A controversial series of transcripts alleged to be from a meeting between top American and Palestinian Authority officials said that the Obama administration colluded to pass the controversial anti-Israeli resolution at the United Nations, according to The Jerusalem Post.
The transcripts, published by small Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm Al-Saba’a, have not been verified. In addition, the White House continues to deny such a meeting even took place, according to Fox News, much less that this represented a factual transcript of it.
The meeting, according to The Times of Israel, involved Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and two top figures with the Palestinian Authority, top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and Majed Faraj, director of the Palestinian Authority’s General Intelligence Service.
“We are ready to cooperate with you at the Security Council (to ensure) a balanced resolution. We have instructed our representative to the U.N., Samantha Power, to maintain contact with the Palestinian representative Riyad Mansour,” Secretary of State John Kerry is alleged to have said.
Kerry and Rice also allegedly told the Palestinians that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanted to “destroy the two-state solution. Erekat predicted this four years ago and he was correct. Except for minor changes, Netanyahu wants to keep the status quo.”
Rice also allegedly told the Palestinian Authority that they oughtn’t present parameters for ending the conflict, inasmuch as the “Trump administration will reject it outright.”
The White House was quick to dismiss both the meeting itself and the transcript.
“This alleged meeting … never happened,” National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said. “The ‘transcript’ is a total fabrication.”
It would be wise to treat the transcripts with some skepticism. After all, they would be one of the most sought-after documents in the world, and only a small Egyptian newspaper was able to obtain them?
Still, both the U.S. and the Palestinians felt the story was important enough to issue denials, which is not something governments general do in response to conspiracy theories or mere internet rumors.
Perhaps more importantly, the fact that such treachery can even be believed is because of the fact that the Obama administration has engaged in similar treachery when it comes to Israel. Had they vetoed the Security Council resolution in question — which condemned settler activity and could put Israel at a disadvantage in terms of negotiations — we wouldn’t even be talking about this.
Israel deserves an ally in America at the United Nations. The Obama administration clearly isn’t that ally — whether the transcripts are true or not.
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