June 2, 2020

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Transcripts of CNN and BBC on UNSC Res 2334


The following are relatively accurate transcriptions of the broadcasts of BBC Globe and CNN International from December 23-29, 2016. I have the recordings of all of these passages.

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Don Lemon: Unprecedented phone call stops UNSC’s Israel vote. …but unlike most other presidents in waiting, Trump has now jumped in with both feet into in to the most complicated & difficult foreign policy issues for any president – the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Trump has been working the phones & calling world leaders to scuttle an anti Israel resolution at the UN, Elise Labott reports. …Obama was prepared to let the resolution pass. Either by abstaining or voting in favor of it. the US has traditionally seen Jewish settlements in areas controlled by Palestinians, as an obstacle to a peace process, but has never gone so far in a UN vote. The move today would have been seen by many as a provocation. A parting shot at Israel’s PM with whom Obama has strained ties. (rest same as previous) YES RLS very important TOLO

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unprecedented policy move, John Vause with Dave Jacobson (Dem. Strategist)
& John Thomas (Thomas Partners Strategists) & Josh Lockman (USC Gould
School of Law)   

Obama was prepared to let this resolution pass & not use the veto… its
incredibly broad. If you look at the language being used, in some respects it
would have meant that parts of  E
Jerusalem, including the Jewish quarter in the old city & the Western Wall
were technically off limits to Israelis?


That’s exactly right. This was a broad resolution draft. Its important to note
here that the Obama administration has
vigorously defended Israel over the last 8 years. In fact this administration,
unlike the previous administrations since 1967, Republicans & Democrats
alike, has vetoed any resolution charging Israel.
?? It wouldn’t be so
strange for this administration to abstain, given the frustration that the Obama White House has seen on the conflict. 1*
But yes this resolution would have been a broad one & would have obviously
targeted the settlement building activity that much of the int. community—
for Israel, finds illegal.

your point about Obama essentially being a shield at the UN for the Israelis.
You mentioned all the way back to Johnson. Every president has passed or
supported a UN resolution which is critical of Israel (caption: 7-Johnson; 15-Nixon; 2-Ford; 14-Carter; 21-Reagan;
9-George HW Bush; 3-Clinton; 6-George W Bush)
. So if Obama hadn’t let this
go through it would have been a very strong diplomatic message to Netanyahu.

yes I think so. It would have been something of a parting shot by the President
that has obviously had an acrimonious relationship with Netanyahu. But it is
also important to note that in 2011 when the Obama administration vetoed a
similar resolution, condemning settlement building, it didn’t do so because of
the merits of the resolution itself, but because the administration thought it
would be an impediment to actively mediating in the Israeli Palestinian
conflict. That’s an important move here as well because we are already seeing
the potentially destructive move
of the president elect in foreign policy, & specifically in the Israeli
Palestinian conflict arena what this could portend for the region, its very
disturbing obviously.


there are concerns of what the blowback will be, what the fallout will be,
especially for other areas of policy, if
you want those Sunni Arab nations on board
, how will they feel about what
is a very pro Israeli stance by the new administration?

…I have to disagree with your guest that this last administration has been pro
Israeli. Remember there were – in the Obama administration tried to out the PM
of Israel, & running a campaign to defeat him. so I don’t think they were
exactly pro Israeli in this process. But you are right it is complex. Rex
Tillerson is going to have his hands full. No doubt about it… but I think Trump
has made it, say look we didn’t support Israel strongly enough & he is not
traveling lightly about this. He really isn’t.

he knows the Arab Sunni nations, he (Tillerson) knows the gulf states, he knows
nothing about Israel?

That is a significant issue. The reality is he is one of the only incoming
secretaries of state who have had no foreign policy, in terms of being a
government official experience…

all of this diplomatic maneuvering it seems to be coordinated between the
Knesset & Tump’s estate. This is what Netanyahu said on Tweeter: “I
hope it will abide by the principles set by Obama himself in his speech in the
UN in 2011. That peace will come not through UN resolutions but only through
direct negotiations between the parties.” (quotes Trump’s Tweet). How is
this coordination going to be received?

Could be very dangerous &
3* Especially if Trump does move towards some recognition of Israeli settlement
building. We have seen from his choice of ambassador Friedman, a man that, first of all trafficked in hate and
Islamophobia & also has completely scorned the 2 state solution as a
process and vehicle…
that this type of choice …could
be a very devastating one
. It could inflame the region if it seems the
US is seemingly siding with Israel, as far as it’s settlement building. The US
has often been seen, widely through the Arab world, as not an
honest broker,
as taking Israel’s side & this would be even more
one sided & could really destabilize & lead to some kind of reaction from the street.5*
YES RLS very important TOLOG

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Israel UNSC vote. There have been feverish
exchanges at the UN. Israel’s ambassador to the UN has called on the US to
support them over a security council resolution that demands an end to Israeli settlements in the West
A vote yesterday was postponed, rescheduled for later
today. It is thought the US might abstain, Ben Bland with Barbara Plett-Usher
live, Washington.

Q’ in diplomatic terms how significant would
it be, if the US did abstain?

A’ very significant. It would be a change in US policy. the Americans, their role in the
UN, as far as Israel is concerned, has always been to back, to have Israel’s
back. So the Americans have routinely
vetoed any resolution that is critical of Israel. In fact of the 77 vetoes they
have issued since the UN was founded, more than half of them are on Israel’s
Now having said that there is this tension with US policy, especially under the Obama administration,
because the Americans are very opposed to Israeli settlement building. & so
when resolutions have come up condemning Israeli settlement building, they have
been in this position of trying to balance between their opposition to
settlements & wanting to protect Israel. & in the past they have chosen
to protect Israel. In some cases just vetoing resolutions that were in effect,
stating their own policy. now we will see if the balance has changed…there have
been strong reservations very much undermining a two-state solution. This might
be an opportunity… seriously considering it going through.  

YES RLS very important TOLOG

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The UN is voting around now on a
controversial security council resolution about Israel. It demands an end to
Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Usually the US would veto such a move.
But there are suggestions that the Obama administration might abstain prompting
anger in Israel, Geeta Guru-Murthy with Barbara Plett-Usher live, Washington.

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Breaking News – Israel UNSC vote live. Security
Council passes resolution condemning settlements. US abstained in vote. Barbara
Plett-Usher live, Washington. When the Malaysian ambassador was introducing the
resolution he made the point that everyone there agrees on… which is that the
resolution is coming forward at this point, because there is great concern that the building of Israeli
settlements in the West Bank & E Jerusalem, are threatening the possibility
of a viable Palestinian state in any future peace talks7*
… the
Americans are concerned enough about it, that they have broken with long
standing traditions to abstain & allow this resolution to go through.
Normally they veto any resolution that is critical of Israel, even if they
agree with its content… US twice tried to broker peace & failed & they
had been very vocal about their criticism of settlement policy under this
Israeli government… RLS TOLOG

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The UNSC has passed a resolution demanding an
end to Israeli settlement building in the West Bank & E Jerusalem. Such a
stage threatened the viability of 2-state solution.  The
vote passed after the US abstained. It normally vetoes such resolutions, frantic
efforts behind the scene.
Barbara Plett-Usher live, Washington. It is
significant …it also signifies the international consensus that what the
Israelis are doing in the occupied territories in the West Bank & E
Jerusalem is a violation of int. law. So it makes it more difficult for the
Israelis to argue that what they are doing, that they do have the law on their
side… but nevertheless it’s a strong rebuke to Israeli behaviors, to to Israeli
policies in the West Bank & Jerusalem. YES RLS important TOLOG

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Israel UN vote. Israel has reacted with anger
after UN passed a resolution condemning Israel settlements on Palestinian territory.8* Trump Tweet: “…things will be
different after Jan. 20th“. PM: “Israel rejects this
shameful resolution”. TOLOG

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Israel UNSC vote, Geeta Guru-Murthy Barbara
Plett- Usher live,
Washington. TOLOG

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has been a day of high drama over a resolution demanding that Israel stop building settlements on
occupied Palestinian territory
.9* …Israeli officials & many US lawmakers from both parties
were quick to condemn the move. As for Trump, he Tweeted: “…things will be different after Jan.
20th“, Jane O’brien with Barbara Plett-Usher live, Washington.

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has reacted with anger after the UNSC passed a resolution condemning Israeli settlements on Palestinian
10* It
happened because the US changed its usual veto policy & abstained. Israel’s
ambassador to the UN said that it was a shameful move. But the US said that it
had long argued against the settlement building. (US & Israeli ambassadors
at UNSC) …settlements are
now considered illegal under int. law11*.
Netanyahu has rejected
the resolution saying that Israel would not abide by its terms. It said that
Israel looks forward to working with Trump to counter what it called the
harmful effect of this resolution. Trump Tweeted: “…things will be different after Jan. 20th“,
Barbara Plett-Usher live, Washington (rep.)

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has reacted with anger… (same as previous), Barbara Plett-Usher reports. …this was a
diplomatic earthquake at the UN. The Americans always support the Israelis
there, they always protect Israel against criticism. So it was a very strong
rebuke as you said & the Israelis are very angry. Obama has only taken this
step right at the end of his administration, so its going to have far less of
an impact than it might have done if he had done it earlier. Now he is really
just putting down a marker. Especially if he is going to be handing over to
Trump, who has shown that he is ready to strongly support the Israeli
government & its policies… YES RLS important TOLOG

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UN vote. Barbara Plett-Usher
reports (rep.) from 000350 Lebo Diseko interviews Khaled Elgindy, Brookings Inst.

is this anything more than symbolic?

I think this is more than symbolic because if it were purely symbolic you
wouldn’t have this sort of angry reaction from the Israeli government or from
Trump. We haven’t seen anything like this in almost 4 decades… the US has
consistently blocked those efforts over the years. But I think now there is a
realization, which may be a little to late, a realization at the Obama
administration, that the stakes are very high. You have a 2 state solution being dismantled literally
on the ground. The possibility of a Palestinian state is being eviscerated by
Israeli settlements
& you have an incoming American administration that is entirely sympathetic
to the settlement enterprise, to very what is the most hard core right wing Israeli government in its

the Israelis for their part would say that the 2 state solution is held up by
Palestinians who are behaving in a violent manner towards Israel. They feel
under a threat as well.

that’s a talking point I understand
but it doesn’t hold up under scrutiny because we had, for example, between 2010
& 2013 or 2014, unprecedented calm, mostly for Israelis. There were
virtually no Israelis killed during that period & yet we saw,
intensification in settlements, we saw
negotiations collapse
, under the auspices of Sen. Mitchell. So in times of
calm & in times of conflict, really the outcome is the same.

I suppose the point is there is less than 4 weeks left of the Obama
administration. —Trump is going to be different. But in actual practical
terms what difference does this make?

it makes a difference at least for setting the historical record straight. This
kind of Orwellian interpretation that by saying no to settlements, & the
language of the resolution, its quite mild, its very balanced, it talks about Palestinian incitement [sic]
& violence
. But also talks about the very problematic nature of
settlements. & everybody
agrees. Israelis, peace minded Israelis, the American administration, the int.
community. Very solid consensus that settlements are destroying the possibility
of a 2 state solution
. 14* If you want to
interpret this as anti Israel, as oppose to anti settlements, than that purely
is a matter of political spin more than it is reality. YES RLS very important TOLOG

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phone call stops UNSC’s Israel vote. Situation that seems unprecedented.
President elect jumping into the Israeli Palestinian conflict 15* even though he has not been sworn in. this is one of the most
complicated foreign policy issue for any leader & on Friday he publicly challenged
the current president by working to stop a UN vote, Elise Labott reports. (report
covers everything she said live) (rep.)

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phone call stops UNSC’s Israel vote. George Howell interviews Larry Sabato,
University of Virginia.

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unprecedented 24 hours on Tweeter. …Trump also openly undermining Obama &
signaling a major shift in diplomatic policy, in another unprecedented move via
social media. calling the Obama administration to veto a USC resolution
condemning Israeli settlement activity just hours before the vote…

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slams Obama, Kerry over UN resolution. Israel is accusing its long time ally
the US, of abandonment because the Obama administration failed to oppose a Security Council resolution condemning
Israeli settlements
. Israel apparently felt so abandoned, it reached out to
US President elect Trump for help, Jonathan
Mann with
Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem, & Stephen Collinson,
CNN  .

Oren tell us what happened & why?

…the latest is a statement fired off by the Israeli government against
president Obama & Kerry. We have never seen a statement this critical;
“president Obama & Kerry are behind this shameful move against Israel
at the UN. Obama could declare his willingness to veto this resolution in an
instant, but instead is pushing it. this is an abandonment of Israel which
breaks decades of US policy of protecting Israel at the UN & undermines the
prospect of working with the next administration advancing peace.” Caption: Israel accuses Obama
administration of abandonment in “shameful move”
. The statement
continues. It says the Obama administration cooked this up with the
Palestinians. Here is the Palestinian response. They say “we have nothing
to say about this. No president has troubled Palestinians in the UN more than
president Obama”. So it seems the Palestinians are also critical of Obama.

is the US behind this resolution. Did they cook it up with the Palestinians?
Presumably it was Egypt that brought the resolution forward?

That is correct. Its not clear exactly why Egypt pulled this resolution… this
is another bitter, & possibly final chapter in the torturous relations
between the Obama administration & the Netanyahu government. Its not the first time of course. The
Israelis have seen fit to go behind Obama’s back on a major issue of policy
they did that of course over the Iran nuclear deal, which they vigorously
opposed. But this administration has been marked by some of the worst
relationship with an Israeli government in many, many years. …it is also s
signal of a big policy shift to come in the Trump administration. The Trump
administration is signaling its going to — much closer to the Netanyahu government.
…& the ambassador chosen Friedman is very close to the Netanyahu government
& the right wing of
Israeli politics
.16* We are seeing
unfolding in real time, a huge shift in US policy towards Israel.

Oren …forgive me if I am putting you on the spot… there are reports in fact,
the phone call went from someone in the Israeli government to Trump, & from
Trump to the president of Egypt. So that this was a favor enacted by the
Egyptians for the President elect. Presumably
of some surprise, & probably consternation to the current elected US government.

Is that your sense of how this unfolded?

basically yes. …there is no doubt, we know from the Israelis, that Israeli
officials spoke with Trump & asked him to work against this UN resolution.
& the Egyptians they said El-Sisi 
spoke with Trump & decided that it will be up to a new
administration to lead the peace process…

RLS very important TOLOG

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– Israel UN vote row. Vote on settlements expected later, Jonathan Mann with Oren
Liebermann live, Jerusalem, & Stephen Collinson, CNN. (same as previous)

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expects UN vote soon over Israeli settlements. …Republicans & even some
Democrats are urging the US to Veto the resolution. Sen. Lindsey Graham going
so far as saying he will threaten to cut off funding to the UN if it moves
forward, Jim Acosta  with Oren Liebermann
& Elise Labott.

…it accused Obama & Kerry of a shameful move of colluding with the
Palestinians & working behind Israel’s back. We knew Netanyahu & Obama
had a strained relation. This is a look at just how ugly that relation is. With
criticism the like we simply have never seen before coming from the Israeli
administration directed right at Obama… 

(Logan act) would it have been a felony for Trump to have done this? We’re
seeing an intervention of almost unprecedented interference with a sitting
president’s policy. Irking the Obama admin cause it’s gone out of its way to
assure the smooth transition of power.


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News. UN passes vote on Israeli settlements. S
abstains. A historic vote at the UNSC, voted by a vote of 14 with on
abstention, to call Israel to halt all settlement activity. That abstention
from the US, which has previously voted to veto any attempt by the UN to
involve itself in Israeli in Israeli settlements. The US has walked a very fine
line but now has crossed over that line & taken a diplomatic measure,
basically taking a diplomatic step, allowing the UNSC to proceed with its
condemnation of Israeli policy. this is a step that Israel has already
criticized & it said that the US has literarily cooked up behind its back. It
said it was a shameful effort by the US, an unusual spat between the close
allies that the US & Israel have been for decades, Jonathan Mann with Oren
Liebermann live, Jerusalem. From 01:27:50 live to UNSC Samantha Power. YES RLS
very important TOLOG

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abstains as UN votes to end Israeli settlements. With Elise Labott & Oren
Liebermann. 01:45:45 interview David Aaron Miller. Miller: …my judgment this was inevitable. It was a train that could not be
stopped. For 8 years the Obama administration – frustrated, paralyzed in the face of what they consider
to be massive increase in settlement activity, undermining the prospects for a
2 state solution
, 17* which I might
add, is at best — & couldn’t even be obtained 14 years ago, at Camp David
under the… in much more ideal conditions. So I think frustration – the Obama
administration has talked tough about settlements for the last 8 years, but with very little concrete efforts to
stop them
. I think they warned Netanyahu
that if he continues the US would not be able, in the face of int. pressure,
“to defend the Israelis”, & they
wanted to shape to some degree the environment going forward
. I think
Labott’s notion that this was a parting shot… I would argue that it is right. It was a parting shot in
defense of what the Obama administration & Kerry believe to be the waning
hopes of a 2 state solution
. 18* My concern however, …the opposite impact of what the administration intended. I can’t even
imagine that Trump has even waited to Tweet & to disavow & to distance
himself personally & after 4 weeks from today, Trump’s policies with
respect to settlements activity. Negative impact no1. He is going to walk away from this, confusing & confounding
American allies in to what exactly the US does stand for when it comes to
stopping Israeli settlement
. I think Netanyahu is going to be under pressure
from his right
to demonstrate that they are not going to take this
sitting down. They may accelerate their activities on the ground, & finally
it may well be, & this is what we do not know, is what the Trump
administration… policy about settlement activity will actually be. But the appointment
of Mr. Friedman suggests that its going
to be a lot less muscular
, to say the least, than the current
administration. It very difficult… to basically engage in an action which has
not been taken probably since the Bush – in terms of allowing such a resolution
to pass. … whatever balance its very difficult at the 11th hour to
do something like this… YES
RLS very important TOLOG

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votes to condemn Israeli settlements. US abstains, did not block it; dispite
heavy lobbying from both Israel & Trump; a dramatic shift from years of the
US shielding Israel from any such censure at the UN; Israel’s ambassador to the
UN reacted furiously to the vote. He said he had no doubt the incoming Trump
administration will usher in a new era in US Israeli relations, Hannah Vaughan
Jones with Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem. Danon statement: “neither the
SC nor UNESCO can sever the ties between the people of Israel & the land of
Israel. It would to expected that Israel’s greatest ally would act in
accordance with the values that we share, & that they veto this disgraceful
resolution. I have no doubt the new administration, & the incoming UN Sec.
Gen. will usher in a new era it terms of the UN’s relationship with
Israel.” TOLOG

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comments on UN vote on Israel settlements. Trump Tweet: “as to the UN,
things will be different after Jan. 20th“.

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Danny Danon live. (full speech. left UNSC before Palestinian began speech)

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resolution condemning Israel passes, Hannah Vaughan Jones interviews Hanan
Ashrawi live (phone). Q’ this has been described as a blow to Israeli policies.
Are you pleased with the vote? A’ …I think we have to understand that all settlements are illegal by
int. law & in accordance with the Rome statures it’s a war crime
19* So there is nothing – or unusual
than the body in charge of rule of law condemns settlements which are a
violation of the rule of law. & this has been a long standing policy of the
US. The only problem is that Israel has always caused(?) the US to support
Israeli impunity & lawlessness. Israel is an occupying power that is in violation of int. law, that is
in violation of Palestinian rights & that its constantly undermining &
destroying the chances of peace by stealing Palestinian land & resources
& culture & history (?) & therefore destroying the 2 state solution
Hanna cuts in. live to UNSC Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour speech. YES RLS very important (Ashrawi)

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resolution condemning Israel passes, Hannah Vaughan Jones with Oren Liebermann
live, Jerusalem. …we just got a response from Netanyahu’s office: “Israel
rejects the shameful anti-Israel resolution at the UN & will not abide by
its term’s. at a at time when the SC does nothing to stop the slaughter of half
a million people in Syria, it disgracefully.. on the one true democracy in the
ME… the Obama administration not only failed to protect Israel against this
gang up at the UN, it colluded with it behind the scenes. Israel looks forward
to working with Trump & with all of our friends in Congress, both Republicans
& Democrats alike, to negate the harmful effects of this absurd
resolution” TOLOG

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demands end to Israeli settlements. US abstains, Richard Quest with Oren
Liebermann live, Jerusalem. (nothing new). …(why US abstained didn’t vote in
favor) resolution was missing parts. Palestinian incitements, glorification of
terrorism, but at its core, & this is the reason the US abstained – settlements. Plain &
simple settlement construction, & settlement expansion in the West Bank
They made clear a few points. They said Netanyahu himself has said this is the
most pro settlement government in Israeli history. meanwhile settlement plans
continue as those settlements expand & the settlement population grows. The US made it very clear, that was at the
heart of the abstention
. YES RLS important TOLOG

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demands end to Israeli settlements. US abstains, Richard Quest with Elise
Labott. TOLOG

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disgraceful, absurd. Those are some of the words that Israelis are calling
today’s UN resolution. …Only hours after the vote Israel has retaliated against
2 of the security council members that sponsored the resolution. Israel ordered
its ambassadors to New Zealand & Senegal to immediately return home for
consultations. Israel is also cancelling all aid programs to Senegal. …the vote
was overwhelming after the US abstained, ending years of protecting Israel
against just such rebukes at the UN, Elise Labott reports. In total defiance of
Israel, the incoming president & even members of his own party Obama
refused to veto a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements, allowing it to
pass the SC resoundingly. A rare abandonment of a long held US tenet to have to
– at the UN. Power: “this resolution reflects facts on the ground & is
consistent with US policy across Republican & Democratic administrations
throughout the history of the state of Israel that the US did not veto it”.
Obama had long held the settlements
were an obstacle to peace
.22* A huge source of conflict with
Netanyahu. Israel’s UN ambassador said in a statement he had expected his
countries “greatest ally to act in accordance with the values that we
share & that they would have vetoed this disgraceful resolution”. YES
RLS important TOLOG

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UN vote is victory for justice. Richard Quest. Danny Danon at UNSC; Israel
furious with UN vote condemning settlements, Richard Quest with Oren Liebermann
live. Q’ how is it being portrayed in Israel. Is it being seen in the sense of
a personal animus between Netanyahu & Obama? A’ that is certainly coming
through in the statements that we are seeing from Netanyahu’s office. TOLOG 7120

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retaliates against nations behind UN resolution. Israel says it will not
comply; Richard Quest with Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem. All of the Israeli
leaders are calling this an anti Israel resolution. They say it doesn’t help peace,
in fact it sets peace back by entrenching the Palestinian position… Israel’s
position has long been that its not settlements that are the obstacles to
peace. but as we just saw what was an overwhelming defeat for Israel at the UN,
no country agree with them, & the best they got was an abstention from the
US, & the US made it clear that settlements, absolutely the reason that
they decided to abstain… YES RLS important TOLOG

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House defends vote on Israeli settlements, Ben Rhodes: we just concluded a $38
Billion ten year MOU for security assistance to Israel. We have had
unprecedented security cooperation with Israel under this administration. But
the fact of the matter is for years we have expressed grave concern about
continued Israeli settlement construction. & the fact is this settlement construction pushes far
outside the boundry of even the security barrier that the Israelis built. Its
deep into the West Bank. Deep into what anybody who looks at the issue would
consider to be a future Palestinian state. 23*
& just the
other day, recently Netanyahu said this is the most pro-settlement government
in Israeli history. & he said that with pride. & the fact is we can’t
just stand on the sideline as as these trends take place. They threaten the viability of a 2 state solution &
the peace that we want for the Israeli people & the region
YES RLS very important TOLOG

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criticized for breaking transition protocol, Richard Quest interviews Ron
Brownstein, CNN political analyst.

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Berman. Just hours ago an earthquake rocked the geopolitical world. UNSC passed
a resolution condemning Israeli settlements, & US diplomats, for the first
time in more than 3 decades, did nothing to stop it. ….Israel, no surprise is
furious. So are many US officials across party lines. John Berman with Elise
Labott live, Washington. TOLOG

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demands end to Israeli settlements. US abstains. John Berman interviews Aaron
David Miller & Prof. Julian Zelizer, history Princeton U.  .

I don’t think there is any question that Obama had consistently opposed
settlements. But, its hard to read this as anything other than a parting shot
at Netanyahu?

