Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer reacted to John Kerry speech at the State Department today where he addressed Israel and the controversial U.N. resolution admonishing the Jewish state.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The damage from the resolution is long lasting. It's a matter of international law. The Israelis cannot escape it. The damage from the speech today I think is meaningless. Nobody is going to remember it after a month. This is Kerry bloviating trying to express himself, emotionally, mostly but it will have no import because that administration and the view behind it will be swept away.
There was one important element in the 70 minutes of that word salad and it was important because I think there's a ray of hope. The danger for the Israelis, the danger for the peace process was that there was another shoe to drop. Possibly, Obama would go back to the Security Council, take the Kerry six-point plan and impose it on the Israelis through Security Council resolution. That's been a threat.
And the second threat was that Obama would unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state demanding nothing in return from the Palestinians meaning the state of war continues, the terrorism continues, et cetera.
Where there was a passage buried in those 70 minutes of Kerry, which seem to rule those two threats out. Where Kerry says there's some want us to dictate the terms of the resolution of the Security Council. He said these are not choices we will make. And he said others want us to simply recognize the Palestinian state absent an agreement and again he says these are not choices we will make.
If Kerry sticks with that, then the damage is done, and we will start all over again on January 20th. I hope he sticks to it. You don't know what will happen in Paris. But unless he betrays his own words it looks like the damage is done and it will be somewhat limited.