Channel 2’s Ehud Ya’ari, one of Israel’s most respected Middle East commentators, lambastes Kerry for having jetted off to Paris to meet with the Europeans, Turks and Qatar, with no Egyptians, no representatives of Mahmoud Abba’s PA, and no Israelis present.
The secretary is meeting with the champions of Hamas, and “fleeing from the Egyptian ceasefire initiative, which Abbas and Israel accepted,” Ya’ari fumes.
The key element of the Egyptian proposal was an unconditional ceasefire, to be followed by negotiations. The diplomats in Paris, by contrast, are tilting toward Hamas by discussing various ceasefire preconditions such as lifting the security blockade on the Strip. (That Egyptian-Israeli blockade has prevented even more potent weaponry being imported into Gaza by Hamas for using against Israel.)
Ya’ari’s comments reflect a very widespread sense in Israel of disappointment — to put it mildly — in Kerry.