I think that is basically right although its driven I think not so much by
personal animus, as by increasing frustration that all of his messages to the PM, about
constraining settlement activity, trying to create the best environment
conduced for negotiations
.25* The Palestinians have their
problems in that regard as well but not been heeded. & I think growing frustration & a
certain amount of resentment over failure to move this process forward
left, I guess, an opportunity to send a stronger message & a stronger
signal with 4 weeks. I think that is the problem. With 4 weeks to go in his

you could also look at this in terms of Obama’s legacy. The message he wants to
leave behind. It seems he is trying to send a message that says, look, I am
against settlements. & I am going to say it loud & clear & I want
the world to know that going forward.

Yes this is something he has been pretty consistent on. he started his
presidency dealing with this issue & trying to get a curb on settlements. ***
no mention of failure This is in part
a message to Israel, in part it is about his legacy, & in part it comes out
of the fear that under Trump the shift is going to be much more toward
settlement & towards what Netanyahu wants & I think he is trying to
check that. I don’t think its going to work. I actually think this might have
the opposite effect & I think that’s what Obama is trying to do.

the opposite effect. Aaron you feel the same way. You think this could actually
end up backfiring on Obama in a way? Miller: I think this is a big Migraine
headache for the administration. …the consequences of this will in fact be
precisely the opposite of whatever the administration intended. Trump is going
to walk away from this. He already has in signaling that we are going to have a
different policy towards the UN. There will be much stronger statements I
suspect in the days to come. The Israelis will fell emboldened because in the
first paragraph of that resolution they talk about the fact that settlements
have no legal validity. & this is the first time in 3 administrations, 3 of
which I have been a part, in which any administration chose language that
addressed the illegality of the settlements question. & finally I think in
large part it will give the incoming administration a wider margin, much more
discretion to demonstrate a sharp break with the Obama policy, with respect to
Israel & to ameliorate tension & give the Israelis more leeway on the
ground to continue settlement expansions.

we like to say there is only one president at a time. But he is only the
president for another 28 days. & to do something like this with this type
of impact, I was having a hard time remembering when a president made such a
bold, & I am not saying good or bad, made such a bold move with so little
time left.

yes this is not just making a bold move, with little time left, its making a
bold move with someone who is replacing him who is going in a very different
direction, & won’t really care about the messages that he sent. In fact
Trump is – as Obama is trying to deal with this. It’s a high risk maneuver when
you lose control after doing something this controversial. & I do think it
will embolden Trump, & it might win him some support here in the US that he
otherwise wouldn’t have.

you would think that there are a lot of Democratic Jews who are pro Israel, who
may all of a sudden look towards Trump. Trump said after Jan. 20th
things will be different. Do you think, Lindsey Graham suggested the US should
pull funding from the UN. Do you think that that is a possibility?  Miller: no. every president to a degree
campaigns against the inefficiency of the UN… I think Trump is going to make
changes in policy with respect to the US-Israeli relationship. I think you will
see a much closer coordination & cooperation on Iran. I think there is a
reasonable chance that the embassy in Tel Aviv will in fact be moved, in
symbolic or practical fashion to Jerusalem. & I think in part they may well
point to tensions in the Obama administration, as laying the predicate for
creating a different kind of relationship. & certainly in the UN, much
along the lines of the Obama administration, until the end, there will be very
little tolerance or support for any Palestinian or Arab state effort, to
isolate or delegitimize Israel in the int. arena. YES RLS very important (DWM?) TOLOG

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slams Obama over UN vote on settlements. 
John Berman interviews David Drucker, Washington Examiner & Alice
Stewart, Trump supporter & Jonathan Tasini, Democratic Strategist.

there has been an enormous amount of criticism of Obama & the fact the US
abstained from Republicans, from Democrats certainly from Israel. But one of
things you hear, particularly from Republicans, is that Obama is the least
friendly president to Israel that we have ever seen or in decades. But in fact,
this was the one time …that they abstained, or they voted against Israel, or
they acted I should say against Israel at the UN. When George W. Bush it
happened in his administration a few times, George HW bush it happened in his
administration a few times, Reagan it happened in his administration a few
times, so why is Obama getting a worst wrap for it than his predecessors did?

I think you bring up a good point. Past presidents,, Dems & Repub., have
had their moments when they weren’t exactly friendly to Israel in terms of
policy. so this isn’t necessarily something completely out of bounds. But I
think what is out of —  what is
different here, by abstaining on an issue like this, as sensitive as this,
& in a sense putting the burden on Israel for the failure for peace talks
to work or… it rubs a lot of people the wrong way. Because look you have a mess
in Syria, you have a rising Iran with a questionable nuclear deal, but all of
the attention & all is focused at Israel which is the one liberal democracy
in the region, & an ally of ours. & I think that is what is so unique
about this situation & the fact that it is done less than one month before
leaves office. So it is seen as a parting shot. Its not like this is happening
at the beginning of the Obama administration, as a beginning shift in policy
that he can see thru.

Israel is a democracy in the region in a sea of dictatorships & they should
be close to the US president. & Obama has shunned him every time he had the
opportunity to do so. One encouraging thing though – we do know that Trump will
have no daylight between the US Israel. They are our best allies in the region
& he has made it quite clear that there will be no better friends to our
allies, & no worst enemy to our foes than Trump. & Israel is someone
that we need to continue relations with.

look as a Jew, someone who has
lived there, half the family who lives there, thank god that Obama has done
.27* I think he should have done this 8 years ago. Lets be
very clear. The US has been a renegade around the world on this question. The entire int. community, including
our European allies see the settlements as an illegal occupation
& 60% of Israelis in a recent poll say that they think that the settlements
are a barrier & a bad thing in terms of relations with the US. So the
Israelis themselves support this kind of move. YES RLS very important TOLOG

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vows it will not comply with the UNSC resolution that condemns Israeli
settlement activity & demands that construction stops. Its also taking
diplomatic actions. Netanyahu has ordered Israel’s ambassadors to New Zealand
& Senegal to return to Israel for consultations, & he wants aid
programs for Senegal terminated. …Israel is now accusing the US of colluding
with the UN. The US decision to abstain highlights the growing frustration the Obama administration has felt
over Israel’s continued settlement activity
,29* Elise Labott
Reports (rep.)

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carpenter makes beer fit for wise men. ..the 3 wise men now appearing in the form
of a local craft beer, Ian Lee reports. Something is brewing in the little town
of Bethlehem… a one man operation in the basement of this Palestinian
Christian’s house.  

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Israel has angrily rejected
a UNSC resolution which demands a halt to settlement building on occupied
Palestinian land. Netanyahu condemned it as shameful & absurd. A
Palestinian spokesman said the resolution represented a victory for int. law, Barbara
Plett-Usher reports. In a rare show of unity
the UNSC passed judgment on
Israeli settlements. (SC applauding vote) voting that they have become a
serious threat to a viable peace deal with the Palestinians30*.
was that conviction which led the US to withhold its customary protection of
Israel at the council. Although not without much soul-searching. Samantha Power:
“…because there are important issues that are not sufficiently addressed
in this resolution, & because the US does not agree with every word in this
text, that the US did not vote in favor of the resolution”. The Israelis
have managed to delay but not prevent the vote. They felt betrayed by their
allies, especially angry about condemnation of their construction in occupied E. Jerusalem31*.
Danon: “who gave you the right to issue statute decree denying out eternal
rights in Jerusalem”. Israel has long – policy of building Jewish
settlements on Arab land captured during the 1967 war. It insists it has the
legal right to do this, but most of the world disagrees. & the UN
resolution will make that argument even more difficult. Halting settlements was the focus of Obama’s attempt to
broker peace 32*.
He failed twice. Resorting to the UN was his
final act. The Palestinians embraced it as a victory to int. law. But they
can’t expect the same from Obama’s successor Trump, who sided with the Israeli
government on this. The UN resolution could become a reference for further
moves against Israel in int. forums, but not for the next US administration, YES
RLS very important TOLOG (see BBC 241216 1400-1600 ttl3 ch4 tl 000555)

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Israel UN vote, Tom Donkin with Yolande Knell live,
Bethlehem. …this is really
seen UNSC resolution) as something of a Christmas present.33*

They have lobbied hard at the SC …to have something like this. A resolution
which condemns Israeli settlement building very strongly. It says they have no legal validity,
they are a flagrant violation of int. law under the Geneva convention… &
they should be stopped to salvage the 2 state solution.34*
here in Bethlehem …I can see some of the settlements that surround us. There
are about 600,000 Israeli settlers who live in the West Bank & E Jerusalem,
& the Palestinians
consistently say that they are an obstacle to peace…35*
even as the vote happened, just as Israeli officials were going into the Jewish
Sabbath, unusually they broke from their usual custom & came out criticizing
the resolution very strongly… YES RLS very important TOLO

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Preparations for Christmas
are in full swing in Bethlehem. …violence in the area has calmed in recent
months, though there were clashes between Palestinian demonstrators, many
dressed as Santa Clause & Israeli soldiers, Tom Donkin with Yolande Knell live, Bethlehem. …this is a route
that the Church leaders have taken (from Jerusalem to Bethlehem) for many
years. It’s a traditional route. But now when they come its not as easy as it
used to be, because they have to pass thru the separation barrier, the wall,
which is a 8 meter high concrete wall that surrounds the edge of Bethlehem… YES
RLS important TOLOG

BBC 241216 1400-1600 ttl3
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as BBC 241216 1000-1200 ttl1 ch1 tl 000045 but expanded

has angrily rejected a UNSC resolution which demands a halt to settlement
building on occupied Palestinian land. Netanyahu condemned it as shameful &
absurd. A Palestinian spokesman said the resolution represented a victory for
int. law, Barbara Plett-Usher reports. In a
rare show of unity the UNSC passed judgment on Israeli settlements. (SC
applauding vote) voting that they have become a serious threat to a viable
peace deal with the Palestinians. It was that conviction which led the US to
withhold its customary protection of Israel at the council. Although not without
much soul-searching. Power: “…because there are important issues that are
not sufficiently addressed in this resolution, & because the US does not
agree with every word in this text, that the US did not vote in favor of the
resolution”. The Israelis have managed to delay but not prevent the vote.
They felt betrayed by their allies, especially angry about condemnation of
their construction in occupied E. Jerusalem. Danon: “who gave you the
right to issue statute decree denying out eternal rights in Jerusalem”.
Israel has long – policy of
building Jewish settlements on Arab land captured during the 1967 war.
It insists it has the legal right to do this, but most of the world
disagrees. & the UN resolution will make that argument even more difficult.
Halting settlements was the focus of Obama’s attempt to broker peace. He failed
twice. Resorting to the UN was his final act. The Palestinians embraced it as a victory to int. law.37*
Erekat: ”This is a
historic day. The international community have stood tall. For peace for hope.
The international community unanimously rejected the policies of the Israeli
. But they can’t expect the same from Obama’s
successor Trump, who sided with the Israeli government on this. The UN
resolution could become a reference for further moves against Israel in int.
forums, but not for the next US administration,

YES RLS very important TOLOG

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Christmas in Bethlehem, Yolande
Knell, Bethlehem.

BBC 241216 1400-1600 ttl3
ch39 tl 011310 David Eades with Alan

Israel has angrily rejected
a UNSC resolution which demands a halt to settlement building on occupied
Palestinian land. Netanyahu said Israel wouldn’t abide by the terms of the
resolution which he described as shameful… David Eades with Alan Johnston live.

Eades: it’s a bold statement from an
outgoing President
. What’s the significance, what does it amount to this

A’ of course it
is non binding & the Israelis have made it abundantly clear that they won’t
be bound by this. In fact it wouldn’t be a surprise if we were to see in the
weeks & months ahead more settlement activity in response. This was a large
dramatic diplomatic moment in the UN, the like of which we haven’t seen for a
long time. The Israelis
were delivered a significant & humiliating diplomatic blow here on this
major issue, their great ally the US, abandoned them39*
. They
were condemned by the int. community without a friend in the world. Important
countries like France, Britain, Russia, China, all backed this resolution, an
indication of deep
frustration, particularly in Europe regarding the settlements that view that
they are inimical to any hope of peace40*
. So those strong
diplomatic signals that were sent, the world is saying its not going to wearily
accept the settlement project. & the Palestinians, their supporters &
others who oppose the settlements will feel that their position is being
reinforced by this.

Q’ one wonders
for how long. Obviously Trump has made it clear he is a big friend of Israel,
he will be a friend of Netanyahu. He is going to be in power in 2 weeks time.

A’ a blow delivered by the White
House in the very dying days of Obama’s presidency. The Palestinians will wish
that he had done something like this in the first month of his presidency,
rather than the very last.41*
You are absolutely right. Big
change is coming. Trump is about to move into the White House & he has made
it very clear that he opposed the resolution, broke with the normal protocol…
& tried to derail the resolution. At first it looked as he might succeed in
doing that. But the Israeli government rightly sees much easier days are to
come. its  likely to get on very much
easier with the Trump administration. Trump has appointed the man that he wants
to be the ambassador to Israel, David Friedman who is personally
pro-settlements & opposes the 2 state solution. YES RLS very important TOLOG

BBC 241216
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Yolande Knell reports. These Israeli homes are on
land which the Palestinians want for their promised future states
There are now some 600,000 Israelis living in the occupied West Bank & E
Jerusalem & the number is growing. In a rare show of unity the UNSC passed
its judgment on the Jewish settlements. “14 vote in favor” describing
them as a flagrant violation of int. law & a threat to any peace deal with
the Palestinians. Crucially the US didn’t use its veto power in Israel’s favor
as it usually does. Power: “it is because this resolution reflects the
facts on the ground, & is consistent with US policy across Republican &
Democratic administrations throughout the history of the state of Israel, that
the US did not veto it”. Israel disagrees that settlements built on land
captured in 1967 are illegal. At the UN it felt betrayed by its closest ally.
& was especially angry about criticism of building in E Jerusalem. Danon:
“who gave you the right to issue statute decree denying our eternal rights
in Jerusalem. This holy book, the Bible, contains 3,000 years of history of the
Jewish people in the land of Israel. No one, no one can change this
history”. officially Israel rejects the resolution, & says it looks
forward to working with US president elect Trump. On Tweeter he said things
will be different when he is in office: “as to the UN, things will be
different after Jan. 20th“. Here in Bethlehem Palestinians are gathering for their
annual Christmas parade, they have something extra to celebrate. They are
calling this resolution a victory & & hope it will help them in int.
(?). but Israel says it won’t change its policy on
settlements & its counting on the next US administration to support. YES RLS very important TOLOG

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Israel UN vote. Yolande
Knell interviews Mustafa Barghouti.

Barghouti: it gives us a
very strong instrument to fight back the Israeli illegal settlements that are killing
the possibility of a 2 state solution
44*. But also this is a
very important resolution because it reminds everybody, with the int. court of
justice resolution, that all Israeli changes in the occupied territories must be reversed including
the annexation of E Jerusalem
It will give us a very strong base for diplomatic actions, for struggle on the ground &
even for demanding boycott & divestment & sanctions against Israel for
violating int. law46*

Q’ we already have Trump
promising a different approach when he takes office… how do the Palestinians
respond to that?

A’ the value of the
resolution ensured unanimous int. support to the rights of the Palestinian
people. If the American President wants to be against int. law, & wants to
violate himself int. law by supporting Israeli settlement, he will be making a
problem for himself. But at the end of the day if he proceeds with not
accepting this resolution, this would mean the
end of the possibility of the US having any serious role in any peace process
in the future
. They cannot be
totally bias to Israel
& a mediator at the same time.

Q’ there is a lot going on
with Israeli politics at the moment regarding the settlements. Does that make
it extra significant coming at this time?

A’ Absolutely. It means that
any rational Israeli should
realize that proceeding with settlement activities means the end of the 2 state
. If that’s what they want they’re most welcome.
Would they accept a one state solution? The thing that they should all
understand, & I think the resolution shows it, that we the Palestinians will never give
up on our rights48*
. We will never accept to be slaves with
apartheid or the system of occupation or annexation. We’ll struggle for our
freedom in any form. At the end of the day the Israelis will have to
decide. Are they going to continue this occupation that has become the longest
in modern history. 50 years of occupation is enough. 50 years of conflict is
. Time
for real peace. & real peace means the end of settlements. 49*.
This is exactly what this UN resolution said. YES RLS very important (DWM)TOLOG

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Israel UN vote, Yolande
Knell (short on camera report) Bethlehem. …its been welcomed (resolution) by
all the different Palestinian political factions & they are hoping it will
strengthen their legal case when they pursue action against Israel in the int.
courts. YES RLS important TOLOG

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Israel is re-evaluating all
its contacts with the UN including its funding UN institutions & the
presence of UN representatives in Israel. Netanyahu made the announcement a day
after the UNSC passed a resolution demanding a halt to Israeli settlement
building on occupied Palestinian land. He also praised Trump. He suggested he
will reverse America’s position on the issue at the UN after his inauguration.
Netanyahu: “the decision that was taken at the Un yesterday was part of
the swan song with the old world bias against Israel. We are entering a new era
& as Trump said yesterday this is going to happen much quicker than people
think”. Yolande Knell (short on camera report) Bethlehem.

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Israel is re-evaluating its
whole relationship with the UN… Yolande Knell (short on camera report)

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Israel vows to defy a
controversial UNSC resolution. …Israel is also taking diplomatic actions.
Netanyahu has ordered Israel’s ambassadors to New Zealand & Senegal to
return to Israel for consultations, & he wants aid programs for Senegal
terminated… the US action highlights the Obama’s administrations frustration
over Israel’s continued settlements activity & the lack of progress towards
a peace deal, Elise Labott reports. Tonight the Obama administration poured
salt in an already openly wounded relationship with Israel. Abstaining from a
controversial vote at the UN to condemn Israeli settlements in disputed
territories. Power: “it is because this resolution reflect the facts on
the ground, & is consistent with US policy… that the US did not veto
it.” …the US ambassador to the UN told the SC the US was not abandoning
Israel, even though the US has traditionally wielded its veto to protect the
Jewish state on votes regarding settlements. Power: “our vote today is
fully in line with the bi-partisan history of how American presidents have
approached both the issue, & the role of this body”. Obama has long
held the settlements are an obstacle to peace. But the vote today in the waning
days of Obama’s presidency was seen by some as a parting shot at Netanyahu, who
at times has clashed with Obama. After the resolution passed Trump Tweeted:
“as to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20th.”
Israel’s UN ambassador said in a statement he had expected his countries
“greatest ally to act in accordance with the values that we share &
that they would have vetoed this disgraceful resolution”. & he said
the Trump administration will be more sympathetic. The vote brought to a head a
standoff between the current & future presidents over ME peace. It was
initially delayed Thursday after a diplomatic scramble by Netanyahu. …(Trump,
Sisi etc.). today other members reintroduced it. behind the scenes officials
complained Trump’s interference runs a foul with the long standing tradition
that a President elect does not interfere with an outgoing president’s
administration, especially in foreign policy. …Trump’s new spokesman made clear
this president elect won’t be staying on the sideline until he takes office. Netanyahu’s
office is accusing Obama, & his administration, of colluding behind the
scenes against Israel, something the white House has vehemently denied. Israel
says it is looking forward working with the Trump administration to negate the
effects of this resolution & has recalled its ambassadors from countries
who voted for it (RLS – WRONG!). YES RLS very important TOLOG

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says it will continue building settlements, (before brief & Ben Rhodes) George
Howell with Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem. Netanyahu is furious. Not only at
the resolution but also at Obama for not casting a veto… Israel’s position,
& specifically Netanyahu’s position has been that settlements are not the
obstacle to peace… we have never seen a lash-out like this from the Israeli
government at the American government. (reads statement)

what is the Palestinian reaction to this?

a reason to celebrate… many Palestinians sort of given up hope, that Abbas
& Obama can make any mark on the conflict & they are glad that he did.
Part of the statement from the Palestinian ambassador to the UN:” after years of allowing the
law to be trampled & the situation spiraled downwards, today’s resolution
may rightly be seen as the last attempt to preserve the 2 state solution &
revive the path for peace.” 50*
…the resolution at the SC is
a non binding resolution. It is effectively a recommendation & guidelines. For
it to have practical effect it needs follow up moves at the UN. Trump has
indicated that he will stop any follow up moves from going thru. So at least
for the next 4 years this resolution may not really change anything on the
ground in terms of the conflict. YES RLS important TOLOG

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denounces measure as “shameful”, George Howell with Oren Liebermann
live, Jerusalem. (same as previous) TOLOG

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denounces measure as shameful. (brief & Ben Rhodes explains); Richard Quest
with Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem. …Q’ when Trump takes office… we have
already seen his ambassador to Israel, Mr. Greenblatt the new security advisor
on int. negotiations. There must be a certain relief, as seen from the Israeli
point of view, that frankly all they’ve got to do is mark time? A’ relief I
think is even an understatement. I think they are excited to work not only with
Trump, but who he has appointed to ambassador to Israel & who appointed for
special negotiations. These are people who are far more closely aligned with
how Netanyahu sees the world, & specifically how he sees the ME & the
conflict. I suspect Netanyahu can’t wait for these 3 weeks to be over… Q’ from
the Palestinian point of view, they must regard the arrival of Trump with
equally opposed — ? A’ absolutely. Erekat said if Trump really follows thru
on his promise to move the embassy to Jerusalem, & follow thru on his
promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, they’ve said that is
the death of a 2 state solution… YES RLS important TOLOG

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denounces UNSC anti settlement resolution, Richard Quest with Oren Liebermann
live Jerusalem (nothing new). Quest interviews Martin Indyk live. Q’ lets use
unchristian language. All the US has served to do here without vetoing, is
piss-off the Israelis, who know that from Jan. 20th, its
meaningless. A’ you have to appreciate —(sound) this comes after repeated
efforts to get Israel to pay attention to the Obama’s administration — which
has by all previous, Republican or Democrats about settlement activity. In the recent year —
activity gone wild, particularly beyond the barrier in the heart of the West
Bank where there are now 90,000 Israeli settlers51*
interview due to bad connection) YES RLS important TOLOG

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celebrates Christmas eve.

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denounces UNSC anti settlement resolution, …Netanyahu has lashed out at the
Obama administration in some extremely undiplomatic language. Accusing it of
colluding with the UN. Netanyahu says Israel will not abide by the terms of the
resolution Richard Quest with Oren Liebermann live Jerusalem.

revenge is a dish best served up cold, they always say. I suppose in Jerusalem,
in Tel Aviv this is how president’s Obama decision is being viewed?

now that the Sabbath has ended here we are getting some responses from some of
the religious ministers. They make Netanyahu’s statements perhaps look tame in
comparison. & for what that revenge will look like. many of them are
calling on more construction in settlements, more construction in E Jerusalem
& annexation of the settlements. Exactly what they were criticized for in
this US resolution. that is what some of the ministers, including the deputy
foreign minister who is in Netanyahu’s own party, plan on doing… the entire
world stands at odds with Israel on this position… YES RLS important TOLOG

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re-evaluating relations with UN, Jonathan Mann with Oren Liebermann live,
Jerusalem. Q’ Netanyahu seems to want to punish just about every institution it
is within his power to punish? A’ you are absolutely right he is making
diplomatic moves against just about everyone that stood against Israel at the
UNSC. & he is making diplomatic moves in terms of his criticism of Obama.
Saying he passed a shameful anti Israel resolution. This certainly isn’t going
to earn him any friends, & yet you get the idea how furious Netanyahu &
the government are… Q’ there has always been a kind of  a tension between the Israeli government
& the UN… but the tension between Israel & the US seems particularly
bitter & I don’t know if unprecedented is too strong a word. Are there any
voices in Israel concerned about just how badly the Netanyahu government is
burning its bridges with the outgoing Obama administration? Q’ Israel’s
tortured relationship with the UN. Thinking back to time when the UN declared
that Zionism is racism. Israelis have had a certain kind of anger, maybe even
contempt towards the pronouncements that emerged from the UN. Why then would
this be so important. Why is this seen as such a wound to Israel that is
requiring this kind of response? A’ part of it is the fact that Israel feels
that its singled out. More so than any other country, & that’s what the US
acknowledged when Power cast her vote. That’s what the Sec. Gen. Ban Ki-Moon
acknowledged in his speech before the SC that Israel is discriminated against
at the UN… the SC is unable to pass resolutions on South Sudan, on Syria, but
the second you say Israel resolutions get passed instantly. That is why Israel
has looked at the UN with such a negative eye, & this is an extension of
that. Criticism of settlements & criticism of what they see as unfair
criticism of Israel. YES RLS very important TOLOG

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flock holy sites in and around Jerusalem, Jonathan
Mann with
Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem.

