In the wake of the anti-Israel UNSC resolution and US abstention that allowed it to pass, we have seen Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu and his spokespeople point the finger at the Obama administration for helping push and craft the resolution, in a move that has had people either scratching their heads or writing harsh op-eds. But all this time, we have been claiming to have “iron-clad” evidence from international and Arab sources.
Now this evidence seems to have been released by the Egyptians, in the form of the minutes of a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and PA officials Saeb Erekat and Ryad Mansour.
The Israeli TV news show Mabat broadcast a report that said Egyptian media Tuesday evening published evidence that the U.N. Security Council resolution against Israel was cooked up in a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and two top Palestinian Authority officials.
According to Oded Granot, the Arabic-speaking Middle East expert of Mabat, Egyptian media published the secret protocol of the meeting between the two Obama administration officials and the two PA officials that took place in Washington on Dec. 15.
The report said the protocol was iron-clad evidence that the procedure that led to the ambush against Israel in the Security Council on Friday was coordinated between Kerry, Rice, PA Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat and Ryad Mansour, the PA envoy to the United Nations.
According to the report, Kerry and Rice told the two PA officials that the Obama administration was ready to cooperate with a Palestinian action at the Security Council on condition that the resolution would be “balanced.”
The two Obama administration officials openly expressed their disgust with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s alleged attempt to kill the so-called two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Kerry then reportedly suggested to Erekat that the PA could bring up ideas to set the parameters for a forced permanent solution to the conflict and discuss them with the Saudi government, but Rice opposed the idea.
Yep, the Egyptians have gone from publishing Protocols of the Elders of Zion to Protocols of the Betrayal of Zion. And not only that, they wanted to release it now, rather than wait until the Trump administration took over.
The Egyptians apparently didn’t want to wait, said Granot, and published the secret protocol of the meeting Tuesday evening local time.
Granot said the Egyptians most likely published the protocol to express their frustration with the attitudes of the Obama administration in orchestrating the move behind the back of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi.
But there are more bombshells from the protocols.
“The Trump administration is dangerous,” Rice reportedly said, adding that “Trump’s opinions about Israel and the Palestinians would be different from all previous administrations.”
The four officials then discussed Trump’s intention to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Rice asked Erekat what the PA reaction to such a move would be and Erekat responded by saying the Palestine Liberation Organization would withdraw its official recognition of Israel and would dismantle the Palestinian Authority.
Erekat also said the PA could request Arab states to expel their U.S. ambassadors.
Rice reportedly expressed her concerns about these measures and then conveyed her appreciation for Erekat.
Kerry and Rice advised the Palestinian Authority not to take steps that would provoke the Trump administration such as dismantling the PA or suing Israel at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
They also urged the PA officials not to resume suicide attacks against Israel because that would “harm the Palestinian cause.”
Granot added that the protocol showed Kerry and Rice had given compliments to PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, who they said had always done what the Obama administration had asked from him.
Let me break this down for you.
Besides the collusion to stab Israel in the back which is being widely reported, the protocols reveal that the Obama administration:
- Know the PA is behind terrorism against Israel, and ask them to refrain, not because it is immoral, but because it could harm their cause
- Despite this, they appreciate the PA for listening to Obama
- In contrast, it is Netanyahu they are disgusted by, and Trump they see as dangerous
This is a devastating indictment of the Obama administration, and surely sheds more light on Binyamin Netanyahu’s anger and harsh words and reaction to the betrayal.
As we await John Kerry’s anticipated outline for the Obama administration’s vision for a final peace accord, we should keep in mind the deception and betrayal by its architects, before relegating it to the dustbin of history.
Update: The PA is claiming the report is fabricated.
Palestinian Authority: Report published by Egyptian paper about coordination with US Administration prior to UNSC vote is fabricated.
— Khaled Abu Toameh (@KhaledAbuToameh) December 28, 2016