Douglas MacKinnon

Secretary of State John Kerry must be really desperate to win the Nobel Peace Prize. So much so, he seems willing to continually force the state of Israel into untenable positions that put its security at risk.

On this very topic last month, Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon said Kerry "came here very determined and operates based upon an unfathomable obsession and Messianic feeling . . .

"Throughout the recent months, there is no negotiation between us and the Palestinians, but rather between us and the Americans. The only thing that can 'save' us is that John Kerry will get a Nobel Peace Prize and leave us alone."

The Obama White House in turn has resorted to the Internet as a diplomatic tool to defend their narcissistic secretary of state. "Personal attacks in Israel directed at Sec Kerry totally unfounded and unacceptable," tweeted National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

While Yaalon was forced to apologize, it didn't make what he said less truthful. His choice of words may not have been diplomatic — or, to his credit, subservient — but Yaalon framed the issue perfectly.

Many who know Kerry consider him a glory hound in search of titles, trophies and acclaim. It can be rightfully argued that he knows that the Nobel Prize committee is made up of far-left members and awards its now-tarnished "prize" to like-minded liberals.

Look no further than the Nobel given to Al Gore, which helped him accumulate his $100 million-plus fortune and, in the most telling and embarrassing moment for the committee, the prize given to Barack Obama for doing ... nothing. "So soon?" was former Nobel Prize winner Lech Walesa's reaction when Obama's prize was announced: "He has no contribution so far."

With Kerry's multiple trips to the Mideast to "broker a peace" between Israelis and Palestinians, the U.S. is no doubt trying to weaken the position of Israel and that, as Yaalon honestly put it, we are "negotiating" with Israel only.

Now Kerry's dialing up the rhetoric against Israel in a push to get noticed by the Nobel committee. In Munich over the weekend, he said: "You see, for Israel there's an increasing de-legitimization campaign that has been building up. People are very sensitive to it. There are talk of boycotts and other kinds of things. Are we all going to be better with all of that?"

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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