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& Hanukkah coincide this year. First time Hanukkah & Christmas Eve have
coincided since 1978.

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& Jewish youth come together in music, the “Symphony of Peace”,
Oren Liebermann reports. Andras Schiff, musician, conductor (Jewish. Son of
Holocaust survivors): “music cannot solve all the problems. But it does
have a very special healing power. I believe in that”. The Galilee
Orchestra, a culmination of years of work from Polyphony, the organization that
brings together Arabs & Jewish children thru the power of music. 10,000
children a year take part in Polyphony’s programs. Mais Hreish, (Arab) Alumna:
“…if you can do music together then you can do everything together”. …in
music these young men & women build bridges that span across Jewish &
Arab cultures. Perhaps then it is music that can succeed where words have
failed. YES RLS important TOLOG

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held at Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, , Jonathan Mann with Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem.

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Israel re-evaluating relations with the UN. …Netanyahu has declared that Israel
will immediately cancel contributions to 5 UN organizations. He is promising
that more steps will follow. Netanyahu says his country won’t abide by what he
calls a shameful resolution.

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Legacy of Barak Obama, Fareed Zakaria. …the late publisher of the Washington
Post Philip Graham once said that Journalism is the first
rough draft of history. RLS

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Israel re-evaluating relations with the UN. (same as previous) …Sen. Lindsey
graham wants the US to pull funding unless the council repeals the resolution.
Graham: “…Israel gave Gaza completely to the Palestinians years ago. They
withdrew. They got 10,000 rockets fired from the Gaza strip controlled by Hamas.
Who in the hell is Israel supposed to do peace with? …we are going to suspend
funding to the PA until they stop paying young Palestinians to murder innocent
people.” Trump’s team says it has on hands on deck working to kill the
resolution. YES RLS important TOLOG

BBC 251216 1800-2000 ttl2
ch2 tl 000610 Reged Ahmad with Alan Johnston live.

Netanyahu has ordered his
foreign ministry to summon & reprehend the ambassadors from countries on
the UNSC. Netanyahu is furious that the UN vote to condemn Israel’s building of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank &
E. Jerusalem.
At a cabinet Netanyahu criticized the US but praised the
incoming administration. Netanyahu: “over decades the American
administrations & Israeli governments have disagreed about settlements but
we agreed that the SC was not the place to resolve this issue. We knew that
going there would make negotiations harder
& drive peace further away
. & as I told Kerry on Thu., friends
don’t take friends to the SC. I am encouraged by the statements of our friends
in the US Republicans & Democrats alike. They understand how reckless &
destructive this UN resolution was. They understand that the Western Wall isn’t occupied territory. I look forward to
working with old friends & with the new administration…”.  

Reged Ahmad with Alan Johnston live.

Q’ why is Israel taking this action, why are they so upset?

A’ make no
mistake. This was a really big moment at the UN. Real diplomatic drama. Year
after year we have watched the Americans use their veto to protect Israel
against resolutions of this kind. But not this time. Suddenly the Israelis
found themselves without a friend
in the world on that very important diplomatic stage & the message that the
int. community sent could hardly have been stronger it condemned the Israeli
settlement building project in the occupied territories as illegal & a
flagrant violation of int. law52*
.  Now the Israelis see the legal position
entirely differently. They are not going to accept that verdict for one moment.
They argue that they are endlessly mistreated by the UN, which they say is biased
against Israel again & again. So you see the Israelis now on a major
diplomatic offensive & the reprimanding of the ambassadors on Christmas day
is just one front Netanyahu, also has the UN itself in his sights. He’s ordered
a review of all his countries relations with the world body, & some funding
will be  cut to some of its agencies. One
of the smaller countries behind the moving of that resolution, Senegal, has
felt Israel’s wrath to economic funding for aid projects have been cut. Israel
is showing that diplomatically & economically it is hitting back.  

Q’ …there is a
change coming very soon. Does that mean it’s all going to blow over?

A’ the real focus
of Netanyahu’s anger is the Obama administration. He clearly feels that the
Obama administration maneuvered behind the scenes to deliver this diplomatic
blow. Relations between the two sides have always been fairly poor but they are
dire at the moment. But you are absolutely right. The Israelis know very well
that the mood is about to change dramatically… & there is every indication
that Trump will be a friend of Israel. The Israelis are confident that better
days in terms of diplomatic relations with Washington, for them, are coming. YES RLS very important TOLOG

BBC 261216
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interviews Jonathan Schanzer, Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Netanyahu has
held talks with the US ambassador after summoning him to explain why the US
cleared the way for a UNSC resolution criticizing Israel. At his weekly cabinet
meeting Netanyahu criticized the US but praised the incoming Trump
administration. Netanyahu: “over decades the American administrations
& Israeli governments have disagreed about settlements but we agreed that
the SC was not the place to resolve this issue. We knew that going there would
make negotiations harder & drive peace further away. & as I told Kerry
on Thu. friends don’t take friends to the SC.”

Lebo Diseko interviews Jonathan Schanzer, Foundation for Defense of

Q’ why has the
Obama administration decided to do this so late in the day?

A’ I think this
was really untenable for the outgoing president. While
he was trying to continue to bring the Democrats on board, especially, that he
couldn’t do this to Hillary Clinton while she was still in play. I think
actually if Clinton had won the election I think it would be very likely that
she probably would have told him not to do this because it would have
encumbered her ability to negotiate with the Palestinians & Israelis once
she came to office. But once Trump was elected I think the president felt
untethered & it appears now that he may even
take further steps including a parameters speech, & perhaps even yet one
more UN resolution.

Q’ you are
saying that this is something that Obama may have wanted to do for quite a
while but he had limitations on him, now those limitations have gone.

A’ absolutely
correct. We call this period the lame duck period. The president can
essentially wrap up loose ends. Usually that means commuting sentences or
pardoning people who are in jail. Perhaps some final touches on legislation
that he seeks to pass. This is highly irregular. This is a major move against a
US ally & obviously this stems I think in large part to his grudge match
with Netanyahu. Its no secret these to have not gotten along for the entire 8
years… this does look like a parting shot. A slap if you will.

Q’ how did their
relationship deteriorate to this degree?

A’ part of it
has to do with the fact that Obama had some different views from Netanyahu at
the beginning of the Arab Spring. The Israelis were very wary of Obama’s trust
in the Muslim Brotherhood. From there we also saw the Iran deal which Israel
strenuously objected to & that of course led to Netanyahu coming &
speaking before congress to object to the Iran deal which really the President
did not appreciate very much. & then of course there is the question of
settlements. Israel’s insistence that it be able to build on places, in
particular where George W bush had already given them a green light. Obama has
not agreed on settlements being built anywhere & threatened to do this
& now saw it through.

YES RLS very important TOLOG

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re-evaluating relations with UN,

Oren Liebermann
reports. …Israel has decried this resolution & Netanyahu has condemned it
being anti Israel & counterproductive to peace. (steps against UN);
…Netanyahu has said he will not abide by this resolution, that Israel will not
comply with it. his government ministers have called on more construction in
the settlements, more construction in E. Jerusalem. Some have even called on
Israel to annex part or all of the West bank. Netanyahu saved his fiercest
criticism for Obama & Kerry who he accuses of colluding behind Israel’s
back to get this passed at the SC. He made it very clear he is done working
with Obama & is very ready to work with Trump with whom he has a strong
relationship & will start with a clean slate. Palestinian leaders say this resolution was long
They hoped Obama would have made a move on the
conflict a long time ago & that’s why they say they have been waiting for
this for some time. They say it will hold Israel responsible for its
construction & expansion of settlements. They say its now up to Israel as
to what it wants to do. if it wants to abide by this resolution. So far all
indications are absolutely not. YES RLS very important TOLOG

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(brief) Israel
summons ambassadors over UN vote. Israel continues to fume over the UN
resolution. The foreign ministry says it summoned ambassadors from 10 countries
that backed the SC measure to express its deep anger.

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Netanyahu summons US ambassador. Israel is blasting the US over UN vote…
Netanyahu: : “over decades the American administrations & Israeli
governments have disagreed about settlements but we agreed that the SC was not
the place to resolve this issue. We knew that going there would make negotiations
harder & drive peace further away. & as I told Kerry on Thu. friends
don’t take friends to the SC. I am encouraged by the
statements of our friends in the US, Republicans & Democrats alike. They
understand how reckless & destructive this resolution was. They understand
that the Western Wall isn’t occupied territory. I look forward to working with
those friends & with the new administration…”

Richard Quest
with Oren Liebermann
live, Jerusalem.

Q’…that sound
bite was not intended for the people of Israel?

A’ no it wasn’t.
in my time here in Jerusalem I have never seen an English statement at a
cabinet meeting… that is not ever a statement made for the wider world, until
now. I that gives you an idea of how angry he is…

Q’ so he has thrown down the gauntlet
in a most undiplomatic way
. …what
does he expect Trump & his ambassador to do?

A’ …I think Netanyahu expects they won’t see any of that
criticism (regarding settlements), at least much, much less of that criticism
under Trump. & especially under Trump’s pick for ambassador…

Q’ the US has always been seen in Israel’s court. But the nature of the incoming
administration, I am thinking, the Secretary of State, the ambassador & the
special negotiator &
Jared Kushner. They can
no longer be regarded as honest broker capable of brokering a peace deal as
some would say?

A’ I
think that is the expectations of the Palestinians who are looking elsewhere…
expectations that peace no longer runs through Washington it runs elsewhere. May
even run through Moscow… YES
RLS very important TOLOG

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& Hanukkah coincide this year.

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Netanyahu summons 11 ambassadors to express
his government’s fury over UNSC resolution, Michael Holmes with Oren
Liebermann live, Jerusalem. TOLOG …both sides, the Israeli leadership & the
Palestinian leadership say they want peace, they are willing to meet anytime,
anywhere. Both sides point a finger at the other side saying its that guys
fault. & that’s exactly where the peace process stands. Two sides who
essentially refuse to meet… TOLOG

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summons ambassadors over UNSC relation, Michael Holmes with Oren Liebermann
live, Jerusalem. TOLOG

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chides US ambassador. In Jerusalem a rare moment, & one that likely was
quite blunt. Netanyahu summoning US ambassador to directly express his
government’s fury over UNSC resolution. Netanyahu: (same as previous); Israelis
reprimand 11 ambassadors; Oren Lieberman (same as previous with visuals). TOLOG

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resolution is prompting a prominent US Senator to call for withholding US
funding for the UN. Republican Lindsey Graham said the UN must act more
responsibly or there is going to be a brake. Graham: “…its been decades
old policy for the US to make sure the parties negotiate on the ground in the
ME not in the UNSC. When it comes to the UN the gloves are off… I will respond
in time. 22% of the UN’s budget comes from the American tax payer. & I am
going to lead the charge to withhold funding until they repeal this
resolution”. Graham is also accusing the Obama administration of
“recklessness” accusing it of abandoning Israel. YES RLS important

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Netanyahu summons US ambassador, Oren Liebermann (rep.)

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PM blasts US over UN vote, Hannah Vaughan Jones with Oren Liebermann live,
Jerusalem. TOLOG

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PM blasts US over UN vote, Hannah Vaughan Jones with Oren Liebermann live,
Jerusalem. TOLOG

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Netanyahu summons US ambassador; Israel says it has Iron clad information that
the Obama administration was behind the UN resolution an accusation the US
denies; Israel is concerned over second proposed resolution. Hannah Vaughan
Jones with Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem.

its unprecedented this scathing criticism from an Israeli leader of an American

absolutely. What’s happened here in the last 72 hours has effectively broken all
diplomatic protocol.
We knew that Netanyahu didn’t exactly have the
best relationship with Obama but it’s almost incredible to see how quickly it’s
deteriorating here… Netanyahu lashing out unafraid of the level of his
criticism directed right at Obama & Kerry. We’ve simply never seen anything
like this…

concerns now about a follow up resolution. Will this be something that might
imply that the practical impact of this UN decision will be felt much sooner?

it could be. Of course it depends… we haven’t seen any draft resolution just
yet but the concern here, & this is been a concern for Israel for quite
some time now, is that this will be a resolution on parameters for
negotiations. Essentially setting the conditions upon which peace negotiations
would be based. The parameters would touch some of the most sensitive issues.
Borders, refugees, Jerusalem & a time table. Israel doesn’t want any of
that. …Obama still has 3weeks in office & he could, if he chooses to,
abstain once again… YES RLS very important TOLOG

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summons US ambassador following vote. He is lashing out at the US for allowing
UNSC resolution; Israel says it has ironclad information that the Obama
administration was behind the resolution an accusation the US denies, Kristie
Lu Stout with Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem. Israel concerned over follow-up
UNSC resolution. TOLOG

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firestorm intensifies over UN vote. Israel is not only accusing the US of
orchestrating the resolution, a charge that Washington denies, but it also
fears the Obama administration could actually help push another resolution that
would impose terms for peace negotiations. …Israel’s ambassador to Washington
spoke earlier to CNN. Ron Dermer: its an old story that the UN gangs up against
Israel. What is new is that the US did not stand up & oppose that gang up,
& what is outrageous is that the US was actually behind that gang up. I
think it was a very sad day. A really shameful chapter… Don Lemon: what’s the
evidence that the US was behind this gang up, I have heard that a lot? A’ we
have clear evidence of it. we will present that evidence to the new
administration. YES RLS very important TOLOG

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Israeli response is “hysterical”, irrational. Palestinian officials
say the UN vote was a victory for int. law & justice. They called Israel’s
response “hysterical, irrational & irresponsible”. Zain Asher With Oren Liebermann live,
Q’ where does all of this leave the 2 state solution?

the goal of the resolution was quite clear. To advance the 2 state solution. In
talking to people here on both sides I have heard words like dormant, comatose
& dead used to describe the peace process. TOLOG

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firestorm intensifies over UN vote. (similar
to previous): Ron Dermer: “its an old story that the UN gangs up against
Israel. What is new is that the US did not stand up & oppose that gang up,
& what is outrageous is that the US was actually behind that gang up. I
think it was a very sad day. A really shameful chapter. (from here not in
previous) what this resolution just did it gave the Palestinian ammunition in
their diplomatic & legal war against Israel. & the US not only didn’t
stop it, they were behind it.”

Zain Asher With
Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem
& Elise Labott live, Washington.

Liebermann: (Netanyahu) he is not backing off this at
all. …he says his response is measured, responsible & vigorous. He also
says there won’t be any diplomatic fallout. He says in fact countries of the
world & the region will respect Israel more for standing up for itself… he
made it clear that he points a finger directly at Obama & Kerry…

Q’ Elise you just heard
Dermer basically saying that the US, its an accusation & there is no
evidence, the US actually orchestrated this resolution. What is the US’s
reaction to that.

Labott: well they call it
absurd. They say that this is a long standing policy that the US had &
Obama really couldn’t leave office in good conscience without having to try
stop this trend of expansion of settlements, which they say is really an impediment making a 2 state solution… really impossible54*. You
heard Ben Rhodes is the Deputy National Security Advisor… saying that
the US can’t sit on the sideline
because that would really make peace impossible
. & that’s also what the Palestinians are saying.55* They
say that this vote at least gives them some legitimacy to keep moving the
process forward. But unfortunately I think that this might have the opposite
effect because that just hardens the Israeli position. & they are saying
that they are not going to abide by this anyway.

Liebermann: …as we have just seen at the UN its not a position that the
settlements are not an obstacle to peace that the world agrees with. There is an int. consensus the
are absolutely the obstacle to peace
.56*  Israel’s concerns continue here. They are
worried about what might be another SC resolution that tries to lay out
parameters for negotiations.  They’ve
known there was a possibility… Paris conference

The Israeli right

YES RLS very important TOLOG  

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Wolf Blitzer – Jake Tapper. Israel upset with
US over settlement slap. …Netanyahu summoned the US ambassador to his office
& he went so far as to accuse the US of conspiring with the Palestinians to
harass Israel.  Ron Dermer (rep.) :
“its an old story that the UN gangs up against Israel. What is new is that
the US did not stand up & oppose that gang up, & what is outrageous is
that the US was actually behind that gang up. (new): to bring a resolution to
the SC is not just something that Israel opposes, its something that Obama
opposes. In Sept. 2011 he stood at the UN & he said these issues should not
be handled at the UNSC. They should be handled through negotiations. We agree
on that. We have a disagreement with the administration over settlements. But
you don’t take, as Netanyahu said, you don’t take your friends to the security
council. As bias as the UN is, we are a member of the community of nations
& we will fight for our rights there. But I hope that the new
administration will have a comprehensive revue of policies of the Un, not just
towards Israel, but also towards the US. The UN is a cesspool of anti
Americanism & anti Israel activity. I hope the new administration, with
bi-partisan support in Congress, will look at those programs & not simply
give a blind check to all this anti American & anti Israel hostility.”
This is the first UNSC resolution criticizing Israel that has passed during the
Obama administration. List: SC resolutions critical of Israel: W. Bush 6;
Clinton: 3; HW Bush: 9; Reagan: 21; Carter: 14. Obama’s critics say this
resolution was different since it defined the settlements as illegal which
could have ramifications. Jake Tapper with Oren Liebermann, Elise Labott & Athena Jones.    . Liebermann (same as previous); Labott:
…what the Israelis are charging is that Obama & Kerry orchestrated it. that
they were involved in drafting it & pushing this along. I think somewhere
in the middle is probably the truth. The administration says we didn’t draft
it, we didn’t put it forward, but they certainly were involved in making sure
that it was a certain text and getting it to the SC. Q’ is Obama sending a
message here to Netanyahu after a very contentious 8 year, no lost love between
them? Jones: I think it fair to say he is sending a message & that message
is that the White House
agrees with much of the int. community that the continued building of the
settlements on disputed land is not helpful to the peace process, & not helpful
to any eventual 2 state solution
.56* The White house would argue
that their position on this has been clear for years. This may be a new low in
this contentious relationship between these 2 leaders… Netanyahu believes Obama
is naïve when it comes to issues involving the ME… YES RLS very important TOLOG

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Tapper interviews Michael Oren.

Q’: So talk to
me about the evidence your government claims to have that the U.S. actually
drafted this resolution conspired to put it forward at the Security Council.
What kind of evidence are we talking about?
A’: Well, with that things that they have received from a — they receive from
other governments around the world who have been involved in this. And I think
that we’re not talking — we’re not disclosing those sources. I think that the
Prime Minister’s made it very clear that he believes that the — that President
Obama’s administration has been instrumental in formulating this resolution and
advancing it. That it’s a pretty serious charge. I think the overwhelming sense
in the state of Israel and I’m talking to you from the streets of Jerusalem.
This is a sense of hurt, a sense of abandonment, a sense of outrage where I’m
talking to you here. It’s about a two hour drive from where 400,000 Syrians
have been massacred. About a for hour drive from where the massacres occurring
in Iraq from a civil war in Sinai about three hours and the United States and
the Security Council are beating up on the only (?) democracy. It’s very, very
outrageous for us.

Q’: I guess one
of the questions that the Obama administration would put to you is, how much
longer can Israel call itself a democracy if you control vast swaths of
territory in which Palestinians don’t have the right of travel, the right to
vote, are you not putting yourself with all of these settlements and without
any sort of peace process actually going on, on a course to no longer be a

A’: We hear the
question quite often, but here’s one answer, first of all, Palestinians have a
right to travel. A 100,000 Palestinians enter Israel every day. They laid about
five minutes across the border in most cases. Palestinians can vote. They can
vote for their own leadership. Their leadership has decided for 10 years now
not to hold an election, because they know that President Mahmoud Abbas will be
defeated by Hamas. We haven’t stopped their election. So we have to deal with
these untruths all the time, Jake, but the fact of the matter is we have been
waiting for eight years at a negotiating table for the Palestinians to show up.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has said it again & again that he’s willing to
negotiate directly with the Palestinian leadership without preconditions to
reach a solution based and two states for two peoples and every time he has
stuck on his hand in peace to President Abbas that has been swatted away, and
now this resolution comes, which enables the Palestinians not only to overrun
the peace process not to sit down at the table but to take Israel to court and
brand Israel as an international criminal and the sanction and boycott us. And
they’re going to do that not to get a better two-state solution, but to take us

Q’: Do you
think that — is that why Israel seems to be making a much bigger deal out of
this abstention by the United States and the U.N. Security Council? The one
resolution, critical of Israel that Obama has permitted to happen as opposed to
the six that happened during George W. Bush’s administration or the three
during Clinton or the 21 during Reagan? Is that the distinction, the idea that
because of this resolution, now Israeli soldiers will be able to be taken to
the ICC?

A’: It’s not
only these real soldiers, it’s 600,000 citizens of State of Israel who live in
areas which more than 50 years ago, were part of Jordan, which nobody remembers
what these lines are in the City of Jerusalem anymore. My own kids wouldn’t
know what those lines are in the City of Jerusalem. It is taking the western
wall, the Kotel, the holiest site in Jerusalem and categorizing it as a legally
occupied land. Any Jew who prays in the holiest place in Judaism is going to be
branded an international criminal. Now, think about that. That does not — the
Reagan Administration denouncing us for blowing up the Iraqi nuclear reactor in
1981, by the way, they thanked us for it later. But it is a resolution which
you can have profoundly, profoundly harmful effects to this state. And what can
we say after eight years? I mean, we’ve had now two major blows to our
security. The first was Iran nuclear deal, the second is this resolution.

We’ve dealt
with many, many blows of our security in the past, but never have we dealt with
blows that have been dealt by our number one ally in the world, by the United
States of America. And that is why this state has been reacting in the way it
has and why it feels a sense of outrage and hurt. Tapper: Michael Oren, thank
you so much. Happy Hanukkah YES RLS very important TOLOG

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Israel suspends all working ties with 12 UNSC members. Zain Asher with Elise Labott live, Washington
& Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem. TOLOG

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Netanyahu is now turning his
fury towards 12 countries which voted for the UNSC. He is limiting ties with
the embassies of those countries. They include China, Japan, Britain, France,
Russia & others. the US isn’t included because it abstained but that
allowed the resolution to pass. & Israeli officials are furious with the
Obama administration because of it. Netanyahu: Israel will not turn the other
cheek; Ron Dermer: “…this is a serious effort against Israel. Its an anti
Israel resolution. I saw the Palestinian leader who just spoke. Hamas &
Islamic Jihad are terrorist organizations. & they are celebrating this
resolution. So that is a pro Israel resolution? That’s a balanced resolution?
Israel’s enemies are celebrating this resolution. That tells you need to know.”
Maen Areikat, PLO Rep. to US: “we have been hearing a lot of encouraging
statements from the current US administration. We have been urging them to
translate lost statements into action. The US did what conforms with its long
standing policy since the days of Lyndon Johnson in 1967. Reagan used
abstention seven times… to allow resolutions at the UN to condemn settlement
activities. So the US is just doing just what they have done all the time. 7333


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Holmes with Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem.

the resolution itself has no penalty attached. Its toothless in that regard. So
why this level of anger?

because the resolution doesn’t exist in a vacuum. …but it sets the precedent
legally, or at least in a SC resolution that Israel is trying to avoid. That settlements in the occupied
Palestinian territories in the West Bank & E Jerusalem are illegal57*

that is what made Netanyahu so angry…

…but the harshest criticism isn’t at the UN but at the US president & the
accusation ….saying the Obama administration was not just involved in this
resolution, but was behind it.

…Netanyahu’s officials say they have evidence, they have information supporting
this, & yet they haven’t put any of that out there. We have pushed them
here & in the US. They haven’t shown us any of that information. Ron
Dermer… said they would show the next administration what that information is…

how much damage might this do politically, domestically for Netanyahu who has
been saying in recent times Israel’s standing on the world stage is growing.
Why the surprise? Obama spent 8 years, the quartet spent longer warning about
settlement activity… I was reading in the Israeli press today – Haaretz
– saying why is anyone surprised this happened?

