Kerry Admits US Coordinated With UN Security Council on Israeli Settlement Resolution
During his speech today at the State Department, Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to confirm much of what Israeli diplomats had been claiming for the past couple of days — the United States was behind the United Nations resolution on Israeli settlements.
Earlier this week, Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer stated that the US was involved in orchestrating the resolution. This was after a spokesman for Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said they had “ironclad information” that the Obama Administration was behind crafting it.
Kerry stated today that the the administration strongly rejected “the notion that somehow the United States was the driving force behind this resolution.” However, Kerry also pointed out that they were aware, as was Israel, that Egypt and the Palestinians intended to bring a resolution to a vote at the end of the year.
“The United States did not draft or originate this resolution,” Kerry said. “Nor did we put it forward. It was drafted by Egypt.”
But then came Kerry’s admittance that the United States let it be known to the Security Council that if the resolution had certain language, they’d allow it to go through.
“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 were 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.”
Watch the portion of the speech above, via CNN.
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