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Why I Call BS On US Claims “Gang-Up On Israel” Meeting Never Took Place

In the wake of the Egyptians releasing the Protocols of the Betrayal of Zion, the Americans have denied the meeting ever took place, or that they discussed and coordinated the UN resolution with the palestinians.

The White House vehemently denied a report Wednesday morning claiming Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice discussed the controversial U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements with a top Palestinian official days before Friday’s Security Council vote.

An Egyptian news site first published what it claimed to be details of the meeting with Palestinian official Saeb Erekat and others. According to multiple accounts in Israeli media, the documents show the U.S. officials discussing the draft resolution with the delegation and agreeing to cooperate.

Ned Price, spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, denied the claims in an early-morning tweet. He called the reports a “fabrication” and said the “meeting never occurred.”

As have the palestinians.

I call BS.

Back on Dec 10th, days before the alleged meeting took place, the left-wing Ha’aretz – hardly a pro-Israel site to say the least – reported the Americans’ intentions to discuss and coordinate the wording of the resolution!

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.

A high-level Palestinian delegation is scheduled to arrive in Washington in the coming week, led by senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and the head of the Palestinian general intelligence service, Majid Faraj. The delegation also includes the future Palestinian ambassador in Washington, Husam Zumlut, President Mahmoud Abbas’ senior adviser, as well as a number of high-level officials from Abbas’ Fatah party and from the Palestine Liberation Organization.

The delegation will be coming to the U.S. capital to participate in a strategic American-Palestinian dialogue session, the first of its kind ever to be held. The more important meeting, however, will be that of Erekat, Faraj and other members of the delegation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. The main item on the agenda is expected to be the resolution, which the Palestinians are currently discussing with members of the UN Security Council. The Palestinian visitors will also be meeting with representatives of the Republican Party and with advisers of President-elect Donald Trump.

A senior official in President Abbas’ office told Haaretz that the Palestinian Authority senses that the Obama administration will not accept the existing draft resolution, portions of which will have to be amended in an effort to avoid an American veto in the Security Council.

Then there’s the matter of the Israeli government coming out and stating unequivocally it has “ironclad” evidence this is what occurred. Israel has too much to lose making this allegation about the US administration without being right about it.

And of course the State Department’s own website shows a scheduled meeting between Kerry and Erekat on Dec. 12, around the time of the reported discussions. True, it does not mention Rice scheduled to be there, but that is hardly proof the alleged tripartite meeting never took place, especially considering the other facts at hand.

The Obama administration has shown its willingness to sell out Israel, its close ally. I have very little doubt they would tell a porky pie to cover themselves.

Update: More circumstantial evidence the US was cooking something up: this from New Zealand Herald on 13th November.

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.

After the talks, Foreign Minister Murray McCully even raised the possibility of the US or New Zealand sponsoring a resolution.

“It is a conversation we are engaged in deeply and we’ve spent some time talking to Secretary Kerry about where the US might go on this.

“It is something that is still in play,” McCully told reporters after talks today in Wellington.

As we know, New Zealand co-sponsored the resolution.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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