Following the UN Security Council drama between Israel and the Obama Administration, US Secretary of State John Kerry gave his final speech outlining “Washington’s vision for Mideast peace.” Kerry defended the US decision to abstain from voting on the resolution and “rejects the notion that somehow the United States was behind it.”
US Secretary of State John Kerry presents “Washington’s vision for Mideast peace” in a special final speech before he leaves office. Kerry addresses the stagnant relations between Israel and the Palestinians as well as ways in which, according to the current administration, peace can be achieved in the Middle East.
Kerry’s speech takes place against a backdrop of high tension between Israel and the Obama Administration, who is due to leave his post in three weeks. The UN Security Council has scheduled an additional discussion on Israel, for January 17th, just three days before the US president-elect Donald Trump will take office.
Secretary of State John Kerry outlines Middle East peace plan in final remarks Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
The discussion, that was originally scheduled for January 12 was postponed to two days after the Paris conference, which Israel will not participate in. The conference may adopt the outline for a solution to the conflict that US Secretary of State John Kerry is presenting this evening.
Shortly before the speech, the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan criticized Kerry, saying that after allowing a decision against Israel’s move to pass at the UN Security Council, Kerry lost his credibility to mediate the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
This morning the Minister Gilad Erdan referred also to Kerry, and said that he is against peace and democracy. Speaking to Channel 2 News, Erden assessed that Kerry is going to side with the Palestinian position. “Kerry will take a position close to that of the Palestinians, and from that moment the Palestinians will bury themselves and adhere to this speech. They will continue to persistently refuse to negotiate, because now they have the Obama Administration’s position as a starting point, “he explained.
Erden expressed his hope that the new administration under Trump will be able to fix the actions taken by the Obama Administration. “We know of the American government’s involvement in this unfortunate Security Council vote and hope that the damage the outgoing administration will leave behind, won’t be impossible to repair,” he said.