I don’t think Netanyahu is so surprised at all. Certainly angry. He thought
maybe there is a chance Obama might veto it. but the resolution is what Obama
wanted which is to say to it talks about both sides & issues on
both sides
. …its also about domestic politics. His own voters don’t
like Obama so he is playing to an extent there not only to his own voters, but
to Trump… Holmes: indeed & relies on some pro settler political groups as
well… YES RLS very important TOLOG

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limits working ties with 12 UNSC members; says Israel will not turn the other
cheek; …& Netanyahu is furious with the Obama
administration. To underscore his anger he lit Hanukah candles at Judaism’s
holiest site the Western Wall, & said of Israel’s allies how could they
vote for a resolution which says this place is occupied territory, Michael
Holmes with Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem. (same as previous)

…there is an international foreign ministers meeting in Paris next month. There
could be a series of decisions made on the peace process itself. What are
the concerns in Israel that those decisions could lead to another UNSC –?

well that exactly is Israel’s biggest fear. Israel has made it clear very much
not attending this conference in Paris. However 70 countries are attending
including the Palestinians. The idea is to find some kind of common ground,
some sort of way to move the peace process forward. Israel’s fear is that could
lead to a resolution on parameters which is to say, on conditions for
negotiations on the most sensitive issues. Status of Jerusalem, borders,
refugees & a few other topics. Is it likely to happen? Who knows? There is
a sense that the US wouldn’t want to take another step against Israel, or allow
another resolution to pass by abstaining. YES RLS very important TOLOG

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defends Israel’s strong response, Michael Holmes interviews Aaron David Miller.

why do you think Netanyahu is so angry about all of this?

several sources. 1 PM tried by a quite unprecedented fashion by mobilizing the
president elect as well as Sisi the president of Egypt in order to try to turn
this off & it failed. That creates a certain amount of embarrassment &
humiliation. Second I think the PM had argued in his own version of TTP, Technology,
Terror & Peace that in effect Israel had succeeded in braking down the
walls of suspicion & trust, & was gaining new stature & legitimacy
in the int. community clearly that has been obviously undermined by this. &
finally I think the PM knows what’s coming & I think he’s upset. Yes he is
going to end up with an administration that is going to give Israel more
discretion, more margin on any number of issues. Iran. The peace process maybe
even settlements building. But the fact is he is also going to have to – with
the int. community & is now seized with this language in the resolution
& an Israeli right who will see not just pressure from the int.
community, but what they expect will be a green light from the Trump
administration in order to sanction in a positive way, additional Israeli steps
on the ground. & Netanyahu never comfortable except when he actually is in
the center — & he is running out of it.

its not that settlements are a
new thing. They’ve been a thorn in the side of progress on path of peace
One of the main thorns for years, & yet for years those settlements have
expanded, settler numbers have increased in the West Bank & E Jerusalem.
That despite 8 years of pressure from the US, from Obama & the quartet. Why
would Netanyahu be surprised at Obama making such a move & the world voting
for it?

think he probably wasn’t. we’ve been monitoring this I have been – fascinated
(?) by the signals that the current administration has been dropping for the
last 3 or 4 months. That they were either going to – some kind of SC resolution
followed up by in this case, & may well be almost certainly will be some
sort of address laying out the parameters perhaps of the 2 state solution by
Kerry, although not by the president & that is in fact significant.  In 2000 when we laid out the Clinton
parameters, to Israelis & Palestinians… it was President Clinton that laid
out these parameters. …this peace process is comatose.  Yes settlements are an obstacle. Yes on the
Israeli side they probably do an enormous amount to prejudge & predetermine
the outcome of negotiations. & the Palestinians have their own
transgressions. Divided leadership, incitement. But the reality is this process
is failing because you don’t have the leadership on either side, you don’t have
the ownership on either side & the core issues are just (cut) & the
space between those issues, its not narrow, they resemble more like a grand

the whole 2 state solution
seems, certainly under the Netanyahu administration seem such a distant notion.
Settlement expansion as well makes that even more so.59*
under a Trump administration you are going to have a US ambassador considered
by many to be to the right of many of Netanyahu’s own cabinet. How is that
going to impact the, well the process as you said is dead, but that notion of a
2 state solution?

on this one… yellow light not necessarily a green one. You know American
ambassadors do not determine American policy. & it’s yet to be determined
& clear to me, exactly where the incoming Trump administration is going to
be on annexation of the West Bank, 2 state solution, settlement activity. …but
the indications, particularly if they intend to move the embassy to Jerusalem,
aren’t terribly positive (not clear, not sure). YES RLS very important TOLOG

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Sciotto: Now, on a
New Testament holiday some distinctly Old Testament action from Israel
60* Israel
and of course a tweet from Donald Trump. suspends ties with nations that backed
UN vote. …Trump Tweet: UN has such great potential but… just a club for people
to get together… so sad! As for the Israelis, they did more than just Tweet,
Elise Labott reports. Netanyahu is escalating his attack against the Obama
administration. Clearly still angry over the UN vote declaring Israeli se
ttlements illegal. Netanyahu: “friends don’t take friends to the SC”.
Netanyahu summoning the US ambassador & has accused Obama & Kerry of
orchestrating what he called a shameful ambush at the UN. Telling his cabinet
he has ironclad proof. Netanyahu (Hebrew): “from the information that we
have we have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind
it, coordinated on the wording & demanded that it be passed.” The
White House denies that calling the claim absurd… the Obama administration
maintains the UN vote was a last resort, after struggling for the last 8 years
to convince Israel to halt
settlement construction on occupied land the Palestinians claim for their state.62*

Ben Rhodes: “for years we
have seen escalation in the growth of these settlements. & frankly if the
current trends continue the 2 state solution is going to be impossible”63*
Officials are now worried with UN backing Palestinians will push for sanctions,
boycotts & take Israeli soldiers to the ICC. Dermer: “what this
resolution just did, it gave the Palestinians ammunition in their diplomatic
& legal war against Israel. & the US not only didn’t stop it, they were
behind it.” Netanyahu is now putting his hopes in Trump & members of
Congress who are promising to de-fund the UN unless the vote is overturned.
Hoping that will give Trump leverage. Netanyahu: “I look forward to
working with those friends & the new administration when it takes office
next month.”   Jim Sciutto With
Elise Labott live. …I have to tell you its not just the Israelis that are
hoping that Trump will be working on the peace process, despite the fact that
Trump has promised to move the embassy, despite the fact he appointed a very
controversial hard line ambassador, who supports settlements & is against
the 2 state solution, the Palestinians say they are hopeful that Trump with his unorthodox
approach, may be & they hope he will be, the US president to finally make
that deal64*.
The old administration is going to be laying out
its vision for what it wasn’t able to accomplish. We understand Kerry is going
to lay out the administration’s approach how they see a ME peace process… its
really interesting. Kerry worked so hard on this. Now he is handing it over. YES RLS very important TOLOG

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suspends ties with nations that backed UNSC vote. Jim Sciutto With David Gergen
, former presidential adviser & Peter Beinart.

hoe big a deal is this? First the resolution & now Trump in effect Trump VS
Obama on a major ME policy issue?

it is a much bigger deal than anybody would have expected. Nobody I think saw
this coming. & for the US to reverse a long standing policy of vetoing
resolutions like this & protecting the Israelis from some of the… the UN
has often been a hot bed from the Israeli point of view of anti-Semitism &
anti-Israeli feeling, & the US has always protected them. So when the
president did this at the last minute, just before leaving — I don’t know
where this is going to go. Throw a hand-grenade… they might well have left some
of this alone because there are bigger issues right now in the ME demanding
attention as you well know. How are you going to carry on the war against ISIS,
how are you going to work with the Syrians. What are you really going to do
about Iran & the expansion of its efforts? I think this is going to
complicate the pursuit of those priorities & there is a danger, I must say,
that I think the Trump forces will overreact in order to prove how pro-Israel
they are. Move immediately to, to recognize Jerusalem as the capital. That
would really as you well know will cause explosions all across the ME.

Peter you have been extremely critical of Israel’s settlement policy. how do
you view this? Do you think that there is any value in calling out Israel on a
public stage? Frankly Republican & Democratic administrations have
criticized the policy that the Republican & Democratic presidents both

yes. First I have to say I disagree David. I don’t think this is as much as a
break as he suggests. Every American president going back to Reagan, has
allowed a UN resolution to pass that Israel did not want. Reagan actually
voted, not just abstained, for a resolution for condemning Israel when it
attacked the Osirak reactor & withheld weapons sales. Reagan allowed
repeated resolutions to go through that criticized Israel on settlements.
George W. Bush allowed a resolution the Israelis were bitterly opposed to
calling for a Gaza ceasefire in 2009. I think the larger context here is that
Obama believes that the 2
state solution is dying
65*. & many of Israel’s own
leaders believe its dying. We now have 2 former Israeli PMs Olmert & Barak,
& 2 former top security officials Meir Dagan & Yuval Diskin, who have
said that Israel
is on its way to being an apartheid state

(cuts in): we also have choice for Israel ambassador who has said we are beyond
a 2 state solution

right. — remember Israel in the West Bank, Israel controls millions of Palestinians who don’t have
the right to vote, live under military law & are not citizens67*
If that’s a permanent condition it raises very serious questions about Israeli
democracy. & many top Israelis, not Netanyahu, but others have said that. I
don’t think Obama thinks he can change it. but I think with an eye to his
legacy, he wants to be on the record of at least having tried to put down some
kind of marker of saying I —(?) yesterday.

David you worked in a number of administrations from both parties… you often
hear Trump since the election on Taiwan policy, on Russian policy, on the ME.
Well he’ll shake it up. He’ll shake it up & maybe that will work it been so
intractable. In your experience does that work in the field of int. affairs…?

we have never faced a president who is unpredictable & volatile &
impulsive as Trump. I don’t know how its going to work. I don’t think anybody
does. I must say the presidents who have been most successful in int. affairs
are those who have a strategic sense. A broad sense of where they are trying to
go, what their priorities are… & that seems to work… I don’t see this here.
That’s why I have this fear. I think Peter was right on a lot of things he said
by the way. I do have the fear Peter that Trump is going to be tempted now to
go further over to prove his faithfulness to the Israelis. & then much more difficult to get
back to a 2 state solution, which I do think is dying & needs to be pursued

Peter do you think that’s a real danger? A backlash in effect? 

look even before Obama did this Trump had already appointed David Friedman who
is that kind of explicitly against the 2 state solution, explicit settlement
advocate. Look this game is moving outside of America. Whats going to happen
is, for better or for worst, there is going to be increasing mounting pressure
on Israel from Europe & from other parts of the world to try to respond to
the fact that Israel is creating a permanent one state reality & its
important to remember when Israel builds settlements its not like this is on
occupied land. A lot of these settlements are built on privately owned
Palestinian land. It’s a land taken from Palestinians because they lack basic
rights as non citizens. This is a serious civil rights problem…

(interrupts): …you got the Western Wall in this resolution as being
illegitimately held by the Israelis…

(cuts in) there has never been any negotiations which has contemplated the idea
that Israel would not have sovereignty over the Western Wall. That’s not the
discussion. The discussion is, is there going to be a viable
Palestinian state69*
or not when Israel massively subsidizes, pays
Israelis to move into the West Bank.

 YES RLS very important TOLOG 

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to deliver speech on vision for ME peace, George Howell with Josh Rogin, CNN
political analyst live.

“over decades…”

Netanyahu said friends don’t take friends to the SC. How would you interpret
what’s going on here?

it’s just a collapse of what was already a very bad & shaky &
unfriendly personal relationship between Obama & Netanyahu. I think the
Obama administration has a list of things they might do to try to set this
stage for progress in the ME peace process. The first thing that they did
was to not veto the resolution… has already become a major crisis in US Israel
relations. So Kerry’s second effort here to lay out the parameters is going to
fall upon deaf ears in Israel. They have decided they don’t want to work with
the Obama administration any more they are mounting a charge against the UN
& all the countries that supported this resolution they are just going to
wait for the Trump administration. Why would they listen to Kerry when they can
get much better terms in a month.

…Netanyahu is openly looking forward to dealing with Trump. But much of Trump’s
support comes from the Alt Right which is viewed widely as anti-Semitic?

yes. Its kind of an odd situation but he has support from the pro Israel
community & also some factions of the Alt right which have anti-Semitic
members. On the Israel stuff, that is run primarily by his son in law Jared Kushner.
Also run by his, going to be future ambassador David Friedman. These are
supporters of Israel that are to the right of even Netanyahu70*. So I don’t think the
Alt right parts of his administration are going to win the day here. We are
looking at an administration that will be very, very close to the Netanyahu
administration. That speaks well for the US – Israel bilateral relationship but
it doesn’t speak well for a real process to any kind of 2 state solution.
Howell: Many people say lets wait until Jan. 20th & keep an open
mind. YES RLS very
important TOLOG 

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271216 1000-1200 ttl1 ch2 tl 000120 Rosemary Church & George Howell Oren

relationship between Israel & Obama, well you could say its rocky at best,
but at its waning weeks the Obama administration will lay out its vision for
something that’s long been out of reach, ME peace. RC: Kerry is expected to
speak about that vision in the coming days. this comes as relations between
Obama’s administration & Netanyahu’s government are hitting a new low, Rosemary
Church & George Howell Oren Liebermann reports. Netanyahu doubling down on
criticism. Not only of Obama but also diplomatic moves against the SC countries
who voted for this resolution. He said his diplomatic steps aren’t going too
far he called the “responsible & vigorous actions”. Netanyahu
accusing Obama of working behind Israel’s back, put forward the UNSC resolution
critical of Israel’s settlements in the West Bank & E. Jerusalem. The two
leaders have always had a rocky relationship now in its final days it is
quickly deteriorating. Netanyahu hadn’t held back at all. Netanyahu: “as I
told Kerry friends don’t take friends to the SC”. Dermer, one of many
Israeli officials whose made the accusation, but not offered any evidence.
Dermer: “look its an old story that the UN gangs up against Israel. What
is new is that the US did not stand up & oppose that gang up. & what is
outrageous is that the UN was actually behind that gang up. I think it was a
very sad day, really a shameful chapter…”

“what’s the evidence that the US is behind this gang up. I have heard that
a lot?

“we have clear evidence of it. we will present that evidence to the new
administration”.  Netanyahu turned
to Trump who urged Obama to veto the resolution, & then waiting on Tweeter.
Trump Tweet: “as to the UN things will be different after Jan.20th:
then another Tweet: “the big loss yesterday for Israel in the UN will make
it much harder to negotiate peace. Too bad, but we will get it done
anyway!” Netanyahu hasn’t just lashed out at the US. Israel called in the
US ambassador & the ambassadors of ten other countries that voted for the
resolution. But those countries met with the foreign ministry. It was only the
US ambassador who met privately with Netanyahu. One more statement directed at
Obama before he leaves office. So why now? Netanyahu knows that he only has a
few more weeks before he has Trump in office to work with. & he made it
very clear he is looking forward to Obama being out & Trump being in. this,
other than perhaps being a parting shot at Obama, also may have a little local
politics mixed in. Obama is not popular at all with Netanyahu’s voters & he
may be playing to them as this unfolds. YES RLS very important TOLOG

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furious over UN resolution, Rosemary Church interviews Gil Hoffman, The
Jerusalem Post.  

what has prompted so much concern & anger by Israel at this non-binding UN

what Israel is trying to do is to try to prevent another resolution between now
& Jan. 20th. Netanyahu had taken such drastic measures that have
been described by opposition members of parliament as hysteria, has taken these
steps because there is a possibility that when the French have the conference
on the 15th of Jan. where Kerry is supposed to make a very important
address on ME issues, that that address would then be taken in the remaining 5
days before Trump takes over, to the UNSC to become another resolution that
Israel sees as handcuffing it. Israel sees it hindering the possibility of a
peace process in the future because it gives the Palestinians hope that the
they will get their way from int. community & will not have to give
anything up in talks were there will be give & takes. YES RLS very
important TOLOG

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to deliver speech on vision foe ME peace, George Howell with Josh Rogin, CNN.

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to outline ME peace plan. Elise Labott reports. (rep. till end paragraph)
Netanyahu is escalating his attack against the Obama administration. Clearly
still angry over the UN vote declaring Israeli settlements illegal. Netanyahu:
“friends don’t take friends to the SC”. Netanyahu summoning the US
ambassador & has accused Obama & Kerry of orchestrating what he called
a shameful ambush at the UN. Telling his cabinet he has ironclad proof.
Netanyahu (Hebrew): “from the information that we have we have no doubt
that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated on the
wording & demanded that it be passed.” The White House denies that
calling the claim absurd… the Obama administration maintains the UN vote was a
last resort, after struggling for the last 8 years to convince Israel to halt
settlement construction on occupied land the Palestinians claim for their state71*.

Rhodes: “for years we have seen escalation in the growth of these
settlements. & frankly if the current trends continue the 2 state solution
is going to be impossible”. Officials are now worried with UN backing
Palestinians will push for sanctions, boycotts & take Israeli soldiers to
the ICC. Dermer: “what this resolution just did, it gave the Palestinians
ammunition in their diplomatic & legal war against Israel. & the US not
only didn’t stop it, they were behind it.” Netanyahu is now putting his
hopes in Trump & members of Congress who are promising to de-fund the UN
unless the vote is overturned. Hoping that will give Trump leverage. Netanyahu:
“I look forward to working with those friends & the new administration
when it takes office next month.” (from here new): Its not just the
president elect who opposes this vote but members of Congress from both parties
who have urged the Obama administration not to go through with it. now leading
republicans like Lindsey Graham say they will move to defund the UN unless the
SC overturns the vote. YES
RLS very important TOLOG

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lashes out at Obama after UN vote. Palestinian Rep. to US,

Rashid Areikat: (rep.);  the settlement
policies of the current Israeli government clearly indicate that this
government does not have any interest in ending the conflict with the
Palestinians, they want to continue to grab Palestinian lands, they continue to
build illegal settlements, and they don’t have any plans in the near future to
put an end to the conflict.

Did you approve of the UNSC resolution?

we have been hearing

Dermer: the PM did a
freeze. He did a freeze for 10 months & the Palestinians did not come to
the negotiation tables. This has not been about the settlements. What do the
Palestinians want? …to blame Israel for not negotiating, they refuse to sit
down & have discussions with us & internationalize the conflict. For
the last 8 years they have not been able to do that because thankfully the
president has stood up to those efforts in the SC. Now he gave the Palestinians
exactly what they want. He gave them ammunition for political & diplomatic
& legal war against Israel. He gave them that ammunition by not vetoing the
SC resolution. What the Palestinians want to do is to wage a diplomatic &
legal war against Israel. They don’t want to negotiate peace. Do you know why?
Because when you are negotiating a peace there is give & take. What they
want is take & take. & the way to do that is to try to internationalize
the conflict, to put more & more pressure on Israel, to call for boycotts,
sanctions, to take our soldiers to the ICC, something they are already calling
to happen. Already calling a day after. & what they want to do is to put
enough pressure on Israel, turn it into a – state80*.
very important TOLOG

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steps up response after UN vote, Isa Soares with Oren Liebermann live,
Jerusalem. (nothing new) TOLOG

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to outline ME peace plan, Andrew Stevens with Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem.
(nothing new) Q’ there has been criticism of Netanyahu’s reaction in the
Israeli parliament, hasn’t it? A’ there has. A lot of that has come from the
opposition naturally. Not that the opposition is happy about the resolution but
they accuse Netanyahu of misplaying this, mishandling the relationship with the
UN & they accuse him of perhaps saying he could have headed this off, or averted
this or gotten a US veto had he had a better relationship with Obama. & yet
Netanyahu has been absolutely unapologetic about this. He said his reaction,
both of what he has said & the actions he has taken is “measured,
responsible & vigorous”…(rest same as previous) YES RLS important

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continues to claim it has Ironclad proof Obama pushed UN vote, Isa Soares with
Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem. (nothing new) TOLOG

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curbs ties with 12 nations over UNSC vote, Kristie Lu Stout with Oren
Liebermann live, Jerusalem. (nothing new) TOLOG

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denies orchestrating UN vote on Israeli settlements, Becky Anderson with Oren
Liebermann live, Jerusalem. (same as previous); …tomorrows Jerusalem’s zoning
committee hundreds of units in E Jerusalem they expect to approve. It was on
the agenda before the vote. But that’s exactly the point here. They will
advance it regardless of the resolution.

how dependent is Israel on its relationship with the US?

incredibly dependent. Even at the worst of the US-Israel, Obama-Netanyahu
relations they both said the relations between the countries remain strong…
what Nettanyahu expects whatever he says, whatever he does it seems he doesn’t
expect there to be to much damage with Obama & he expects a fresh start, a
clean slate with Trump. In terms of the US-Israel relationship its so deep
& it goes so far. US & Israel a couple of months ago signed $38 B
military aid deal. Largest military aid deal the US has ever signed with any
other country. …Israelis want a fresh start. Obama not particularly popular
here especially with Netanyahu’s voters & he is very unpopular among them.
So some of Netanyahu’s lashing out maybe him playing to his own political base
there… YES RLS important TOLOG

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moves ahead with home construction in E Jerusalem despite UN vote. It is a slap
in the face to the Obama administration. It threatens to escalate the bitter
war of words between the US & Israel. Hanan Ashrawi: Israel’s reaction to
resolution is “irrational”. Becky Anderson interviews Hanan Ashrawi live,
Ramallah. Q’ Israel says Washington colluded with the Palestinians. Obama says
that is absurd (Ashrawi laughing). Whats your response? A’ I think its beyond
absurd its preposterous (still laughing). Not a single US administration has
ever colluded with us or conspired with us on anything. They always conspired
& coordinate with Israel ahead of time & give Israel everything it
wants. Now for a change the US (POWER!!!!)

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advances plans for new homes in Jerusalem, David Keyes: we have ironclad
information from sources in the Arab world & internationally & we are
going to share that information with the incoming administration… & if the
new administration chooses to share that information that’s their prerogative”.
Ben Rhodes: “its not an ambush… making the 2 state solution
unachievable”, Martin Savidge Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem. TOLOG

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to speak on Israeli Palestinian conflict, Martin Savidge interviews Michael
O’hanlon, Brookings Inst. &  David
Andelman, World Policy Journal

Q’ Michael Netanyahu
and Obama famously have been at odds. We’ve all seen this for the past eight
years and now the Israeli prime minister has been saying how much he is looking
forward to working with Trump. So how exactly do we expect that things will

O’Hanlon: Well,
you know, they’re going to change a lot in tone and probably in substance based
on where things have been now in the last week between Obama and Netanyahu. I
wonder, Even though I tend to, at a broad level strategically, agree with Obama
in criticizing the Israeli settlements, I wonder if this might be a tactical
mistake by the Obama administration because all we’re doing is setting up big
risks with not only Netanyahu but also Trump. What
I thought might have been a better approach is if Obama and Trump could have
issued a joint statement in which they might have looked for common American
purpose that could have bridged January 20 and maybe we then veto the resolution
but express concern about
any settlements that would compromise the possibility of an ultimate two-state
. In other words, President Obama try to use his
wisdom, experience, and leverage on this issue to begin to influence the way
Mr. Trump might pursue a peace process, rather than set up a stark
confrontation between not only the us and the Israelis but Obama and the likely
Trump approach as well.

Savidge: That’s
creative, I’ll give you that. And it sounds like it would have been a diplomatic
way to approach and meld two administrations as well as foreign policy with a
strong ally. David, I want to
play for you some sound from the Palestinians. Here’s what a senior member of
the PLO told CNN this morning. Ashrawi,
PLO: This is something that Israel is not used to because it’s used to getting
preferential treatment and to violating the law with impunity. We’ve been
urging the U.S. to do what is consistent with its own long-held positions since
the days of Ronald Reagan. Every single administration has said the settlements
are illegal and must stop. Savidge: So I know Hanan Ashrawi well. We
interviewed a couple of times. Clearly, the Palestinians would be in favor of
the Obama administration and all that has been done. & they have to be
fearful of the coming Trump administration, right? 

Andelman: Yes,
absolutely. My main concern
right now for Israel is that they’re becoming increasingly isolated. That is to
say 14 members of the Security Council, all of the major western European
powers, the French for instance, voted against this and the French are holding
a — scheduled a big conference on Palestine on the 15th of January83*.

So my concern is, the Israelis every time something like this happens they
paint themselves further and further into the corner. The Trump administration
has many int. priorities, this will obviously be one of them, the question is
whether Netanyahu can rely on the U.S. to be its one and sole ally in the
Western world in all of this.

Michael, I want to go back to your original picture you painted of these two
administrations. Do you think that we are on the verge of what could be a
breakthrough or a collapse or do you think it could just go on as it has—?

