Kerry Calls for Return of Golan, Palestinian Capital in East Jerusalem

by Daniel Foster

Among the revelations in alleged secret diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks is information about a February trip to the Middle East by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair John Kerry (D., Mass.).

As Josh Rogin reports, cables indicate that Kerry told Arab leaders, among other things, that  he favored a capital for a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem, and that the Golan Heights should be returned to Syria:

“Any negotiation has its limits, added Senator Kerry, and we know for the Palestinians that control of Al-Aqsa mosque and the establishment of some kind of capital for the Palestinians in East Jerusalem are not negotiable,” the cable stated, summarizing the meeting with the emir. “For the Israelis, the Senator continued, Israel’s character as a Jewish state is not open for negotiation. The non-militarization of an eventual Palestinian state and its borders can nonetheless be resolved through negotiation.”

In a separate meeting the day before with the prime minister, Kerry resisted the Qatari leader’s assertion that Hamas was ready to accept the existence of the State of Israel, but he agreed that urgent action was needed to rebuild Gaza.

According to the leaked diplomatic cable, the prime minister told Kerry, “We need to broker a quick reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah and move forward quickly on rebuilding Gaza… Senator Kerry asserted that HBJ [Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani] was preaching to the converted and told the PM he was ‘shocked by what I saw in Gaza.’”

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