According to a report by the Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm Al-Sabea newspaper Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Ambassador Susan Rice met with a delegation of Palestinians on December 15th in Washington D.C. and introduced of the anti-Israel resolution which was passed eight days later on December 23 by the UN Security Council thanks to an Obama-direct abstention.
The Egyptian newspaper published what it claims are the transcripts of meetings between top US and Palestinian officials that, seems to corroborate Israeli accusations that the Obama administration was behind last week’s UN Security Council resolution. And hints that the Palestinians have already seen the plan Kerry is presenting on Wed. 12/25, which Israel fears is the first step to the Obama administration imposing a “peace solution” on Israel.
Another possibility being discuss is that before he leaves office, Barack Obama will “recognize” a Palestinian state. Any of these possibilities remove any need for negotiations, Obama/Kerry plan to give the Palestinians what they want, so why bother negotiating with Israel–which has been the Palestinian position since Obama took office and made the settlements a major issue.
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Friday’s UNSC vote and the new possible actions have been rumored since mid-September but there was no way Obama would act before the election while his party still needed the campaign donations and votes of Americas Jews.
On December 22, the day the original Security Council vote was to have taken place, the Israeli news site Walla published a report almost identical to the one on the Egyptian news site. Walla quoted a senior Israeli official as stating that in a meeting between Kerry and a Palestinian delegation to Washington headed by Palestinian Liberation Organization Secretary General Saeb Erekat, agreement was reached on the matter of a resolution against the settlements, and that Kerry said the United States would not veto it…