O’hanlon: I
think its going to be the latter, as it’s been. But every passing year it further reduces even the
long-term hope for peace because of the fact of the settlements84*

together with the deterioration of the Palestinian political debate internally,
those two trends. So, that’s why I’m most concerned not about settlements in
general but about the specific settlements that are  going into areas of east Jerusalem or the West
Bank that take away the possibility of a future Palestinian state because they
take away the ability for one land area to be held together contiguously. So
that’s why I think the U.N. resolution could have been a little more specific
to say we understand some settlements will continue within certain areas where
it’s relatively harmless. You could imagine trades where the Palestinians could
be compensated for certain settlement zones, what we’re really worried about is
where you rear breaking new ground or further essentially interrupting the
different territories within the West Bank and east Jerusalem. That’s where I
would have liked to see more clarity. That’s where I think Obama had a chance
to even work with Trump although I admit that that’s conjecture. YES RLS very important TOLOG

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Israel says peace must come
through direct talks (nothing new). David Keyes:
What has to happen in order for peace to come about is that the PA needs to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. It
needs to seize paying salaries to people who murder Israelis. It should stop
naming soccer stadiums and schools and streets after mass murderers, and it
should accept Prime Minister Netanyahu’s many calls to begin the peace process here and now. Peace
is too important and both Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live in peace
with mutual recognition.

Hanan Ashrawi: …we are trying our best to
make peace in every possible way. We have signed the agreements that we abided by. The problem is that you cannot enslave
a whole nation and treat it like a subhuman species with the most racist
hard-line extremists, violent
government in history, and then ask them to lie down and die quietly. Whenever
a single Palestinian lashes out in the action, his house being demoliszivhed,
his family being killed or imprisoned then automatically Palestinians are blamed and are called
terrorists. But when Israelis settlers and the Israeli government continue to
wreak havoc and exercise systematic state terrorism against us, then we are
told what can we do? 85*

The problem is that you
cannot enslave a whole nation and treat it like a subhuman species with the most
racist hard-line extremists, violent government in history, and then ask them
to lie down and die quietly. Whenever a single Palestinian lashes out in the
action, his house being demolished, his family being killed or imprisoned then
automatically Palestinians are blamed and are called terrorists. But when
Israelis settlers and the Israeli government continue to wreak havoc and
exercise systematic state terrorism against us, then we are told what can we

Asher with Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem. (nothing new) YES RLS very important TOLOG

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(only one sound channel) A
Jerusalem municipal committee has canceled plans to vote on the construction of
500 new homes for Israelis in the east of the city – at the request of
Netanyahu,  Lucy Hockings with Yolande
Knell live,
Jerusalem. Q’ why had Netanyahu asked them to cancel the vote?

A’ …despite some very
defiant messages… from the head of the committee saying that the UN vote
wouldn’t change anything. Well we have heard that the vote has been postponed.
A member of the committee toll the BBC that was because the PM’s office had
called & said he didn’t want to strain relations with the Obama
administration further, ahead of a planned speech by Kerry in which he is
expected to lay out his comprehensive vision for ending the conflict.

Q’ how would you describe
the relations between Israel & the US right now?

A’ of course US remains
Israel’s strongest ally & yet things are extremely — at the moment.
Israel felt betrayed by the US because it didn’t will it’s veto power at the

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A municipal committee in
Jerusalem has canceled plans to vote on the construction of 500 new homes for
Israelis in the east of the city, apparently at the request of Netanyahu. Move
comes ahead of a major speech from Kerry who is due to set out his vision for
ending the conflict, Matthew Amroliwala with Yolande Knell live,
Jerusalem. Q’ Trump Tweeted: “we can’t let Israel be treated with such
total disdain & disrespect”. So yet again we see just a division of
the approach from the incoming president elect & Obama.

A’ that’s correct… (bla bla)
Q’ …one Israeli minister described Kerry’s speech as a pathetic move. Are they
concerned that in some ways the last few weeks of the Obama administration
could somehow box-in Trump?

A’ that’s certainly their
concern. They’ve been extremely critical of these actions that are being taken
by the US at the moment.

A what Israel is
worried about is the idea that Kerry could lay down a plan in his speech, that
they basically oppose for reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians
& that then there is expected to be this big int. conference in
Paris, on the 15th of January, 70 countries taking part,  despite Israel’s opposition to that &
they are worried that this peace deal that Kerry is talking about could perhaps
be cemented at that meeting .there could even be they worry another resolution
that goes before the UNSC, before Obama leaves office. YES RLS very important

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Israeli settlements, John
Kerry speech on stalled peace process live.

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ME peace. Matthew
Amroliwala interviews Naftali Bennett live, Jerusalem
. From party wants to
annex large chunks of the WB.

Q’ what is your broad
reaction to that long speech we just heard from Kerry?

A’ well its profoundly
disconnected from reality. The reality is that the administration’s policy has
left the ME up in flames. Syria are conducting a genocide, & now Iran
racing towards a nuclear weapon while the one free democracy has been thrown
under the bus. We are out here fighting the battle against radical Islam with
Hezbollah, Hamas against ISIS & we are the only ones on the ground saving
Syrian lives, & we are the ones that are being abandoned… (cuts in)

Q’ well Syria aside, just in
terms of Israeli Palestinian that basic way to move forward, his assessment was
the 2 state solution was in jeopardy. Is he wrong when he said that that is the
only way forward for a lasting peace for both Palestine & Israel?

A’ there are 2 states. There
is a Palestinian state in Gaza with borders & a central government & it’s
turned into Afghanistan. Its turned into a terror state. what Kerry wants us to
do is redo that in the heart of our country. & one more thing he’s calling
our capital Jerusalem occupied territory. One cannot occupy its own land.
Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital for well over 3,000 years & no speech
& no UN resolution will change that.

Q’ you said 3 days ago the
way of the left has failed now it’s time to try our solution, sovereignty
taking the maximum territory with the minimum Palestinians. So you don’t
believe in a 2 state solution do you? I mean you are effectively talking about
annexation. Kerry referred to that exactly in his speech just now?

A’ the way forward to peace
is precisely what I said. In Gaza there is a Palestinian state. In Judea &
Samaria, you call the occupied territories, we have to apply Israeli
sovereignty under Jewish areas & providing autonomy for the Palestinians in
the Palestinian areas.  That’s the only
way, the only realistic way forward. We have been trying this messianic idea of
injecting a Palestinian state in the heart of Israel, dividing Jerusalem &
it blows up again & again & every time we are surprised. Its time to
try a fresh approach & I think the world is waking up.

Q’ when you talk though about sovereignty & more land, do you not
accept that that would be seen as
hugely provocative & if you go down that avenue you
risk just yet another spiral of violence?
87* A’ when you are talking
about land like Jerusalem we have been in Jerusalem for 3,000 years. You have
been in London for about 2,000 years. So we were a thousand years before Britts
have been in London. Why is it seen as a provocation to live in our own eternal
city. The entire Judeo-Christian culture understands that the holly land has
been Jewish for almost 4,000 years. So this whole notion of occupation is, just
doesn’t make sense. Yes there are Palestinians that live here. Yes we want that
separation. The plan applying Israeli sovereignty under Jewish areas allowing
the Palestinians their autonomy & Palestinian state in Gaza which already
exists. There is 2 states for 2 people.

Q’ do you hope for a
different approach come the Trump administration?

A’ we do. You know when I saw those ambassadors in
the UN clap I just thought of the backwind that’s given. Thousands of
terrorists around the world see that the one single democratic state is being
thrown under the bus by all these ambassadors. I am afraid that it might
generate more terror attacks in Berlin, Brussels or Orlando. We are out there
fighting ISIS, fighting Hamas & we will prevail.
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& Bennett (rep.)

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ME peace Kerry speech. Matthew
Amroliwala interviews Hanan Ashrawi
live, Ramallah. Q’ your reaction to
what you heard.

A’ obviously it’s a very
genuine speech. it’s quite impassioned. In many ways a legacy speech, it’s a
contextualizing speech, he went through the whole history of American policies…
explained the vote in the SC & the abstention & he of course made a
very strong case for why the Obama administration was the most supportive of
Israel & the most generous to Israel. …but he also made clear 2 things. One
his real commitment & love of Israel & Zionism as a prelude to saying
that his advocacy of a 2 state solution is based on his genuine concern for
Israel. Its security & its legitimacy. & two, that the 2 state solution is a sure way to end the conflict
& to bring peace & security to the whole region otherwise the one state
solution would end Israel’s democracy or the Jewishness of the state. so he is
telling Israel for your own sake & advocating a 2 state solution88*.

Q’ you heard Kerry say that
Palestinian leaders have failed to condemn acts of terror. he condemned Hamas’s
refusal to accept Israel as a legitimate state. he condemned the basic
narrative that so often he was saying, comes from both sides, concentrating on
threats & polarization. Did you accept those elements of criticism directed
at Palestinian leaders?

A’ look there is no parity between the people & their
occupation & an occupying power. The Palestinians are under siege, they are
being –, they are being shelled, our land is being stolen. our home are being
,89* & then he says we should lie down & die
quietly. That’s the problem if… (interrupts)

Q’ he didn’t say that.
You’re accepting the part that condemned Israel (cross talk. Not clear) but not
accepting the part where he was critical of Palestinian acts?

A’ no, no. he condemned the
Palestinians but he didn’t condemn Israel for its state terrorism. When Israel
bombed & killed 2,000 civilians in Gaza in the latest war against Gaza, it
wasn’t criticized it wasn’t called a terrorist state. but if any Palestinians
heaven forbid should dare respond to the injustice & the violence of the
occupation then he or she is automatically labeled terrorist. I think there is
a disparity; there is a lack of neutrality in the language. It’s very easy to
pull out a label & post it on every Palestinian & call us all
terrorists. This is unacceptable. Number two, Palestinian policy has always been committed, & we
have committed ourselves officially to the 2 state solution, — negotiated
& the president has repeatedly rejected any
kind of violence against civilians. But the problem is violence is practiced
against Palestinian civilians daily & nobody says anything about that. Ok,
he needs to show some sort of neutrality or evenhandedness by blaming
Palestinians & the leaders. But at the same time the situation of
occupation is the aberration, is the abnormal, cruel, unjust situation…

Q’ he talked about elements
of that at length. He also said it was time from both sides to see significant
actions that actually demonstrated both sides commitment to a 2 state solution.
Do you accept that it is time for both sides to actually demonstrate on the
ground that they are committed to what basically has been the fundamental crank
now for a generation?

A’ yes we have accepted the 2 state solution & we have
acted accordingly, & we have honored all our commitments, as per the
declaration of principles & the agreements. Unfortunately (laughs) it’s
Israel that has violated all its commitments, all the agreements & is
constantly now stepping up, as Kerry said, stepping up its settlement
activities in an insane manner that is destined, that is specifically planned
to destroy the 2 state solution.
So you cannot say Palestinians do your bit &
Israelis do, when you know that what’s destroying the 2 state solution is Israeli
impunity, Israeli unilateralism, Israeli expansionism, Israeli extremist
ideology, Israeli racism
.91* These are the things that are
destroying not just the 2 state solution but the chances of peace. We are
willing. We have gone as he said clearly we’ve accepted Palestine on 22% of
historical Palestine. We have recognized Israel on 78% of our own country. Its Israel that
was established on Palestinian land not the other way around. & it’s
Palestine that has made the historic & painful sacrifice of accepting
Unfortunately Israel does not recognize Palestinian
rights (cross talk), human rights, does not recognize our right to self
determination or even our identity (cross talks. Tries to cut in), &
therefore our humanity & therefore my… (cuts in)

Q’ we are about to get a new
administration. How nervous are you about that given all the various indicators
we’ve seen so far including today’s Tweet?

A’ (laughs) yes its really a
sad state of affairs when the most powerful country on earth is resorting to
policy by Tweets & Tweeter. It is really strange where the extremism &
racism & xenophobia & Islamophobia & even anti-Semitism as well as
misogyny in one part of the world finds its counterpart in the occupation & oppression
& racism & violence in Israel. If you have this combination it’s a very
lethal combination & it threatens to destroy the peace & stability not
just of Palestine, & Israel, but of the whole region it could have a
spillover effect that is very dangerous. We need responsible policies
consistent with int. law with human rights & with the rights of the
Palestinians. This is basic. It’s simple 93*. 
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Kerry speech. Netanyahu described
Kerry’s speech as bias against Israel dealt obsessively with settlements &
he said Kerry is almost completely ignorant of the roots of the conflict. Trump
Tweeted that the position against Israel was completely wrong from the Obama
administration. Matthew Amroliwala with Laura Bicker live, Washington. Q’
Netanyahu’s statement it underlines the Obama Netanyahu relationship which
completely disintegrated & you got a real sense of that when you listen to
Kerry. A’ Kerry’s speech had 2 aims. The first he points of defense of the
Obama administration’s policy towards Israel. TOLOG

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Breaking news. Netanyahu
responds to Kerry’s speech, live. (Hebrew no translation…)  so Matthew Amroliwala starts to bla bla. From
61:10 translated; then Netanyahu in English.

Kerry speech. Matthew
Amroliwala interviews Husam Zomlot
live, Ramallah.

Q’ a quick response to
Netanyahu’s speech saying you can’t make peace with people who reject your very

A’ …Netanyahu’s rejection of
Kerry’s speech is expected, his rejection of UNSC is expected, his rejection of
the French initiative & Paris peace conference is also expected.
Unfortunately Netanyahu misses all these opportunities to advance the cause of
peace because he does not believe in it. he does not believe in a 2 state solution. He does not want to quit
his occupation, he does not want to allow the creation of an independent
sovereign state of Palestine, he does not want to listen to the advice of his
& Israel’s most close allies including the US. He just wants to continue
the land grab & continue the
Colonization &
the subjugation of an entire nation for more than 100 years now, to a very
system of control that is based on segregation & of striking violations of
human rights on as daily basis
94*… (interrupts)

Q’ you reject everything you
just heard from Netanyahu. You reject also the passages from Kerry when he was
critical of Palestinian leaders & some of their behavior.

A’ …the president issued a statement that he listened to
Kerry’s speech & he iterates his commitment to peace as a strategic option
to a just peace, & that he is willing to engage immediately in final status
negotiations with Israel should Israel cease all its illegal activities…95*


Q’ but I asked you do you
accept the criticisms that Kerry made of Palestinian leaders. Because it was
very interesting. In the middle of that long speech he spoke about both sides –
about threats, both sides polarizing the situation in terms of the language
they use to their own supporters. He aimed at both the Israelis & the
Palestinians & you seem to be absolutely playing out exactly what he was so
frustrated at. Entirely blaming the Israelis.

A’ (smiling) we have our
reservations on some of what Kerry said. & our reservation is primarily
conceptual, structural that he cannot equate between the
occupied & the occupier, the colonized & colonizer, between the
besieged those who live
–. 96* He did however say Kerry that this is a situation of a
military occupation that has lasted for too long. A situation of colonial settlement expansion97*, a situation of siege
& denial of very basic rights… including the right to freedom & to
movement & to work & to dignity. & therefore in there we confirm
that this is the situation as he described it & you can never equate
between the victim & the victimizer…
(cuts in)

Q’ talked earlier to Bennett
who said “there are 2 states. A Palestinian state in Gaza… & its
turned into Afghanistan. Its turned into a terror state & Kerry wants us to
redo that in the heart of our country.

A’ it is Bennett & his
likes in the Israeli government that has pushed & designed things to go
into that direction. it is the Bennett’s of the day who are publicly against 2
state solution, who are publicly supporting extreme elements who are publicly
with annexation of the occupied Palestinian territories.98* It is the unfortunate fact that
Israel at this point & time lacks real leadership to press ahead on the
path that the entire int. community are urging them to do so. in fact it is
this rhetoric & discourse that has started shaping the
conflict as a religious one that could not be resolved as opposed to our
political & legal one that could be resolved based on int. legitimacy
99* (interrupts)

Q’ how nervous are you of
the incoming Trump administration. You heard Netanyahu say he looks forward to
dealing with the new administration. Do you anticipate a very different
approach to what we’ve seen from Obama?

A’ we are not nervous
whatsoever. Our cause is
very well enshrined in int. law & legitimacy. Our people are steadfast in
defiance of the own rights… our support in the int. community is unprecedented
& solid & we saw it in the UNSC.100*
We hope that Trump
is going to continue the long standing & long held US policy & will
join the int. community making sure that peace will be based on justice &
legality & we will see the end of Israel’s occupation that next year will commemorate the 50th
.101* We will see the end of Israel’s
segregation & racist policy against the Palestinian people & will
advance the cause of peace for the interest of Israel, Palestine & the US.
In fact we also listened to Trump say he wants to make the ultimate deal for
the sake of humanity. Are hopes are high & we hope that he is going to be
the one who will extend his hand. We are absolutely willing & we are
waiting for that moment to arrive. Only we hope that Netanyahu this time is not
going to get away with it & that the int. community will continue exerting pressure so the illegality
. Enough is enough it has been too long that the
Palestinian people are suffering. Life daily …(cuts in) Amroliwala: you have
made that point so… YES
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Kerry speech. …Kerry
criticized directly Netanyahu calling his administration the most right wing in
Israeli history; Matthew Amroliwala interviews Oded Revivi, chief foreign
envoy, Yesha.

Q’ …a long, long passage on
settlements, what do you make of what you heard?

A’ I think basically he was
just reading out his farewell… & expressing 8 years of his dreams which are
not coming true, & trying to blame the whole world besides himself. I think
he needs to look in the mirror, he needs to realize that he didn’t read the map
right, he didn’t read the people right, he didn’t understand where people
wanted to go to & what the reality is. When he criticized the right wing
coalition that is the result of democracy. I am surprised he doesn’t criticize
the American people voting somebody to president that he doesn’t want, doesn’t
support. Those are the rules of the game… & Israel has got a government
which drives the policy which was voted democratically.

Q’ on the issue of
settlements he said a very simple thing. He said no one thinking about peace
can ignore the problem settlements cause to that peace. Complicating everything
making it so much harder to make any sort of progress. Do you not accept that
pretty simple assessment?

A’ I think blaming the
settlements as the obstacle to peace is a complete myth which unfortunately has
roots that some people even believe in it. Prior to 1967 there were no
settlements. Prior to ’67 there was no peace. After 1967 Palestinians living in
Judea & Samaria have enjoyed an improvement in their infrastructure, water
supply in levels that they never dreamt that they would achieve in such a short
time. When Kerry says that they should have independence, most of them &
more & more of them don’t want to become part of that corrupt PA because
they know where the funds go to. They know that they are not being looked by
their own leadership & that’s why they prefer to have contact with Israel.
I invited Kerry to come & see what co-existence is. How Arabs live
alongside Jews & how we can manage peacefully to run our own business. But
he wants to come & interfere, he thinks he knows better. We see what he has
brought to the ME & we are not going to let him in Israel to draw the same
catastrophe that he has drawn in the whole of the ME.

Q’ he fears that the whole 2
state solution is now jeopardized. Do you think it is? Would you like to see a
one state solution, a greater Israel solution?

A’ I think its not the time
to discuss a one state or 2 state (interrupts)

Amroliwala: he was talking
about exactly that. That is exactly what he was talking about I am simply
asking you.

A’ (smiles) I am saying
again he can talk whatever he wants to if he didn’t have the courtesy &
visiting Judea & Samaria once & seeing the half a million Jewish people
living here & seeing how they live alongside the Palestinians he can’t tell
me how to run our country. He can give advice but that advice has to be based
on facts & on reality. Unfortunately he is basing his arguments not on
facts & not on reality & sometimes not even legal arguments. At the end
of the day prior to ’67 there were 2 states & there wasn’t peace. In the
Oslo accords the Israeli government agreed to establish the PA which was
supposed to lead to a Palestinian state. we know today that that PA is
completely bankrupt. if it wasn’t for any foreign aid they wouldn’t have been
able to pay the salaries for their people. Its… (interrupts)

Q’ we saw that UN resolution
absolutely clear in saying there should be no further settlement building. Just
a final thought about one of the things Kerry said. He said the settlers agenda
is becoming Israel’s agenda. Now when he said it he was clearly fearful of
that. Presumably you are not?

A’ Again that’s the rules of
the game of democracy. I don’t know any other way to rule & I am surprised
that an American leader is criticizing a democratically result. That is what
Israeli people want. They have to think about the implications, they have to
think where that’s going to take them all that is very clear & that’s what
the job of the leaders who are being elected that’s what they need to do.
Netanyahu just said we are willing to negotiate peace.  YES RLS very important (DWM?) TOLOG

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Peter Dobbie 

Kerry’s speech. Kerry, with
just a few days left in office has delivered a passionate speech on the ME
peace process laying bare his
frustration with Israel about the lack of progress.103*
central point was that the only way to achieve peace was a 2 state solution & he said
continued Israeli settlement expansion was endangering that.104*

That is why he said the Obama administration decided to allow the UNSC to pass
last weeks resolution declaring Israeli settlements illegal. Netanyahu has
criticized the speech as bias against his country & focusing obsessively he
said on settlements, Yolande Knell reports.

Another bitter row between
outgoing & incoming US presidents this time over Israel. Trump complaining
the country is treated with total disdain & disrespect. Telling it to stay
strong till 20th of Jan. it was the idea of Kerry’s speech that
angered the president elect. He said chances of peace with the Palestinians was
slipping away.

Kerry: “the truth is
that trends on the ground, violence, terrorism, incitement, settlement
expansion & seemingly endless occupation they are combining to destroy
hopes for peace on both sides”. (UNSC vote); the Obama administration has
just 3 weeks left but it is still trying to make a difference here in the ME.
Knowing that when Trump takes over he will be much more supportive of Israel
& its position on settlements & Jerusalem. If possible it would like to
tie his hands. Kerry complains that settlers in Israel’s right wing government105* are
defining the future in Israel. A prominent pro-settler member of the government coalition106*
is quick to give his response. Bennett: “it was a good speech but totally
unconnected to reality. Kerry is leaving behind is a ME in flames. A genocide
in Syria, Iran dashing towards a nuclear weapon & now throwing Israel under
the bus”. The US oversaw 2 rounds of peace talks… during the Obama years.
Both broke down acrimoniously. The White House would like to advance peace
efforts in the coming days. the danger is that it is too little too late. YES RLS very important TOLOG
IPOV (Israeli point of view)

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(brief) Netanyahu hit back
accusing the Obama administration of paying lip service to Palestinian
terrorists. Netanyahu also stated that the good relations between the US &
Israel would be restored when Trump takes office next month. Netanyahu: “I
have no doubt… now I must express my deep disappointment with the speech of
Kerry. The speech was almost as unbalanced as the anti Israel resolution… in a
speech ostensibly about peace… Kerry Paid lip service to the unremitting
campaign of terrorism that has been waged by the Palestinians against the
Jewish state for nearly a century. Blaming Israel for the lack of peace. By
passionately condemning a policy of enabling Jews to live in their historic
homeland & in their eternal capital Jerusalem.”; Husam Zomlot (rep.)

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Tim Willcox with Laura Bicker live, Washington. TOLOG

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ME peace, Kerry’s speech.
Abbas responding to Kerry’s speech he said he was convinced that peace with
Israel was achievable but only if Israel halted settlement building before
talks restarted. Tim Willcox interviews Geoffrey Aronson, ME Analyst live,

Q’ Kerry obviously incredibly frustrated107*
having made this one of his key targets… but what does it say about America’s
standing as a broker for peace in the ME?

A’ …the US has always
aspired to play a leading role in resolving this conflict for decades upon end.
It always prided itself on not only aspiring to end it but actually having a
program & an outline in what we used to call in the Bush era a roadmap.
While Kerry declared an aspiration time has run out for them to think about
implicating this aspiration in policy terms. So there was no context. When a
great power aspires to a certain end state but is unable to implement it, I
think the net result is a weakening of the American role & a weakening of
the role particularly in the eyes of the other players in the region &

Q’ especially when this is
all going to be changed apparently by Trump. How edifying is that for America’s
role when the new administration seems to be completely the polar opposite of
what the former was?

A’ when the origins of the
speech today go back a number of months, when it was assumed that sec. Clinton
was going to be the new president, & the feeling at that point was lets do
some of the dirty work in terms of outlining an American prescription for
peace. To save a new Clinton administration from the political cost of doing
& saying certain things. Of course Trump’s victory upended that strategy
but again it as you suggested it forced the entire political & diplomatic
context for these remarks disappeared absolutely. & in the end what you may
have is a reaction against them which in a sense would strengthen the very
tendency’s that Kerry criticized so bitterly.

Q’ …he said also that there
had been no greater friend to Israel than the Obama administration. That huge
arms deal that has gone through. They haven’t denied the veto before either. Is
there some truth in what he said?

A’ there is certainly truth
in how he analyzed the state of affairs in the West Bank & elsewhere today.
It would have been a wonderful
speech had this been given in March 2009, at the outset of the Obama
& perhaps 95% of it could have been
given at that time in the sense that we haven’t really learnt anything new
about this issue in the last 8 years in terms of Israel’s aspirations & its
determination to see itself permanently in place in territories occupied as Kerry said almost 50 years

Q’ where does the peace
process go, if anywhere, if for example Trump decides to house his ambassador
in Jerusalem?

