Jacob Bojesson, DCNF
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry allegedly gave a Palestinian delegation his word that the U.S. would not impose a veto prior to the passing of a UN resolution against Israeli settlements, a “leaked transcript” claims.
Kerry, along with White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice, reportedly told the Palestinians Dec. 12 that they wouldn’t veto the resolution as long as its wording was balanced, Egyptian news site Al-Youm Al-Sabaa reports, according to Haartez.
The report cites a “leaked transcript” from the meetings composed by the Palestinian delegation. The U.S. Department of State denies the existence of such a document. Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat described the transcripts as “fabrications” when he commented on the alleged leak Wednesday.
The document further claims Kerry and Rice advised the Palestinians not to make any provocative moves in the UN after President-elect Donald Trump takes office, calling him “dangerous.”
If authentic, the document justifies Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s criticism against President Barack Obama since the resolution passed Friday.
“From the information that we have, we have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the wording and demanded that it be passed,” Netanyahu said Sunday.
Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., said there’s “clear evidence” the Obama administration was behind the resolution will be presented to Trump.
“We will present this evidence to the new administration through the appropriate channels, and if they want to share it with the American people they are welcome to do it,” Dermer told CNN Monday.
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