Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate John Kerry is allegedly working hard to insult the Trump administration to Palestinian leaders, according to a recent report from Hebrew Daily in Israel.
Maariv, a local Israeli outlet, reported that Kerry has been using an intermediary named Hussein Agha to relay derisive, anti-Trump messages to the leaders of the Palestinian authority. According to The Jerusalem Post, Kerry asked the Palestinians to “not yield” to Trump’s demands and to “hold on and be strong” in the wake of Trump’s pro-Israel moves in the region. Maariv based their report on an anonymous account from a “senior Palestinian authority official.”
Kerry also hinted that he may run for president in 2020 against Trump, saying he was not much older than Trump.
Trump is 71, Kerry is 74.
The biggest bombshell in the report concerns Kerry’s comments to Agha, as reported by the Jerusalem Post:
Kerry asked Agha to convey a message to Abbas and ask him to “hold on and be strong.” Tell him, he told Agha, “that he should stay strong in his spirit and play for time, that he will not break and will not yield to President Trump’s demands.” According to Kerry, Trump will not remain in office for a long time. It was reported that within a year there was a good chance that Trump would not be in the White House.
Kerry offered his help to the Palestinians in an effort to advance the peace process and recommended that Abbas present his own peace plan. “Maybe it is time for the Palestinians to define their peace principles and present a positive plan,” Kerry suggested. He promised to use all his contacts and all his abilities to get support for such a plan. He asked Abbas, through Agha, not to attack the US or the Trump administration, but to concentrate on personal attacks on Trump himself, whom Kerry says is solely and directly responsible for the situation.
According to the report, referring to the president, Kerry used derogatory terms and even worse. Kerry offered to help create an alternative peace initiative and promised to help garner international support, among others, of Europeans, Arab states and the international community. Kerry hinted that many in the American establishment, as well as in American intelligence, are dissatisfied with Trump’s performance and the way he leads America. He surprised his interlocutor by saying he was seriously considering running for president in 2020. When asked about his advanced age, he said he was not much older than Trump and would not have an age problem.
The report has been confirmed by a high ranking member of the Palestinian Authority, according to the Jerusalem Post.
John Kerry’s office could not be reached for comment at the time of publishing.