A’ again, the peace process
is a dynamic instrument. It certainly is not today in what it may have been in
’93. It certainly isn’t today what it was even a decade ago. In the last 8
years the PM & the president of the PLO have not really met face to face to
talk & negotiate directly. So there has been a real vacuum of the structure
over the last 8 years. What’s going to happen in the future, who knows? But I
think it was much of what happened in these last few days, the important bits
may not have been what we are paying as… paying attention too as we have been.
Example certainly the views of Trump are decisive here. Secondly the effort of
Egypt & its interest in allying itself with 
Trump & with Israel in burying, or at least postponing consideration
of this resolution I think are important indicators of where the powerful
elements are heading in the future after Jan. 20th. YES RLS very important TOLOG

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Kerry’s speech. Saeb Erekat
said Abbas was convinced that peace with Israel was achievable but only if
Israel halts settlement building before any talks restart. Saeb Erekat: “president Abbas is convinced
that… on the basis of the Arab peace initiative… which guarantees to fully end
the Israeli occupation.” 110*

Peter Dobbie
interviews Hussein Ibish,
Arab Gulf State Inst. In
Washington, live Washington.

Q’ what’s the
point of all this now. if Kerry had said it some years ago when he actually had
power perhaps. But now its besides the point isn’t it?

A’ I do agree
with that critique… I think it would have been potentially a very historic
speech 2,3,4 years ago especially if it had been backed up with real policies
with consequences. So right now it’s a little bit of a rhetorical exercise. But
linked to the UN resolution it
does send a message to Israel that the world including many of its close
friends in the US, in the Obama wing of the Democratic party are ultimately
getting tired of the double acts Netanyahu has been doing, of pretending to
support a 2 state solution rhetorically, while working night & day to
basically make it an impossibility through settlement activity & other
policies on the ground
.111* But I do think that it is a little bit of
just a rhetorical exercise.

Q’ the line of the current
administration leans very strongly with the Arab world view of Israel. That may
be a nasty shock to Netanyahu & his very right wing government.112*

But actually the new world is Trump. Trump has supported a man to be in charge
of this issue has actually contributed heavily financially to Israeli settlements.

A’ no he is not
going to be in charge of the issue. He is nominated to be the ambassador. The
ambassador doesn’t make policy. first of all he’d have to be confirmed by the
Senate. That’s not guaranteed. Secondly ambassadors don’t make policies so we’ll
see, definitely have to wait & see what the policy is under Trump. Its
probably true that Netanyahu is salivating the prospect & is actually
trying to — tensions with Obama & Kerry in order to be yet closer to
Trump & his incoming administration. I am not sure its going to work for
him in the long run. Its very risky, it’s a big gamble & it could easily
backfire just as well as it could easily succeed.

Q’ why do you
think Kerry is saying it now. is it a sign that actually they weren’t expecting
to be handing over to Trump. They were expecting to be handing over to Clinton.

A’ no I don’t
think that’s it. I think if they were handing over to Clinton they would be
proceeding much more cautiously. I think this is sort of almost a post facto
gesture where Americans who are at the end of power or out of power tend to
speak much more freely about this issue. I think a parting shot to some extent
at Netanyahu. That particularly goes for the UN resolution that I think made a
very important theoretical point but actually won’t help Palestinians at all.
It could actually harm them because whatever price Israel extracts will not be
at the expense of the US or the 14 countries that voted yes, it will be at the
expense of the Palestinians. But there was an important point of make about the
illegality of settlement activity. But all of this I think is very much a
parting shot at Netanyahu. & in that sense its sort of that.

Q’ what do you
expect to be the impact of Trump’s policy. a freehand for Netanyahu?

A’ we have no
idea. Anyone who claims they do I think is making it up. Clearly Netanyahu has
high hopes but he should be very cautious. Trump might take a very pro Israel point of view based on right wing
populism & following that trend of going to the right, & identifying
with rightists in Israel.113*
That’s possible. But he also might
take a nationalistic America first attitude where when Israeli policy runs up
against American policy he has even less patience than other Republicans &
Democrats have shown. So I think its very very hard to know, & everyone who
is confident they know what a Trump foreign policy is going to look like, I
think is deluded. YES RLS
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Kerry speech. Peter
Dobbie interviews Prof. Guy Ziv, American U. Washington.

Q’ no peace
process, no 2 state solution really… this is all slightly besides the point
given the incoming administration?

A’ I certainly
think that Kerry’s speech would have made a greater difference if he had made
it a few years ago but it is better late than never. I think that in the remaining weeks in office this
administration should be doing everything possible to save the 2 state
solution. Which is presently on life support114*

Q’ but can it
really, Trump is unequivocally pro Israel. So are the people he is appointing.

A’ I
think it depends on how you define pro Israel
. Because I don’t think
that Trump’s inflammatory Tweets are going to bring peace & stability to
the ME or security to Israel. Nor will controversial moves like moving the
embassy to Jerusalem, or supporting settlement expansion. None of that is going
to help strengthen Israel or help resolve the conflict. I certainly hope that
Trump is going to work in a responsible manner with Israeli & Palestinian
leadership in order to pursue
a 2 state solution because it’s the only viable solution to this conflict115*
It’s the only solution that can address both the Palestinian national
aspirations & Israel’s security needs.

Q’ what do you
think Kerry said, what he said now apparently aligning the outgoing
administration leans much more with the Arab view of Israel. Is this partly
because everybody now has a very close eye on Iran?

A’ first
of all there is an int.
consensus that Jewish settlements in the West Bank & E. Jerusalem are
illegitimate & undermine the goal of a 2 state solution. & I think it
was important for Kerry to reaffirm it116*.
just as its important
to emphasize the need to, for a Palestinian state to recognize a Jewish state.
for the Palestinian people to recognize a Jewish state & for the two people
to live separately in peace & security. & I think that it was very
important for Kerry to reaffirm what Bill Clinton first did when he left office
& issued the Clinton parameters. George Bush also had the road map for ME
peace. Every president since Clinton has endorsed this idea of a 2 state
solution. YES RLS very
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speech.  Peter Dobbie interviews James dobbie

 former ambassador for Bush to Turkey and

Q’ this feels
besides the point now… the administration only another 3 weeks in power. Trump
much more unequivocally pro Israel?

A’ to some
degree yes, …but none the less the damage done by this resolution & I have
to underline, I am not of the people who normally support Obama & are
unhappy with PM Netanyahu including much of the Democrats in the Senate, The
Washington Post editorial board. Obama’s own ME negotiator Mitchell all are
very much appalled by this UN vote. The fact that we would not – such a one
sided & almost savage attack on Israel as is contained in that resolution.
We haven’t seen language like that, if ever, in the last 40 years. & it
looks like a revenge deal against Israel. What it does it will make Trump even
more anti UN yet for some things we need the UN. & its going to make the
Israeli leader more —. Finally… at the end of their statements (Palestinians)
saying they will embrace Kerry’s plan they said under int. law. Right now under int. law all
these Israeli settlements are absolutely flagrant violations of int. law117*.

& that’s something we haven’t emphasized in the past because they are going
to be traded in one way or another in every peace plan over the last 20 years.

Q’ do you think
one of the mistakes is that to treat settlements as a monolithic issue. Not all
settlements are the same, & not all Israelis feel the same about all the
settlements as Netanyahu & his government?

A’ that is true
but none the less Netanyahu
government has moved to the right 118* while I don’t think its good
for our own government to be castigating another government party composition.
None the less it is true. You can still have a 2 party solution to this
conflict if both sides are willing to sit down & negotiate on the basis as
Kerry cited in the second of his six points today. UN resolution 181 of 1947
which calls for an independent Palestinian & independent Jewish state. that’s
the basic framework.

Q’ & yet
there is no peace process. There is really no 2 state solution on the table
& Israel is not going to stop expanding the settlements it will eventually
impose the solution it wants with American backing won’t it?

A’ not really
because there Kerry does have a point. Eventually Israel cannot be democratic & a Jewish state. simply
the demographics won’t allow it to happen 119*.
Now it isn’t a
good idea for American officials to say this publicly, interfering in interior
affairs, but it is a reality. So Israel has a real incentive to negotiate, but
they have to negotiate with someone. The Clinton administration came right out
to the table with an offer that… that met everything Arafat wanted his comment
was basically that’s fine but I have to win this by the sword not by the pen
—. YES RLS very
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Kerry to give ME
peace speech. John
Kerry is set to give a speech in a couple of hours laying out the country’s
vision for ME peace. His remarks come as Israel defies a U.N. resolution by
going ahead with plans to build hundreds of new homes in east Jerusalem. The
Security Council called for Israel to end its settlement construction there and
in the West Bank. The U.S. abstained from the vote last week, allowing it to
pass. Israel says it has evidence that the White House pushed for the
resolution. The U.S., though, denies that claim. Ian Lee with more on the rocky
relationship between the two countries. Rosemary Church with Ian Lee live,

Q’: we’ve not seen this amount of hostility
between the two nations. And now of course Israel defying the U.N. resolution
that was passed, moving forward with these plans to build hundreds of homes in
the settlement in east Jerusalem. So what does this signal? And how can this go
forward? Is it just a matter of Israel waiting for the new administration, for
Trump to take power in January?

A’: Well, that’s right, Rosemary. This has
always been a rocky relationship, even though the Obama administration and
Netanyahu’s government has said that things were close, although we saw that
fall apart after this resolution. It’s important to note that these housing
units that Israel is building in east Jerusalem, this was the plan before this resolution
passed. So for the Israelis, it is business as usual. But there is a lot of
concern from the Netanyahu government that the talk that John Kerry is going to
give today to outline the vision of ME peace could be set in stone somewhat.
There is a Paris Peace Conference on January 15th. That could be discussed
then. And there’s fear in the government that this plan that Kerry sets out
could become another resolution at the U.N. Security Council setting the
parameters for what the future peace deal would look like.

Q’: And you mentioned that Paris Peace
Conference in January because that’s really what has worried Israel more than
this U.N. resolution that was passed because that is not binding, is it? What
is the big concern for Israel about what may very well come out of this peace

A’: …if this — Kerry’s outlining today is seen
as the parameters for a future peace settlement, if that at the Paris Peace
Conference they discuss that, that gives them five days until the inauguration
of Trump then becoming president Trump, in that window they’re afraid that you
could see a more binding U.N. Security Council resolution that would hold
Israel to these sorts of parameters. So there is that sort of fear that in the
final hours of the Obama administration, that they could dictate, not only the
Obama administration, of course there is other members of the U.N. Security
Council, but the int. community could dictate what sort of parameters there
would be for a lasting peace settlement. YES RLS important TOLOG

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cancels vote on E. Jerusalem housing. This comes as Kerry set to give a speech
spelling out his vision for ME peace. It comes in the wake of the UNSC
approving a resolution… Isa Soares with Oren Liebermann live,
Jerusalem. TOLOG

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cancels vote on settlement construction. The decision comes as Kerry prepares
to give a speech spelling out Washington’s vision for ME peace, Andrew Stevens
with Oren Liebermann live, Tel Aviv. TOLOG

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cancels vote on building in E. Jerusalem. A council member said the PM asked
then not to hold the vote as because it could be seen as a political act.
Because in a few hours Kerry is giving a speech on the Obama administrations
vision for ME peace. Even before Kerry’s speech there has already been
reactions to it, Isa Soares with Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem. Settlement
reaction: “John Kerry is a stain on American foreign policy who is
ignorant of the issues. He has chosen to eternalize his legacy as the worst
sec. of state in history that chose to stab his closest ally in the back while
rivers of blood flowed like water across the ME.” Oded Revivi, mayor of

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on construction in E. Jerusalem canceled. But just days after the UN security council voted to condemn
Israeli settlements, Jerusalem city council has canceled a vote to approve new construction. A council member says
the prime minister asked them not to hold the vote on building in E. Jerusalem,
because it comes just hours before the Kerry delivers a speech outlining the
Obama administration’s vision of a Middle East peace. But even before Mr. Kerry
gives that speech, he’s already
seen pushback. Kristie
Lu Stout with Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem.

first, why was
the vote on settlements canceled?

A’, Jerusalem
city council made their position quite clear. For them building is simply a
municipal need, a growing city needs more housing. And they don’t differentiate
between east or west Jerusalem. They simply build. But a city council member we
spoke with also says they didn’t want to turn this building into a political controversy, so they
decided to cancel the vote on hundreds of units in East Jerusalem, specifically
hours before Secretary of State John Kerry’s
speech. Now, they say this came from a request from Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu. That part is more difficult to understand. Was he trying to build just a bit of good will with
Secretary of State Kerry before his speech? Unlikely, given the words and the
criticism Netanyahu has leveled at
Kerry and President Barack Obama over the last few days. Perhaps, we’ll get
more insight into why Netanyahu ordered that or requested that after Kerry’s speech.

Q’: and more on
John Kerry’s speech. I mean, he’s going to be making the speech on the Obama
administration’s case and vision for Middle East peace, but what real impact is
it going to make?

A’: The idea is
that Kerry would lay out his conditions or his parameters for negotiations
between Israelis and Palestinians, which is to say how he views what both sides need to
concede in negotiations on the most sensitive issues, which is the status of
Jerusalem, borders, refugees, and
more. It’s not unprecedented. Bill Clinton did exactly this when his term was
over back in 2000 and they’re known now as the Clinton parameters. So, it could be Kerry and President Obama
weighing in on what may we call one day the Kerry parameters. Israelis are very
angry about this. They see this as another slap in the face and we’ve already
seen some strikes against sort of preemptive strikes,
against John Kerry.

Q’ And looming
over all this, of course, we have Donald Trump. The president-elect has said
that, quote, things will be different under his administration. But from Israel, I
mean, what does the government there expect a President Trump to do?

A’ Well, over
the past eight years every time Netanyahu announced more construction in the
settlements in the West Bank, in East Jerusalem, he was criticized by Obama and Secretary
Kerry. He expects, that is Netanyahu expects, less of that under Trump, who has
promised to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem to recognize Jerusalem
as Israel’s capital. That is part of the expectation on this end. In addition,
Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel has views far more in line with Netanyahu’s
own views, it’s also a clean start or a fresh start for Netanyahu and the American administration
after this one, that is to say Netanyahu and Obama after this relation is
falling apart dramatically in his last
few weeks here. YES RLS
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Vote on construction in E.
Jerusalem canceled. Kerry to outline vision for ME peace, Alison
Kosik with Elise Labott
live, Washington. …he hopes that at some point the Israelis & the
Palestinians will want to – because really a peace deal is the only way this
conflict is going to be resolved. TOLOG

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Awaiting Kerry speech on ME
peace. And just an hour from now, the United
States will make a last-ditch effort to lay the foundations, at least, for ME
peace before Obama leaves office. Kerry will outline a broad framework for a
final accord
between the Israelis and Palestinians. He may not find a receptive audience in
Israel, however, after the U.S. cleared the way for a UNSC resolution that
condemns Israeli settlements as a barrier to peace. Israel did step back from a
controversial vote scheduled for today
postponing an expected decision to green-light new construction in East
Jerusalem. Right, let’s get to the bottom of all of this shall we. Becky
Anderson with Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem.

Q’ Received
wisdom, at least, is that Kerry will deliver a withering critique of why his vision of ME peace
hasn’t come to pass during this administration, likely blaming the Israelis for
his vision’s failure. These are rocky times, but given Kerry has less than a
month in office, what’s the likely fallout where you are?

A’: Well, I
don’t think the Israelis are likely to be any more accepting of whatever it is
that Kerry sees as his and Obama’s
vision of plans for a two-state solution. I think as we saw Samantha Power
speak at the UN, she was also
critical of the Palestinian side. I suspect Kerry will be as well, because
they’ve been very careful to try to be balanced here. And yet that’s not likely
to win them any more friends in Israel. Netanyahu has repeatedly criticized
Kerry and Obama for what he calls this, quote, anti-Israel resolution, this,
quote, shameful resolution. So
the question is why do it? What is Kerry trying to achieve? Well, he wants to lay out his vision. The
Security Council resolution is nonbinding and doesn’t actually contain any specific language
about what the difference is, what the concessions should be. So, this will be
Kerry laying out his parameters
and trying to explain to both sides what they need to do. Is it likely to be
taken seriously? Well, possibly. It was Bill Clinton who did this same thing
when he left office in 2000. He laid out what’s known as the Clinton parameters, how
he thought all of this should shake out. Notably, Becky, just a couple weeks
after Clinton left office and President
George W. Bush came in, his Department of State said they’re rejecting the
Clinton parameters. We may very well see the same thing under Trump when he
takes office. So we’ll see. History will decide what lasting effect the Kerry
parameters will have. YES RLS important

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Israel looks
ahead to relationship with Trump. Becky Anderson with Oren Liebermann live,

Q’ An incoming
Trump administration means what, so far as Israel is concerned?

A’ Depends on
how many of his campaign promises he follows through on. Trump repeatedly
promised he would move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognize
Jerusalem as the capital    of Israel. The Palestinians have made it
clear if he does either of those, the two-state solution is dead. The PLO may
revoke its recognition of Israel and they would encourage other Arab states to
close their U.S. embassies120*.
But Trump has also said he’d
like to be the one to pursue an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. He’s called it
in the past the “ultimate deal”.
At that, Palestinians say if he sticks to those words there may be some progress
here. Israelis and Netanyahu in particular
have made it clear they’re very excited to work with President- elect Donald
Trump. So I think it just depends on which of those statements he follows
through on. It’s one or the other, he can pursue peace or move the embassy. Palestinians have made it
clear it’s one or the other, not both 121*.
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I we want to
get you back to the Obama administration’s last-minute push for Middle East
peace. Kerry will outline a broad… But
what sticking power will any vision for ME peace have with Trump just weeks
away from taking office? Well, if
you have any doubt on where the next U.S. president stands, well, just look at
his new tweets. He wrote just
minutes ago, we cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total
disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but not anymore. The
beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal and now this UN. “Stay
strong, Israel. January 20th is fast
approaching.” Well, this is quite a departure from what Trump said as a
presidential candidate, you may remember at an MSNBC townhall back in February,
he promised to be a neutral guy
in trying to broker Middle East peace. Have a listen. TRUMP: “I don’t want
to get into it for a different reason, Joe, because if I do win, you know,
there has to be a certain amount of
surprise, unpredictability. Our country has no unpredictability. If I win, I
don’t want to be in a position where I’m saying to you and the other side now
saying, we don’t want Trump involved. Let me be sort of a neutral guy. Let’s see what — I’m going to
give it a shot. It would be so great. I would be so proud if I could do that. I
don’t know if it’s doable. I have friends of mine that are tremendous business
people that are really great negotiators. They say it’s not doable. You
understand a lot of people have gone down in flames trying to make that deal. So,
I don’t want to say whose fault it is. I don’t think it helps.” All right,
let’s get some perspective.

Becky Anderson
interviews Edward Djerejian, former US ambassador to Israel and to Syria who is
now director of the Baker Institute at Rice U.

Q’ You served under
eight U.S. presidents. If you were serving under a ninth come the 20th of
January, do you think you would be surprised by an unpredictable new President Trump when it
comes to Israel and Middle East peace?

A’: I think
that what you have just put on your screen, the various comments that he’s made during the campaign and now his
tweets, I do think he is keeping his options open, despite his strong criticism
of the Obama administration’s decision
on the latest UNSC resolution on Israeli settlements this week. He has stated that this is a deal, he
called it the “ultimate deal” that he would like to try to achieve,
but we have to see what happens. He’s putting
his team together. Once he gets into the White House, he’ll seek perhaps a
different perspective.

Q’: Let’s just
interrogate a little further what he has said because I understand where you
are coming from. You are not surprised by the
following tweet, “we cannot continue to let Israel to be treated
with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but not anymore,” alluding as
you rightly pointed out to the UN resolution on settlements last week that the
U.S. abstained from. You’re not surprised by that, but you say despite that
tweet, you think he may just surprise us all. So how about his pick for Israeli
ambassador? What does that tell you about where U.S.-Israeli policy might go
going forward?

A’ Well, I
think the statement that his nominee for ambassador to Israel, the statements
that he made really, in many ways, are contrary to establish the U.S. policy
going way back since 1967 and UN council resolutions 242 and 338, and the basic concept of land for
peace which has really dominated
the whole negotiating process since ’67 with international support.122*

Now this, what happened at the UNSC last week, frankly, is not new. If you go
back to 1980, resolution, UNSC resolution 471 was a strong condemnation of Israeli
settlement policy. Every administration, Democratic and Republican since, has supported Israel strongly as a key
United States ally, its security – look what Obama has done in terms of the
military support that we are giving
Israel, this ten-year package. But at the same time, has been advocating a 2 state solution in which
Israeli settlements have been considered
to be an obstacle to peace and illegal. 123*

Q’ And I hear
what you are saying. The Israelis are certainly giving the impression that this
was a unique positioning from the U.S. last week at the UN. They are furious about it.
They say they have evidence to suggest this was cooked up between the U.S. and
the Palestinians. And they say they will offer that evidence to President
Trump. Let’s step back for a moment. With less than an hour to go before this
speech by Kerry, what is he likely to say today? How might it affect relations over
the next three weeks with the U.S., and will it have any stickability at all
with this incoming Trump administration?
I guess what I’m asking you is, what’s the point?

A’: (laughs) Well,
basically, Becky, if we really do step back, let’s not forget that the Obama administration came into office in
2009 and one of the first major foreign policy priorities the president put
forward was Israeli-Palestinian peace and a very strong statement against
Israeli settlements. I think it’s very noteworthy that the administration, the
Obama administration, is now leaving office with the same issue being
prioritized, both settlements and an
Israeli Palestinian peace settlement. That’s interesting. And I think that the
Obama administration has been so frustrated because of the major effort, and I
commend their efforts for trying to make peace. I don’t chide any
administration for not making the effort. But it hasn’t led to any successful
outcome. So basically what
happened is that because the Israelis were going forward to, even in Israel to
legislate a law that would make illegal outposts 
regularized, the impetus in the international community to make a statement
against settlements occurred. The United States abstained. Again, that’s not new, the United States has
abstained in the past on such resolutions. (tries to interrupt) But here — the
last point I want to make is that what Kerry is doing, and I thought maybe
Obama would do it before he left, is to lay out the parameters of the Israeli Palestinian
peace settlement that they have been trying to get to for the last eight years.

Q’ The parameters
which you have called interesting so far as a vision is concerned, others will
have called an outright failure. As this administration
leaves office. Has the prospect of peace in the ME gotten better or worse under
eight years of President Obama and the U.S.?

A’ I think it’s
been a stalemate, to tell you the truth. I can’t say better or worse, it’s a
stalemate. But here is the major factor, Israel has two choices, the
Palestinians have two choices. Either a 2 state solution, in which an independent Israel can live in
peace and security next to an independent Palestinian state where the two sides separate under a peace agreement, or
under continuing occupation and settlement activity, Israel will be going
toward a one-state solution which may
be a real threat to Israel’s democratic and Jewish nature. 124*

Anderson: And
I’m just looking at a tweet from Netanyahu.
“Thank you for your clear-cut support, alluding to President Trump.
President-elect Trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut
support for Israel! YES
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Soon: Kerry to
speak on ME peace. Kate Bolduan with Elise Labott & Oren Liebermann &
Errol Louis (CNN political commentator), David Rohde (Natl. Security
Investigations Editor, Reuters), Jackie Kucinich (CNN political analyst) TOLOG

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Kerry speech live.

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Kerry speech. 2 state
solution is only path to peace. Kate Bolduan
with panel. Elise Labott;

Aaron David Miller: all I
can say is WOW! …never have I heard a speech, first of all 70 minutes. Second
that was personal & passionate. Its almost as if this speech embodied the sentiments of a man who
cares so deeply about this. Who is so fundamentally frustrated by the absence
of progress & so convinced that the 2 state solution is about to become a
one state outcome, unless something is done his efforts & the efforts of
the US is doomed
.125* It is interesting that it is the Sec. of
State that gave the speech not the president. …I would also argue that the
context here… is everything. The question how is this going to be heard,
interpreted & read in view of US abstention in the UNSC. & I think that
is going to diminish the receptivity of this.

Q’ …when he said current
coalition is the most right wing in Israel’s history & with an agenda
coming from the most extreme elements. That’s a pretty blunt message?

