy with Israeli-Palestinian peace, just concluding his 10th peacemaking trip in a year. But it’s hard to avoid the unreality of Kerry’s undertakings. The Palestinian Authority has had two masters since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007. Mahmoud Abbas, 78, nominally the Palestinian president, no longer bothers with elections. There hasn’t been a prime minister of Palestine since June. Israel demands that Palestinians recognize it as a Jewish state. Abbas explicitly rejects it as one.
The Israeli cabinet was presented Sunday with a long report on Palestinian incitement since the resumption of peace negotiations. “Official Palestinian media outlets relay that Israel has no right to exist, and that the Jewish people have no claim to the Holy Land,” the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported. “In addition, other messages prevalent in Palestinian media include that Israel’s disappearance is inevitable and expected to happen soon, as Jews are sub-human creatures that must be dealt with accordingly.” (Wall Street Journal)