John Kerry to Deliver ‘Comprehensive Vision’ for Middle East Peace

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JTA

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver a speech laying out his vision for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. State Department spokesman Mark Toner confirmed Tuesday that Kerry would deliver the speech Wednesday morning in Washington, D.C.

“In the speech, the secretary will lay out a comprehensive vision for how he believes the conflict can be resolved in the Middle East,” Toner told reporters.

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Israel Ceases Cooperation with Angola Over UN Vote

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Arutz Sheva

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

As part of a series of recent acts demonstrating his displeasure with countries that voted for the recent anti-Israel UN resolution, PM Netanyahu is instructing that Israel’s foreign ministry cooperation and international development arm stop its activities with Angola, which voted for the resolution.

As joint activity with Angola is currently sparse, the move is largely symbolic. In addition, the arrival of an Angolan internist who was to arrive for a course in Israel is to be cancelled, according to Ynet.

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Kerry Plans to Present Vision for an Israeli-Palestinian Accord

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Bloomberg

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will lay out his vision for Israeli-Palestinian peace in the weeks remaining before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, according to an aide to U.S. President Barack Obama.

Asked in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 whether the U.S. was planning any initiatives after abstaining in a UN Security Council resolution vote condemning Israeli settlements, Benjamin Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications for Obama, said a Kerry speech was in the works. “I wouldn’t describe it as new initiatives, I think what Secretary Kerry will be doing is he will give a speech in which he lays out a comprehensive vision for how he sees the conflict being resolved,” Rhodes said.

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Israel Fears Diplomatic Whirlwind Looming in President Obama’s Final Days

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    President Barack Hussein Obama

Israel fears that the United States and France want to advance another move on the Israeli-Palestinian issue before President Obama leaves office on January 20.

A senior official in Jerusalem said that during Sunday’s security cabinet meeting, ministers were presented with an assessment that during the international foreign ministers’ meeting scheduled for January 15 in Paris as part of the French peace initiative, a series of decisions on the peace process will be made. These will immediately be brought to the UN Security Council for a vote and will be adopted there before January 20.

Dershowitz: Obama Will Go Down in History as One of Worst Foreign Policy Presidents Ever

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    Professor Alan Dershowitz

Outgoing US President Barack Obama will be remembered in history as “one of the worst foreign policy presidents ever,” an internationally renowned American legal expert told Fox News on Monday.

“It’s the most undemocratic thing a president can do — to tie the hands of his successor during the lame-duck period,” Professor Alan Dershowitz — a Democrat — said on Obama’s decision to abstain from a vote last Friday on an anti-Israeli settlement UN Security Council resolution that passed by a 14-0 margin.

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Netanyahu Seeks to Rally Israelis Around Him in Anti-Obama Assault

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Reuters

    Barack Obama with Benjamin Netanyahu 9/21/16

Benjamin Netanyahu has been unrelenting in his criticism of the Obama administration over what he condemned as its “shameful” decision not to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a halt to Israeli settlement-building.

But with the clock ticking down on Barack Obama’s presidency, a possibly more amenable Republican Donald Trump due to succeed him on Jan. 20 and a $38 billion U.S. military aid package to Israel a done deal, it’s all a calculated risk for the four-term, right-wing Israeli prime minister.

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Trump Transition Team Names Jason Greenblatt as Special International Representative

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JTA

    Jason Greenblatt

President-elect Donald Trump has named Jason Greenblatt, the chief legal officer for the Trump Organization, as its special representative for international organization.

A Trump transition team spokeswoman made the announcement on Friday. Greenblatt will focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, and American trade agreements with other countries, according to CNN. Greenblatt, an Orthodox Jewish man and father of six children, also serves as the executive vice president for the Trump Organization.

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Netanyahu Says ‘No Doubt’ U.S. Behind UN Vote on Settlements

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Bloomberg


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stepped up his broadside at the U.S. government after the UN Security Council declared Israel’s settlements illegal, saying President Barack Obama’s administration “initiated and stood behind” the resolution.

Netanyahu said Obama broke a long-standing U.S. commitment not to allow the UN to impose conditions on Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians. Resolution 2334, which passed Friday by a 14-0 vote with the U.S. abstaining, demands that Israel cease construction in all areas it captured in the 1967 Middle East war and describes the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied Palestinian territory.

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Members of Congress Respond to One-Sided United Nations Security Council Resolution

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AIPAC


On Dec. 23, the United States abstained from voting against an anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations Security Council.

Members of Congress from both parties have spoken out against the United States’ decision to abstain from the vote instead of exercising its veto.

Below is a full list of statements.

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Netanyahu Promises Retribution for ‘Biased’ U.N. Resolution

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NY Times


In a furious riposte a day after the United Nations Security Council’s adoption of a resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday pledged to exact a “diplomatic and economic price” from countries who acted against Israel.

Mr. Netanyahu also announced that he would halt his country’s contributions to several United Nations institutions, as well as re-evaluate the presence of the body’s representatives in Israel.

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