A’ Ron Brownstein, CNN
political Analyst: I thought it was a very long speech. but the core of it can
summed up concisely which is while Netanyahu publicly supports a 2 state solution, with the word
publicly being underlined, his government is pursuing government policies that
in effect render it impractical & are effectively extinguishing it
.126* …I think this was
basically designed to help speed or perhaps change the direction of the debate
inside of Israel as the US begins to move in another direction.

A’ David Rhode: …he
squarely went at the settler movement. I think its extraordinary to have the US
Secretary of State making this appeal largely to the American public (I think
he meant Israeli public…). Netanyahu came made a similar appeal to the American
voters to scuttle the Iran deal. So part of it is this ill will. I traveled
with Kerry 3 years ago he said the exact same things. Whether he is right or
wrong that’s the key debate, but he does not believe that a one state solution
can resolve in a democratic Israel. You can’t have one state, have all those
Palestinians under Israelis & maintain a democracy. YES RLS important TOLOG

Q’: Your
reaction to Secretary Kerry?

A’: Bennett: Well,
I think it was very idealistic, detached from reality, not very realistic. It
failed to mention that it was the Palestinian consistent refusal that did not
allow the two-state solution. He mentioned resolution 181 from 1947 which
Israel accepted and they did not. But also, only lately they Netanyahu agreed
to freeze settlements to no avail. In 2000, Barak offered everything to Arafat
to no avail. In 2008, Olmert offered everything to Abu Mazen in the same lines
that pretty much was mentioned here by the secretary. It is the Palestinians
refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. So what was failing here is the
Palestinian side, not only they refused all the offers from Israel before, but also
there was no demand, equal demands on the Palestinians, what they need to do. There
was kind of a tunnel vision, expounding and pouncing only on the settlements
which is only one issue of many core issues. Recognition of Israel as a Jewish
state. No demands on the Palestinians to do that. Refugee issues, Palestinians
giving up, inundating Israel with Palestinians. No mention of that that they
should give it up totally. Sharing and not exclusive demands of the
Palestinians for sovereignty over the most holiest sites in history where
there’s a temple site (cross talk)…

Q’: And this
gets to the point that that the Secretary of State, he laid out later on, it’s
more towards the end of his speech. I do want to get your take, your direct
reaction to what you heard though from Secretary Kerry. You have said that this
resolution at the UNSC that it undermined Israel. He said very clearly at one
point, we reject the criticism that this vote abandons Israel. His remarks
today, does it move you? Do you think it moves Israelis and Palestinians any
closer to getting back to the negotiating table?

A’: I’m sorry
Kate, no. It’s quite frustrating that what we see here there is no new vision.
It was quite academic maybe, but no leadership, trying more of the same which
was a failure for the last 23 years since Oslo. And again, here I think that
there was no demand from the Palestinians. There was a lip service maybe about
the defensible borders was kind of after the fact, but the issue here is
Israel’s existence and future. And a peace will come not out of just outlining
these points, but out of real historic reconciliation. Palestinians
understanding that only peaceful coexistence can endure and not just a piece of
paper. And also one important point, it was detached from the geopolitical
environment of the region. Something has happened in the region in the last six
years. There was no mention about the deal with Iran which jeopardizes the
security of Israel and also the Sunni countries. The secretary rightly
mentioned that they are converging interests now between the Sunni countries,
the Gulf countries, Egypt, Jordan and Israel, but why is it? Because Iran has
become so much stronger because of the Iran deal. Also, Iran is a perpetuate
supporter of terror and destabilizing the entire region. Syria, and also the
Palestinian… (interrupts)

Q’: You are
also disputing with what the secretary said when he said that no American administration
has done more for Israeli security than Barack Obama. It seems that you
disagree with that point. I do want to get your take on something important
that has been playing out in the last week, and that Kerry addressed very
directly in his speech just now. We’ve heard from, I have been told — directly
we’ve all been told directly from Israeli leaders that they’ve ironclad
information that it was the United States that was behind, colluding, pushing
this resolution at the UNSC. Kerry very clearly rejects that idea. He did very
clearly in this speech right now. It does not appear both sides can be right on

A’: Well, I
think it is quite clear that there was a very, very intensive meetings between
high level officials, Palestinians and the Americans. So there was no dispute
about that. So anybody can infer, you know, what was discussed over there. And
consequently, the decision and the vote by the United States. But also (interrupts)

Q’: Do you
think Secretary Kerry is lying?

A’: (I think
what was letting, yeah). I don’t know. He is saying that, Netanyahu is lying.
And I don’t think Netanyahu is lying. Israeli, I would say information. Israeli
statements have been known to be quite reliable and quite credible, but I don’t
think this is the issue who is right here. The issue here, to look at the
bigger, bigger picture as long as we have ISIS and al-Qaeda and Hamas…

Q’: Mr.

A’: … and the
many, many Palestinians terror organizations in the west bank, not just in
Gaza. It’s all very theoretical.

Bolduan: The
only reason I was cutting off is that your satellite window is about to close
on us right now and I don’t want to stop. YES RLS very important TOLOG

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Kerry’s speech. Kate
Bolduan with Oren Liebermann live,

Q’ Oren,
we heard there from Ayalon with a very clear message on his reaction to Kerry’s
speech. What other reactions are you hearing from Israelis and Palestinians?

A’: So let me
point out one thing, and it’s an interesting point. One of your guests
suggested that this was a speech directed for the Israeli public. If so, if
that really was the intent, that intent missed the mark. The speech wasn’t
carried live here. A part of that maybe the language difference, although
that’s a little hard to believe since it’s fairly easy to get a translator and
many Israelis understand English. But, I think a bigger part of that is the
resolution that just passed and many Israelis, I would say most Israeli simple
don’t want to hear another Kerry explanation. And that’s very much how this
speech was viewed. We’re working on getting Palestinian reaction. The speech
ended just a few minutes ago. PM’s office also working on their reaction.
They’re taking their time in formulating a response. I think both sides wanted
to hear exactly what is John Kerry lay out. But, we did get a response from
Naftali Bennett. He is the education minister, the right wing leader that
Secretary State John Kerry called out specifically.
He is the one who right after President- elect Donald Trump’s election said the
era of a Palestinian state is over, and he hasn’t backed down on that on that
at all. He said that Israel would never allow a terrorist state nearby. He
again reinforcing exactly what Kerry said is the problem here. Kerry said the
problem is that the Israeli government is led by settler leaders, Naftali
Bennett, a settler leader and to the right of Netanyahu. He has doubled down on
his comments and his criticism of John Kerry.

Aaron David
Miller: I mean, I think there’s another reality we have to face up to. George
Shultz once said that if you don’t have a policy there’s a great tendency to
give a speech. And there are two points worth making here. Within three weeks,
you’re going to see an incoming administration most likely walk away from just
about every element in the Kerry speech. And number two, there’s another basic
reality. This is peace process just isn’t ready for prime time. You don’t have a
leadership, you don’t have the ownership, & you need at least one of those
in order to allow for effective U.S. mediation. This was a thought experiment
in many respects, a way for the secretary of state to put his own views and the
views of the US on the importance and urgency of this process. I just don’t
think this speech, or the SC resolution is going to have legs going forward.
And that something sobering and quite depressing but I think true. YES RLS very important TOLOG

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Kerry’s speech. Kate
Bolduan with Elise Labott live Washington

…his vision forward with regard to Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a
blunt, passionate, at times angry message coming from the secretary.

Labott: I want
to read something that I just got from an Israeli friend of mine that I’ve been
communicating with over the years in my travels there. —(?) been very tough
over the years against the U.S. and in particular Obama and Kerry. This person
just e-mailed me and said the speech was very, very good. It was balanced and
simply logical and fair. I don’t know what “Bibi”, that’s Netanyahu’s
kind of nickname will say. But I think rational Israelis will agree with me. And
I think it kind of sets up about what Secretary Kerry was trying to talk to
when he talked to the Israeli public about this kind of disconnect between what
he calls a kind of direction by the right in Netanyahu’s government and the
Israeli people who are very concerned about a 2 state solution and what that
will mean for their security. But they do want peace with the Palestinians.
They do want a 2 state solution. And I think many would say that the
settlements might, you know, affect that in some way. I mean, they’re not
against settlements. But I think that there is a little bit of a disconnect
that Kerry was trying to speak to when he said that the wealth (?) of the
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Kerry’s speech.

 Kate Bolduan interviews George Mitchell. Few
people know more of the ins and outs of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and
the U.S. role like. George Mitchell, U.S. special envoy for ME peace under
President Obama and he’s joining me now. He also very — has a new book out
called “A Path to Peace”. A brief history of Israeli Palestinian
negotiations and a way forward in the ME. If you could sum it up in the sense
of on the way forward, you could probably make a whole lot of money. Your
reaction to Kerry’s speech?

A’: I thought it was a robust
defense of the 2 state solution, much needed because the 2 state solution has
not been achieved, despite years of efforts 127*.
And therefore
is increasingly criticized. And I think support for it likely is declining. Not
just in the ME, but in the US and elsewhere. So, Kerry has put a lot of
personal time and effort. Obviously has a deep emotional commitment and all of
that came through in the speech. I think the difficulties are external to
Kerry, and the speech. –(?) first the speech was made by the secretary of state
not the president. By definition, therefore, it won’t command the same degree
of audience, and as one of your commentators, –has just previously noted it
comes in the immediate wake of the UNSC resolution, which has created some
degree of hostility between the U.S. and Israeli governments, so, therefore,
perhaps the receptivity is lower than it might have been. I’d just like to make
a minor correction of something that was said earlier. The ambassador referred
to Israel’s actions in recent years as a freeze on settlements, and many of
your commentators has said the same thing over a period of time. I negotiated that agreement,
and it was a very significant action taken by the government of Israel, of that
there can and should be no doubt. But it was not a freeze. It was a moratorium
on the starting of new housing construction. Settlements continued in
construction that had been begun, and other than non-housing continued in any
event and it lasted for ten months. We wish it could have been extended but it
wasn’t. As I said, it was a very important step but it was not a freeze. And
from the Palestinian and Arab standpoint, since it did not include east
Jerusalem it was, therefore, not persuasive to them. 128*

Q’: if you’re
standing in your old position today what did Kerry’s speech do for your job?
Help, hurt, do nothing?

A’: Well, help
with some and hurt with others. And it was still others do nothing. I think one
of the problems is, one of the reasons I thought the president should have
vetoed the resolution was that the purpose of American policy is to bring the
two sides together in negotiation. And I think they’re now both moving in
opposite directions that are for both of them self-destructive. The
Palestinians now feel validated in their getting a state through international
institutions. And to me, that’s a mirage. They might get a nominal state. But
they can’t get a real state on the ground without the full participation by
Israel. And that will only come through negotiations. So it moves them away by
giving them this other incentive. For Israel, already isolated in the Muslim
world, which now comprises a fifth of the world’s population in a few decades
it will be a third. The prime minister’s actions after the resolution have
deepened the isolation in the rest of the world. I may be wrong on this, but to the best of my knowledge
there is not a single country in the world out of nearly 200 that has come out
in support of Israel’s position on the resolutions. And there’s the prime
minister taking on Britain, France, Spain, New Zealand, countries that are
natural allies of Israel. Israel should be getting this debate behind
them and trying to move to broaden their base of support in the international
community. And it won’t come in a debate over settlements because there just
isn’t international support for that.

Q’: I do want
to get your take. You mentioned the prime minister. Even before Kerry took to
the microphone today, incoming president, Trump he tweeted, basically said in
summary he said “Stay strong, Israel, January 20th is fast
approaching”. Meaning he’ll have better relations and do better for Israel
than the current administration. Fascinating to me is that Netanyahu responded to
him on Twitter saying, “President-elect Trump, thank you for your warm
friendship and your clear-cut support for Israel.” What do you make of

A’: Well, I
think it’s unfortunate, but it’s a reality, and we should not make too much of
it. The fact is that there have been sharp conflicts between presidents and
prime ministers going back to the beginning of Israel. President Eisenhower
wouldn’t even speak to Ben Gurion at a critical moment in Israel’s history.
Threatened to go to the UN and sponsor a US resolution against Israel. Reagan
and Prime Minister Begin had a very bitter exchange over Reagan’s plan. So, the
relationship we have to keep in mind is between the countries and the people.
Presidents come and go, prime ministers come and go. They don’t get along
sometimes, and that does have an effect and it’s clearly reflected now. But
ultimately, the U.S. relationship with Israel will survive and be strong. YES RLS very important TOLOG

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Wolf, Jake Tapper. ..we begin with a rather stunning speech from secretary of
state, Kerry, in which he harshly criticized the government of Israeli prime
minister Benjamin Netanyahu, suggesting that Netanyahu’s government is pursuing
policies that would preclude a two-state solution and any sort of peace in the
region. He outlined the Obama administration’s vision for a two-state solution
for Israel and Palestine. This comes five days after the U.S. allowed that
controversial United Nations security council resolution to pass which
condemned Israeli settlements from being built in east Jerusalem and the west
bank. Kerry suggested that the U.S. vote was in opposition to the most extreme
elements of Israeli’s society, the settlers. Kerry: “This administration has
been Israel’s greatest friend and supporter with an absolutely unwavering
commitment to advancing Israel’s security and protecting its legitimacy. On this point, I want to be very clear. No
American administration has done more for Israel’s security than Barack
Obama’s. Despite our best efforts over the years, the two-state solution is now
in serious jeopardy. The truth is
that trends on the ground, violence, terrorism, incitement, settlement
expansion and the seemingly endless occupation, they are combining to destroy
hopes for peace on both sides, and increasingly cementing and irreversible
one-state reality that most people do not actually want. Here is a fundamental
reality. If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or Democratic.
It cannot be both.” Now, to Mr.
Kerry’s critics, the speech coming less than a month before Trump takes office
was an unwelcome shot at an American ally, Israel. One that attempted to make a
moral equivalence between the construction of settlements and acts of terrorism
against Israelis by Palestinians. In addition, it, of course, gave attention to
a relatively small issue in the view of the Israeli government, compared to
other more pressing issues in the region, including the mass murder in Syria by
Assad and the rise of ISIS.
Jake Tapper with  Oren Liebermann,
Jerusalem & Elise Labott Washington & Suzanne Malveaux. 

Q’ Oren, The
city of Jerusalem today canceled a vote to approve new construction in E.
Jerusalem at the request of Netanyahu. What is the reaction to the speech from

Well, interesting point here. The speech actually wasn’t carried live on
Israeli television. I think part of that maybe just the decision that many here
didn’t want to hear what Kerry had to say after the U.N. Security Council
resolution vote. … As for a reaction from the leaderships here, Netanyahu and
Abbas, they’re taking their time to formulate their reaction. They weren’t
aware of what the speech would say in advance, even if they had an expectation.
So, they haven’t responded yet. One of the responses we have gotten is from the
education minister here, Naftali Bennett. He is leader of the right wing Jewish
home party, an outspoken critic of the two-state solution. One of the quickest
responses, saying, basically, it’s a one-state solution and Israel will not
accept a terrorist state next door. So, that is exactly who Kerry called out in
this speech when he said it’s the settler movement that’s leading the Israeli
government. That is something that Bennett has already responded to and
something, I think, we can expect Prime Minister Netanyahu to expect too. As to the rest of this, one of the
things we were listening for here was what are Kerry’s ideas? What are his
specific solutions on how to solve some of the complex issues, refugees,
Jerusalem? That’s where I think we were looking for a lot more detail and some
specific answers on what he would do. In fact, in comparing this speech, to
Clinton’s parameters from 16 years ago, Clinton gave a lot more detail on how
he would handle that than did Kerry. Just now, kind of, sort of saying, we’ll
find a solution and here’s kind of how you make it work…
Tapper: Elise, at the State Department. There’s really very little the Obama
administration can do with just 23 days before President Obama and Secretary of
State Kerry leave office. What was Kerry hoping to accomplish with this speech

Labott: Well, I
think a couple of things. First of all, I think it was a dose of tough love. 129* You know, in this speech, he talks about the U.S. support for
Israel. But he also said that doesn’t mean that we agree with every policy and
that we can’t let friends know when we think they’re taking actions that are
against their national security or what they say that they want. Netanyahu has
said he wants a 2 state solution. And so, I think Secretary Kerry is, you know,
his primary argument was these expansion of settlements, and that’s why the
U.S. has agreed to abstain from that vote and let it pass, are really hurting
the chances of what he says he wants, a 2 state solution. I don’t think Kerry
expects that the parties will get back to the table immediately and take up his
ideas. He knows that the Trump administration is also going to want to come in.
But he did work on this four years. He led those peace talks for a year between
Israelis and Palestinians. They did kind of move for — the ball forward on
some issues, not all. But he’s hoping that this could, perhaps, be the basis
for where the parties pick up when they decide to get back to the table. Because
he says that’s what’s really going to be the only thing that solves the
conflict is a peace negotiation. 

Although, Suzanne, obviously Trump and his team come at this from a very
different direction. Trump criticized the UN following the Security Council
vote. What are we hearing from Trump today about the future of relations
between the US and Israel?

Malveaux: Well for
Donald Trump jumping to the role of president January 20th is more like a
suggestion. He’s been weighing in heavily over the issue the last week. He
tweeted this morning, this is just hours before Secretary Kerry’s speech, in
two parts because not everything can fit into 140 characters. Saying, we cannot
continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They
used to have a great friend in the U.S. but not anymore. The beginning of the
end was the horrible Iran deal and now this, U.N. Stay strong, Israel, January
20th is fast approaching. And then, this morning, Netanyahu tweeted him back
thanking him for that support. Also this morning, I was on a conference call
with Sean Spicer, incoming press secretary, who said that the U.S. relationship
with Israel under Trump, in fact, would be stronger. We have seen signs that
Trump wants to go in that direction. He has selected David Friedman as the new
ambassador to Israel. He supports Israeli settlements, moving the embassy from
Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, making Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish state. And
also defunding the UN for the resolution that was critical of Israel. Also
today, House Republican leaders announced that when the new Congress does come
back in January, they’re going to introduce a measure that’s denouncing the UN
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Let’s talk about Secretary of State Kerry’s assertion just a short time ago
that, quote, “the two-state solution is in serious jeopardy.”

Jake Tapper
with Hala Gorani & Laura Rozen, diplomatic correspondent for Al Monitor,
& Jon Alterman, director of the ME program for the Center for Strategic
& International Studies.

Q’ Hala do you
think Kerry’s speech did anything to change the chances of peace in the ME or
is it possible that it might have even made it tougher?

Gorani: Well,
at this late stage, perhaps in the Obama administration with three more weeks
to go, I think it’s difficult to argue that a speech would make really a
tangible difference on the ground. …the administration of Trump that will take
over with very different views on what needs to be done. In fact, Trump already
tweeting his opposition to what Obama and Kerry have been saying and the US
abstention at the UN Security Council. And so, I don’t think that’s really what
the administration is trying to do here. Perhaps the audience is an Israeli one
here as far as Kerry is concerned. Perhaps, also, it’s simply putting it on the
record at this very late stage with just weeks to go, where the Obama
administration stands on settlements, in particular. Because 70 minutes of this
speech, most of it devoted to these settlements in east Jerusalem and these
outposts that the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, are voting to legalize. So,
I think that really was the intent. Not with really kind of the idea that this
would make any difference on the ground, especially Netanyahu, coming out, so
sort of like such an aggressive way, criticizing the Obama administration for
the statements that it’s made and its moves in the UN. 

Tapper: And,
Laura, Suzanne Malveaux, just minute ago, alluded to the tweet that Netanyahu
wrote in response to Donald Trump’s tweets. He wrote: “President-elect
Trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support for
Israel.” He even put the U.S. and Israel flag emojis. The question is, with
this obviously very fastly solidifying relationship between Netanyahu and
Trump, why even bother giving the speech today? Everybody knows the Obama
administration position on the settlements and the U.N. vote last week made it
pretty clear. 

Laura Rozen, (diplomatic
correspondent, Al Monitor): Well, I think, partly, Kerry wanted to push back a
little bit at the Israeli criticism that the Obama administration was betraying
Israel. You know, Kerry indicated he’s had hundreds of calls with Netanyahu and
all of this was quite predictable. And he said, you know, look, in the end, we could not, in
good conscience, protect the most extreme elements of the settler movement as
it destroyed the 2 state solution which he said is in U.S. interest. 130*

Tapper: That’s
interesting. And obviously, John, you know, the idea of the settlements,
they’re very controversial. But I think one of the points we keep hearing from
the Israelis, and, they have a point which is this is what the Obama administration
wants to go out fighting for? I mean, Syria is in tatters. There’s a war going
on in Yemen. I could go on but you get the point. Why make Israeli settlements
the focus of your foreign policy on your way out the door? 

Jon Alterman, ME
program director, CSIS: Right, and I think that the Israeli response has been
the Obama administration has been consistently misguided and naive. The Obama administration’s
response is the Israeli government has been consistently shortsighted. Each one
is going out arguing the case they’ve been arguing for quite some time. I think
Laura’s exactly right that the president — or that John Kerry wanted to make
the point to just correct the record, to push back. But, in some ways, a lot of
the speech was either talking to the historical record or digging out some
talking points from two years ago that they had on the shelf that were sitting
there. And they just said, well, for the record, we’re going to put that out,

Tapper:, Hala,
let me — let me read for you the statement from the spokesman for Netanyahu,
David Keyes, quote, “Like the security council resolution that Secretary
Kerry advanced in the U.N., his speech tonight was skewed against Israel.”
…”For over an hour, Kerry obsessively dealt with settlements and barely
touched upon the roots of the conflict, Palestinian opposition to a Jewish
state in any boundaries.” What’s your response?

Gorani: Well, that’s the criticism, of
course, from the Netanyahu government. It’s one we’ve heard time and time again
. It’s important, though, to note that several months ago, of
course, the US… under the Obama administration, that the largest ever security
aid package to Israel was authorized. We’re talking $38 billion over 10 years. So,
you do have this spat. It could have, perhaps, some of its roots in a very
difficult personal relationship between Obama and Netanyahu. But strategically
speaking, it’s difficult to argue that the United States is somehow turning its
back on Israel under Obama, because the aid, the strategic relationship is
still very much there. So, coming from the Netanyahu government, it is expected that we’d
hear from David Keyes say something like that 132*
. But, really,
practically, the relationship is still, in terms of the strategic financial, in
terms of the security aid package, still very much there.

Tapper: And,
Jon, one of the points that Kerry was trying to make was in the long term,
Israel can’t be both Jewish and Democratic, unless there is also a Palestinian
state. Obama (at UN): “The United States does Israel no favors when we
fail to couple an unwavering commitment to its security with an insistence that
Israel respect the legitimate claims and rights of the Palestinians. And
nations within this body do the Palestinians no favors when they choose –(?)
tax against Israel over constructive willingness to recognize Israel’s
legitimacy and its right to exist in peace and security.”

Tapper: That
was, obviously, the wrong sound. Why don’t you respond to that? That’s actually
President Obama speaking at the United Nations in 2009, first broaching the
idea of an Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Alterman: Look, I think the president
feels that he’s been even handed. He’s been right on this
.133* So, I think there are two
interesting consequences of a different US policy towards Israel. One is that
Israeli governments have relied on the United States to restrain the  . That you want the opposition to the
U.S. government to have to avoid having to capitulate to the right wing 134*. And it seems with a
Trump administration, the Netanyahu government, which has relied on that as
much as any, won’t have that. The other thing is I think you’re going to have
greater polarization in the American-Jewish community because there are a lot
of people who agree very much with what Kerry said today. I think, that speech
was really directed more at Americans than at Israelis, and there are a lot of
Americans who agree much more with Kerry than they’re going to agree with Trump
or with his ambassador to Israel. I think the future of US Israeli relations
when the American Jewish community is more split is one of the really important
things that we may be looking at in the years to come. 

Tapper: Laura,
let me run the sound that I actually wanted to run and then get your reaction.
This is John Kerry talking about the challenge, or if not impossibility, of
Israel without a Palestinian state next to it staying both Jewish and
democratic. Kerry: “Here is a fundamental reality. If the choice is one
state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both.”

Laura Rozen:
You know, this is the argument that, as Jon was sayings, that the Netanyahu
government and Obama administration have been having for eight years, which is,
the US saying the status quo will not hold and Israel saying, let’s just kick
it down the road and we’ll be ready later. And so you saw, you know, Kerry
answering, you know, well, what is the status quo going to lead to but
permanent occupation and…(interrupts)

Tapper: Yes.
And he came very close, although he didn’t use the world “apartheid”.

