State Dept denies document shows collusion with Palestinians

The State Department is denying Middle Eastern media reports that a leaked document shows the U.S. orchestrated last week’s United Nations vote to condemn Israeli settlements.

The document, published by Egyptian outlet Al-Youm Al-Sabaa and reported by Israeli newspaper Haaretz, purportedly shows that Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with a Palestinian delegation 10 days before Friday’s U.N. Security Council vote.

{mosads}The document, according to Haaretz, shows that Kerry and Rice said the U.S. would abstain from the vote if the resolution was balanced. The State Department denied the contents of the documents to Haaretz. 

The U.S. had the ability to veto the U.N. resolution but abstained from the vote. Israel has since accused the U.S. of being behind the resolution.

According to Haaretz, another Israeli website published a similar report on Dec. 22 — the day the U.N. was originally set to take up the vote on the settlements, before it was delayed one day.

The Israeli website Walla cited an Israeli official who said that during a meeting with a Palestinian delegation, Kerry agreed that the U.S. would not veto the resolution.

Kerry is set to give a speech Wednesday morning from the State Department to explain the Obama administration’s vision for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. 


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