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For your perusal, my latest INTO THE FRAY column

John Kerry at 2016 Saban Forum—Misrepresenting Two-Statism
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Oslo failed not because Israelis built crèches, kindergartens and schools across pre-1967 lines, but because Palestinian-Arabs blew up Israeli cafes, buses and malls inside those lines

 It appears this week on the following sites (in alphabetical order):

ALGEMEINER: https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/12/09/john-kerry-at-the-2016-saban-forum-misrepresenting-two-statism/
ISRAELI FRONTLINE:  http://www.israelifrontline.com/2016/12/fray-john-kerry-2016-saban-forum-misrepresenting-two-statism.html
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS:  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/19889
ISRAEL NEWS ONLINE:  (To be posted)
ISRAEL’S VOICE: http://www.israelsvoice.org/2016/12/09/fray-john-kerry-2016-saban-forum-misrepresenting-two-statism/
ISRAPUNDIT:  http://www.israpundit.org/archives/63620018
MEDIUM:  https://medium.com/@martinsherman/into-the-fray-john-kerry-at-2016-saban-forum-misrepresenting-two-statism-a122500b9f45#.8zt7km5nb
JEWSDOWNUNDER: http://jewsdownunder.com/2016/12/10/fray-john-kerry-2016-saban-forum-misrepresenting-two-statism/ 
JEWISH PRESS:  http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/into-the-fray-martin-sherman/into-the-fray-john-kerry-at-2016-saban-forum-misrepresenting-two-statism/2016/12/11/

An excerpt:

Raise your hands… how many of you believe in a two-state solution, believe two states is critical? …Okay, it’s the vast majority of people here. How many of you don’t, are willing to say so? There’s one hand up… — Secretary of State John Kerry, at the 2016 Saban Forum, asking for a show of hands from the audience in support of a two-state agreement.

…Faced with the prospect of the rapidly diminishing – indeed, vanishing – relevance of his, and his administration’s pet project, Kerry turned to the audience for its reaffirmation. In an effort to demonstrate that all rational beings would endorse the self-evident wisdom of, and imperative for the two-state formula, he exhorted: “Raise your hands … how many of you believe in a two-state solution, believe two states is critical…?”
Unsurprisingly, given the nature of the forum and the merciless dictates of political correctness, a “vast majority” duly raised approving hands.  But this is wildly misleading — because “Do you support a two state solution?” is merely code for another far more sinister question – the question Kerry should have asked…

After all, the call for a two-state “solution” necessarily entails the call for the establishment of a Palestinian state. But there is little to no reason to believe that such a state will be anything other than what past precedent suggests it will be: yet another homophobic, misogynistic, Muslim-majority tyranny, that sooner, rather than later, will become a bastion for Islamist terror groups on the fringes of Greater Tel Aviv; abutting a teetering Jordanian monarchy, menaced by ascendant Islamist elements in the east, and an increasingly jihadi-controlled Sinai in the south…

So what Kerry should have asked the audience was the following: “Raise your hands …how many of you believe in the establishment of yet another homophobic, misogynistic, Muslim-majority tyranny on the fringes of Greater Tel Aviv?  How many believe that the establishment of said homophobic, misogynistic tyranny is critical…?

If the question were framed that way, the way it should have been framed — to reflect political reality rather than political correctness — I venture to wager the result would not have been “a vast majority” of approving raised hands…

As usual your talkbacks/comments/critiques welcome,

Best wishes,

MS