The scandal regarding the Obama administration’s involvement in the U.N. Security Council’s ambush on Israel last Friday is deepening.
The White House and the State Department on Wednesday flatly denied that the meeting to cook up the latest anti-Israel Security Council resolution between Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and two high-ranking Palestinian Authority officials had taken place.
“This is a total fabrication. This meeting never occurred,” tweeted National Security Council spokesman Ned Price.
State Department spokesman John Kirby also denied the meeting had occurred.
“Claims cited in your piece are wrong. No such meeting took place,” Kirby tweeted to The Times of Israel over a report about the publication of the minutes of the meeting between Kerry, Rice and the Palestinian delegation headed by PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.
On Tuesday, the transcript of the meeting was published by the Egyptian news site Al-Youm Al-Sabea, which is considered the mouthpiece of President Fatah Abdel el-Sisi.
The document was likely leaked because the Egyptian president is angry at the way the Obama administration operated after Egypt originally had withdrawn the motion last week and because of Obama’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood.
As will become clear from the following information, the Obama administration is lying again.
Both Palestinian and Israeli media reported in mid-December that the Palestinian delegation had visited the State Department on Dec. 12 and Dec. 15. Their stated goal was to sway Obama not to veto the upcoming Security Council resolution against Israel.
First, there was the pro-Palestinian Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, which reported Dec. 12 that a Palestinian delegation had arrived in Washington.
Here’s an excerpt from that report:
“The Palestinian Authority is interested in coming to an understanding with the outgoing administration of U.S. President Barack Obama that would avoid an American veto of a United Nations Security Council resolution that the Palestinians intend to introduce in January, Palestinian officials and Western diplomats told Haaretz. The resolution would be critical of Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem,” it stated.
“The main item on the agenda is expected to be the resolution, which the Palestinians are currently discussing with members of the U.N. Security Council,” Ha’aretz reported, citing a senior official in the office of PA leader Mahmoud Abbas.
Then there was The Times of Israel, which reported Dec. 14 that “Saeb Erekat and Majed Faraj, director of the Palestinian Authority’s General Intelligence Service, held a meeting Tuesday with Secretary of State John Kerry during which they focused on the peace process and growing threat of regional instability caused by the Islamic State terrorist organization.”
The Israeli news site also reported there had been at least two meetings, one with Kerry and another with Rice and Stuart Jones, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs.
The Times also wrote that the subject of the meeting had been the so-called two-state-solution for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
A statement issued after the meeting read a two-state solution is the “only way to achieve an enduring peace that meets Israeli and Palestinian security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty, end the occupation that began in 1967, and resolve all permanent status issues.”
Israel Project CEO Omri Ceren tweeted earlier this week that the transcript published by Al-Youm Al-Sabea clearly showed that there had been two meetings.
The first one was Dec. 12 between Kerry and the two Palestinian officials, and the later meeting included Rice.
This was the meeting that was used to work on “the wording of the resolution against Israel,” according to Ceren.
Furthermore, on Dec. 12, the U.S. Embassy in Brussels sent a readout by spokesman John Kirby of Kerry’s meeting with the Palestinian officials.
— US Embassy Brussels (@usembbrussels) December 13, 2016
Then there was the admission by Kerry himself that the U.S. had been the driving force behind Resolution 2334 that condemned Israel for frustrating the two-state-solution by continuing to build “illegal settlements.”
On Wednesday, during his 70-minute speech about Israel’s supposed obstruction of the peace process and the two-state-solution, Kerry first said that the Obama administration strongly rejected “the notion that somehow the United States was the driving force behind this resolution.”
However, he immediately contradicted this claim and delivered evidence that the Obama administration was at least instrumental in creating the ambush on Israel in the Security Council.
“We made it clear to others including those on the Security Council that it was possible that if the resolution were to be balanced and it was to include references to incitement and to terrorism, that it was possible the United States would then not block it. That if it was balanced and fair. That’s a standard practice with resolutions at the Security Council,” Kerry said.
One of “the others” was New Zealand, one of the nations in the Security Council that sponsored the resolution after Egypt withdrew, most likely because of pressure on el-Sisi by President-elect Donald Trump.
What Kerry omitted in his speech, however, was that he traveled all the way to Wellington to discuss the anti-Israel resolution with Murray McCully, the foreign minister of New Zealand.
“One of the closed-door discussions between United States Secretary of State John Kerry and the New Zealand Government today was a potential resolution by the United Nations Security Council on a two-state solution for the Israel-Palestinian conflict,” The New Zealand Herald reported Nov. 13.
The paper added that Kerry and McCully discussed the possibility that New Zealand or the U.S. would sponsor the resolution.
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