Rozen: Right. Tapper:
But he came very close to saying it and — although I think he’s used the term
in the past talking about a separate but unequal society in the West Bank. Up next, Israeli politician Naftali
Bennett, who says Secretary of State Kerry may have had good intentions but,
quote, he is “divorced from reality.”  YES RLS very important TOLOG

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Kerry this
morning saying that the two-state solution for Mideast peace is in jeopardy.
Kerry saying that Israeli settlements are not the only obstacle, but he seemed
to focus on them as the main part of the problem. Kerry says that’s why the
United States chose to abstain rather than veto the United Nations Security
Council resolution condemning the settlements on Friday. Kerry: “In
literally hundreds of conversations with Netanyahu, I have made clear that
continued settlements activity would only increase pressure for an int.
response. In the end, we could not, in good conscience, protect the most extreme
elements of the settler movement as it tries to destroy the two-state solution.
We could not, in good conscience, turn a blind eye to Palestinian actions that
fan hatred and violence. It is not in U.S. interests to help anyone on either
side create a unitary state, and we may not be able to stop them, but we cannot
be expected to defend them.” Tapper interviews Naftali Bennett.

Q’ What’s your
reaction to Kerry’s argument about the necessary way forward in his view?

A’: Well,
Kerry’s speech was not unlike the Obama policy. It’s divorced from reality, but
with good intentions. It’s left the Middle East in flames, a genocide in Syria,
Iraq falling apart, Iran on a path to a nuclear weapon, and abandoning the only
free democracy in the ME, Israel. It’s wrong, it’s immoral, but we will
prevail. We’re strong. We’re fighting against radical Islamic terror in the
midst of the ME, and we expected back wind and we hope to get some.

Q’: So let’s focus on the
settlements issue since it is what Secretary Kerry was talking about and it was
the focus of the UNSC resolution on Friday.135*
What is the
justification for building settlements deep into the West Bank area? Not the
part of the West Bank or E. Jerusalem that is likely to become part of Israel
in any sort of two state solution after a negotiated peace, but the parts that
will not become part of Israel, if there ever is a 2 state solution? What’s the
justification for building those settlements?

A’: There is
already a Palestinian state formed in 2005 in Gaza and they turned it into a
terror state. You know, we pulled back to the ’67 lines, pulled out all the
Jews, handed it over to Abu Mazen and they turned it into a terror state.
Anyone in their right mind cannot imagine forming another one right here in Jerusalem,
our eternal capital. That would be insane. So I oppose forming a second
Palestinian state in what you call the West Bank, i.e. Judea and Samaria. Judea
and Samaria has been a Jewish state for roughly 3300 years, well before, you
know, the first Americans reach the new continent of America, and we’re going
to stay here forever.

Q’: Kerry
saying that in that one state solution that you are suggesting — let’s remove
Gaza from the equation, Israel can become, Israel can be Jewish or Israel can
be democratic, but it cannot be both. How do you solve that problem of the fact
that there will be millions of Palestinians that I don’t presume you would be
giving voting rights or travel rights to, to the extent that they would seek?

A’: Of course
they would have voting rights. They would have voting rights for their entity.
They can exercise it in the Palestinian state in Gaza, or in the autonomy in
the West Bank. That’s up to them. They have voting rights like any other person
in the world. I profoundly disagree with this this stark vision of Kerry. We’re
the ones fighting, out there fighting for the defense of the free world. And
within smaller Israel, it’s quite the contrary. We have supreme court judges
that are Arabs. We have members of our parliament that are Arabs. So the only
free democracy in the Middle East is, in fact, Israel. And sort of abandoning
Israel while we’re out there fighting ISIS and Hamas and Hezbollah is simply
wrong. Q’: Your government says that Israel has, quote, “ironclad
information” proving that the Obama administration orchestrated the UNSC
vote and that you will turn it over to the Trump administration. That seems
odd. Why not just present it to the public? It’s a rather stark charge to make,
especially considering the Obama administration disputes it. A’: Well, we know
that it’s a premeditated plan. But, you know, the bond between the American
people, who seek freedom and democracy, and the Israeli people, which are in
the midst of the toughest area in the world, goes so deep, way beyond one
administration or another. It’s unfortunate that Kerry and Obama have decided
to go down this track, both vis-a-vis Iran and the Security Council. We’re out
fighting to prevent terror attacks in Orlando, in Brussels, in London, because
we’re the ones, I’ve been fighting Hezbollah and Hamas for, you know, over 25
years, myself. I’ve lost friends. We want peace. But the only way to achieve
peace in the ME is by being strong and fighting the bad and evil forces of Iran
and ISIS. And that’s exactly what we’re doing.

Q’: …the vote
in the UNSC resolution, as you know, was 14 in favor of the anti-settlements
resolution, one abstention, the US. Now your government, the Netanyahu
government, is taking steps to curb diplomatic relations with countries that
include the U.K., France, Spain, Ukraine and on and on, New Zealand, Egypt. Is Israel not isolating itself
from the rest of the world by not taking the message that people think that
these settlements are a true impediment to peace?

A’: You just
said twice the term “settlements.” You know, we’re not occupying any
land. One cannot occupy his own home. This city behind me is Jerusalem. It’s
been our capital for 3,000 years, way before London was the British capital

Q’: You dispute
the idea that these are settlements?

A’:… And way
before Washington, D.C., was the American capital. These are not settlements.
We’ve got about 650,000 Israelis living in Jerusalem, in east Jerusalem and
Judea and Samaria. Big cities. You know, one might imagine a small tent on a
hill. That’s not what we’re talking about. We’ve been here for thousands of
years. We’re staying here. We’re going to live side-by-side in peace with the
Arabs here. But not by forcing our hand and not by a SC decision that’s giving
back wind to the worst terrorists in the world because they say, here, the only
free democracy at fighting terror is being thrown under the bus.

Q’: Minister Bennett, you’re
proving my point because you’re even disputing the idea that it’s occupied
territory or settlements, which the entire international community, with the
exception of the Netanyahu government, thinks it is.137*

A’: But —
absolutely I’m disputing that. How long have you — have Americans been living
in America? Q’: How long have Americans been living in America? A’: A few
hundred? That’s correct. A few hundred years. How long have Jews been living in
the holy land? Four thousand years. So how dare anyone call the land of Israel
occupied territory. How dare anyone. This has been our home forever, and will
be our home forever. Yes, there’s Arabs here. Some of them are in our
parliament. And we have freedom that no other Middle East country has. And
we’re proud of it. We will prevail, even when we’re trying to be forced down a
bad path. Q’: Well, I think a lot of people who live on the West Bank would
dispute the notion that they have freedom, but, Minister Bennett, we thank you
for your time. Happy Hanukkah. We appreciate it. YES RLS very important (DWM) TOLOG

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Kerry argued
today that both he and Obama have not only been critical of Israel, but
Palestine as well and the role that it must play in ending violence. Here’s
what he had to say about Hamas, Kerry: “Most troubling of all, Hamas continues to pursue an extremist
agenda. They refuse to accept Israel’s very right to exist. They have a
one-state vision of their own, all of the land as Palestine. Hamas and other
radical factions are responsible for the most explicit forms of incitement to
violence. And many of the images that they use are truly appalling. And they
are willing to kill innocents in Israel and put the people of Gaza at risk in
order to advance that agenda

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Let’s talk more
about this with political analyst Diana
. She’s a human rights
She is a former legal advisor to Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud Abbas.

Q’: What is your response to Kerry just then in the speech
he said that Hamas is part of the problem as well, they are demanding a
one-state solution, and they are perpetrating violence against innocent

A’: Well, you know, violence wouldn’t exist if it weren’t
for the fact there are Palestinians who are being denied their
freedom 138*
. If it weren’t for the fact that Palestinians have been living
under a brutal military regime that even your previous guest, Naftali Bennett,
denied even exists. This is the root of violence. And I believe that if we want
to address violence, we have to address the root causes, and that is ending the
occupation and giving Palestinians their freedom. That’s the only way forward.

Q’: The
argument that people like Naftali Bennett make is, look at what happened when
we gave land to the Palestinians, we withdrew from Gaza, and they created a
terrorist state with Hamas attacking Israel, even after they had their own
country. What’s your response to that?

A’: Well,
actually, they didn’t end their occupation. Israel still controls all of the borders
and still controls the airspace. It still controls the very food that gets into
the Gaza Strip. They control every single aspect of Palestinian life around the
perimeter of the Gaza Strip. More than that, they have even gone so far as to
continue to bomb Gaza throughout this period when they claim that it’s a state.
so it hasn’t been something that’s been turned into a state and then attacked
Israel. Quite the opposite. It’s that all that Israel did was turn it into an
open air prison and then drop bombs on Gaza.

Q’: Obviously,
the Israelis would note that there were rockets fired upon Israel by Gaza, but
I don’t want to re-litigate the Gaza-Israel war from a few years ago. I want
your response to Kerry’s speech. What was your response?

A’: Look, I think it’s about time that this
administration recognize that the settlements are an issue and it’s about time
they recognize that they have been an enabler of Israel’s continued military
What I’m disheartened by is the fact they didn’t end up coming up
with something different. Rather than simply allowing Israel to continue its military
rule, I would have expected that after eight years of seeing this, after having
to go so far as to abstain on a UN resolution, that the Obama administration
would actually do something rather than give Israel $38 B. So, while the
formula was nice, I don’t think that at the 11th hour this administration is
capable of doing anything. And certainly, the next administration has made it
clear they’re not going to do anything. This is why it’s so important the
global citizenry come together and focus on boycotting Israel, divesting from
Israel and putting sanctions on Israel. It’s the only way forward to hold
Israel accountable.

Q’: Why should
Israel be held accountable for its treatments of the Palestinians as opposed to
the way that so many other Arab countries treat their citizens? I could point
to any number of countries and I’m sure you would likely agree where they do
not have rights. Why focus on Israel and not, for instance, the way that the
Saudis treat their citizens, the Qataris, the UAE etc’?

A’: Those are also (? not sure) problems. The
difference is that the Israelis get $38 B a year from the US, first of all.
Secondly, the way that, the reason that Israel continues to do this is because
the world has turned a blind eye to it. I don’t see that the world has turned a
blind eye to these other human rights abuses.
In fact you’ve named a few to
begin with. The fact of the matter is that the US role has been central, and
the US. role enabled Israel to continue to deny Palestinians their freedom. And
that’s why it’s imperative that the US begin to take steps to acually curtail
and scale back Israel’s actions. Sadly, this speech does not do it. While we
all welcome the idea of the US involvement in actually putting forward a final
resolution to this, it is not going to come at the 11th hour, sadly.

Q’: One last
question for you, Diana. How are Palestinians, especially the Palestinian
leadership, I know you’re not a member of it but have friends and contacts in
the Palestinian leadership, how are they preparing for the Trump
administration? A’: It’s not clear. One thing that is clear is that the US has
made it, that this next administration
made it clear they’re going to be very right wing, very pro-settlement, and
that they are going to be pushing for an extreme agenda in the same way this
current Netanyahu administration has been pushing for.
I don’t know if that
means that they know are going to be pushing for a human rights struggle, I
hope that they do – & instead of pushing for a 2 state solution, that
instead that they start focusing on a one-state solution. It’s not clear. One
thing that is clear, however, is that Palestinians are not going to sit by idly and just watch more of their
land being taken. There are other options, such as taking Israel to court, and
such as engaging in a civil rights struggle, and I hope that it happens soon
. YES RLS very
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Kerry’s speech.
Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper interviews former CIA Director James Woolsey

…Later this
hour, we expect to hear live from Netanyahu, who will react to comments such as
this one from Secretary Kerry. Kerry: “President Obama and I know that the
incoming administration has signaled that they may take a different path, and
even suggested breaking from the long-standing U.S. policies on settlements,
Jerusalem, and the possibility of a two- state solution. That is for them to
decide. That’s how we work. But we cannot, in good conscience, do nothing and
say nothing when we see the hope of peace slipping away.” 
Jake Tapper interviews former CIA Director James Woolsey, also a senior
adviser to the Trump campaign. Q’: What’s
your general reaction to the speech we heard? A’: I think the main point is
that there’s an elephant in the living room that, particularly, I think the
Palestinians and those who support their position won’t notice, refuse to
notice, which is that they have to stop killing Israelis and Jews, or there’s
not going to be a one-state or two-state solution or anything. You can’t do a
deal as long as the Israelis, who want to live on the West Bank, have to build
shelters around themselves in order to exist. With the Palestinian Arabs, the
Israeli Arabs, who are citizens of Israel, about one sixth of Israel is
Palestinian. When they are in a, running a country, or partially running a
country, they get representatives in the Knesset, they have a Supreme Court
justice, cabinet members, they have publications, and they are not afraid
somebody’s going to come kill them in the middle of the night. But Jews trying
to live peacefully in somewhere in the West Bank do have to be afraid. They’ve
got have is a settlement. We just had 92 young Russians killed in the Black Sea
air, a terrible tragedy. But nobody came along and said, you know, every few
months, we’re going to kill 92 people, or just kind of don’t bother us, because
it would offend us if you bothered us. You know, they have to begin the process
of working together with the Israelis. And I think the Israelis would do a
two-state deal if it were run by somebody other than the way things have worked
out. If, look at the Clinton parameters at the end of the Clinton
administration, it was tough on Israel, but one that, a deal that could have
been accepted, and Barak got it accepted by the Knesset. … & that was fine,
and the Palestinians gave it the back of their hand. 

Q’: Kerry said something that I have been hearing a long, long time, which is
it’s in Israel’s future (?) unless there’s a 2 state solution that Israel will
have to choose between a Jewish state, in which case, it does not let
Palestinians have voting rights, etc’, those under current occupation, or as
Bennett put it, they are in their autonomous regions. A Jewish state or democracy, but it will have to choose,
unless there is a 2 state solution. And you heard from Bennett, the education
minister, somebody who is a rising star on the right in Israel, you know, that
Netanyahu is always looking over his shoulder to see where Bennett is, and he,
there’s no 2 state solution coming from that guy? 
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A’: Well, there’s, that’s the conventional wisdom, I understand that. But I
think that it matters a huge amount whether or not the parties are living for a
while at peace, the way the Israelis and the Israeli Arabs do, or whether they’re
living only with guns lowered and in shelters, the way one has to on the West
Bank if one wants to live on the West Bank. & I think that there are a lot
of people in Israel who would go along with something, if the Palestinians
stopped killing them. 

But you look at what’s happened out of Gaza. You look at what’s happened with
the attack with knives. It just goes on and on and on. And I must say, I don’t
think Israel is the provocateur in this. The only way that they’re (not sure?) the provocateur is that
they exist, and Palestinians don’t want a Jewish state or partially a Jewish
state or any Jews at all in that part of the world, and that’s the problem. 

Q’: What seemed to prompt Secretary Kerry’s speech today are two things. One,
the UN resolution and the Israelis pushing back really strongly against the
Obama administration for not vetoing it, and, two, the notion that, in the view
of Kerry and the Obama administration, the Netanyahu government says publicly
that they want a 2 state solution, but when you look at their policies, and the
settlements that have grown in the West Bank, including outside areas that
would be possibly part of Israel in a land swap in any sort of peace process,
they are undermining any ability to create a 2  state solution by just demolishing the idea of
any sort of contiguous state there. Is that not, is that not legitimate? 

A’: Well, the Israelis have, like I say, about five-sixth citizens of Israel.
The other one-sixth are Arabs. Nobody really worries about continuity and
continuous state. They live in all sorts of different places. And it’s, it’s
two people that, at least in ME terms, — are getting along reasonably well
with one another, and would it be that different if it was one-third
Palestinian and two-thirds Israeli? Which might be a single state? I don’t
know. I don’t know that it would be all that different if people just stopped
murdering their opponents. — that has to happen, or nothing works. 

Q’: You heard Bennett, he said they wouldn’t be giving them voting rights. They
would let them live in these autonomous regions? 

A’: I would like to see someone look into the possibility of a single state
solution with full rights and see how it would work. I don’t know. It might be
hard, but I don’t think it’s as impossible as trying to make something work
while the Palestinians keep killing Jews. 

Tapper: All right. I don’t think we’ll solve this problem right now. Donald Trump taking a swipe at
President Obama. Responding, really. We’ll take a look at what he’s saying
about the transition and the cooperation, and what his team is now saying to
clarify the tweets. That’s next. YES RLS very important (DWM?)

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responding to Kerry comments. Live, Jerusalem.

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Kerry’s speech. Netanyahu fires back after Kerry’s speech. And you
just heard Israeli Netanyahu giving an emotional and personal response to a
speech by Kerry. With the clock ticking down on the Obama White House, Kerry
delivered an impassioned “swan song” speech earlier today, speaking
for an hour and ten minutes on his vision for Israel and peace in the ME &
what he believes is standing in the way. Kerry: “The Israeli PM publically supports
a 2 state solution, but his current coalition is the most right-wing in Israeli
history with an agenda driven by the most extreme elements. 140* The result is that policies of
this government, which the PM himself just described as more committed to
settlements than any in Israel’s history, are leading in the opposite
direction, they’re leading towards one state.
Brown: The speech happening less than a month before Trump takes office
and with the backdrop of a bitter war of words and major cracks in the once
strong bond between the U.S. and Israel. Netanyahu calling it a, “shameful
ambush” after the US abstained on a resolution condemning Israeli
settlements in the West Bank and E. Jerusalem instead of using its veto power,
as the Obama administration has done every other time with measures critical of
Israel. But Kerry defended the US’ decision and rejected the Israeli’s claim of
some kind of secret collusion to craft the vote. Kerry: “We also strongly reject the
notion that somehow the US was the driving force behind this resolution. The Egyptians
and Palestinians had long made clear to all of us, to all of the int.
community, their intention to bring a resolution to a vote before the end of
the year. And we communicated that to the Israelis and they knew it anyway. The
US did not draft or originate this resolution, nor did we put it forward.”
Pamela Brown with Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem. Q’ Talk to us about
Netanyahu’s reaction here. A’: Well, it was a measured reaction, but
one that I think we could have very much expected. We heard his response
to the UNSC resolution. His response to this wasn’t all that different. I do want to point out, he spoke much
longer in English than in Hebrew, and that gives you an idea of who his
audience was here. He wasn’t speaking to Israelis. He was speaking to Americans
and the general public in the US. But he pointed out what he feels is the bias
of Kerry’s speech, …Netanyahu made it obvious he felt it didn’t focus enough on
Palestinian incitement and violence and instead focused almost entirely on settlements. Netanyahu believes, and he’s said this
repeatedly, that settlements are not the obstacle to peace. Without question
now, with that UNSC resolution, that is certainly not the international
consensus and that’s definitely not the opinion of Kerry, who pointed out that
some of the expansion threatens the ability of putting together one Palestinian
state. So I think we expected to hear that kind of response from Netanyahu. He also talked about what he worries about
next. …he said he’s afraid that another move at the UNSC or another move by the
int. community, he worries that’s still on the table and he urged the Obama
administration to say flat out that it’s not coming. That’s a concern they’ve
voiced repeatedly over the last few days now that they’re about three weeks
left in Obama’s time in office. He also mentioned Trump and how …he’s looking
forward to working with the next administration. These words were a bit more
civil than some of the other words we’ve heard exchanged over the last few
days. But one other point, the
accusation that we’ve heard from many Israelis, including Netanyahu himself,
Israeli officials here and there has been over the past week that it was Kerry
and the Obama administration that drafted the UNSC resolution. They’ve said they
have concrete evidence, evidence that’s incontrovertible. Once again making
that accusation. Once again not offering the information, saying we’ll provide
it to President Trump when he’s in office. Brown:
And, of course, the U.S. denies that it orchestrated anything with this
resolution. YES RLS important

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Israeli PM fires back after Kerry’s speech. Pamela Brown
interviews George Mitchell, former special envoy to the ME. You have personally negotiated for peace in
the Middle East. Q’ I want to get your reaction to both Kerry’s speech and then
the reaction after that, by Israeli’s PM.

A’: Well, Kerry’s speech obviously emotional & deeply
committed. He spent a great deal of time and effort there, has a strong
personal commitment. I commend him for that. His speech was essentially a defense of the 2 state
solution, which he sees as slipping away, support declining for it and which he
believes is the only viable solution to the conflict. I share that view and I
agree that it’s important that the 2 state solution be preserved. 141* Unfortunately,
it came in the wake of the UNSC resolution, which has created a high level of
emotion in the region on all sides and has created this, what you might call,
latest distance between the Obama administration and Netanyahu’s
administration. The PM’s speech was …entirely
predictable. I think pretty much what anyone would have expected him to say
142*. My hope now is that the PM
will refocus away from making this the issue in dealing with the int. community,
because Israel is being
increasingly isolated because of this issue and the manner in which it’s being
handled. 143* It’s already
isolated in the Muslim world, which is about one-fifth of the world’s
population, soon to be a third, and now, with his taking on Britain, France,
Spain, New Zealand and other natural allies, I hope it’s behind them and that
they’ll move to reengage and broaden their base of support in the European and
other communities that are natural supporters. Q’: And you also heard Netanyahu really
taking direct aim at Secretary of State Kerry, saying that he spent most of his
speech blaming Israel for lack of peace in the ME. What’s your take? Do you
agree? A’: No, I don’t. I think
he tried to be even handed across the board. He was speaking specifically about
the issue of settlements because you see the U.S. policy has been, in my
judgment rightly, that all major issues will be left to direct negotiations
between the parties. & that ultimately they’ll come together and with our
help reach an agreement. The
problem is that as settlements increase, the land on which there could be a
Palestinian state will no longer be available for that purpose and so if you
wait long enough and have enough settlements, then no agreement will ever be
possible. And I think Kerry was trying to point out that we have to get to that
issue before there is no possibility of creating a Palestinian state. Now, I
should say, and it must be understood, that there’s opposition to any 2 state
solution by many people in Israel, 144*
including many prominent members of Netanyahu’s cabinet. They are
absolutely determined, and they say publicly there will never be a Palestinian
state on the West Bank. And also Palestinian society is divided between the PA, which accepts Israel’s
existence, which opposes violence against Israel, 145* and which provides a great service to Israel in suppressing
terror activities within the West Bank, but there is internal disagreement with
Hamas, which controls Gaza, which does not agree with the PA on those positions
with respect to Israel. So both societies are divided. Both societies have
internal political issues, as well as the dynamics between the two societies
themselves. Brown: And a lot of this touched on in the book that you wrote,
“A Path to Peace.”  YES RLS very important (DWM?)

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Israeli PM fires back after Kerry’s speech, Pamela Brown with
Aaron David Miller & Daniel Kurtzer, former ambassador to Israel and Egypt
& prof. of ME policy studies Princeton U. Q’: Miller, Netanyahu says it is
a shame that Kerry does not understand his own personal perspective on the
impact of war. What is your reaction to that statement? Miller: I think where you stand in life has
a good deal to do with where you sit. And the reality is, Washington and
Jerusalem are sitting in very different places. The PM’s reaction I think was driven in large part by anger
and resentment 146*. He tried
to mobilize Trump and the president of Egypt. He did not succeed. And now I
think he’s caught in a very difficult bind between an int. community that will
be increasingly focused on trying to isolate and pressure the Israelis, based
on this resolution, &
a right wing 147* that is
going to continue to drive the discussion and debate and encourage more
activities on the ground. Plus, you have a French confab (?) coming up a couple
weeks from now, and I think there’s great concern, again, by the Israeli
government, that some of these statements may actually try to make themselves
into another UNSC resolution. So the Israeli reaction was
predictable 148*. It’s easy
to beat up on an outgoing administration, particularly when, in fact, you have
an incoming administration that is likely to be much more supportive of your
Q’: So on that note, ambassador, what do you think the end goal here was for
Secretary of State Kerry to come out and make this speech with less than a
month left in the Obama administration? Kurtzer:
I think that Kerry was
reflecting eight years of significant frustration on the part of the Obama
administration 149*, which
had made ME peace a significant priority right from the outset. And here we
are, eight years later, and
we are further away from a 2 state solution than ever before. Kerry having devoted countless
hours, two years of deep effort to try to bring about negotiations. & I
think what he wanted to do was to leave behind, as comprehensive a picture as
possible, of what it is that the US sees as the main issues on the table, the
major impediments and the pathway forward. 150* Unfortunately,
it came in a week in which, you know, Netanyahu stripped away the veneer of any
civility and discourse with the Obama administration and so, you know, the
reaction that took him less than two hours before he analyzed the speech and
thought about it in order to reject it suggests to you that he’s paying no
attention whatsoever to whatever the Obama administration or Secretary Kerry
has to say. Substantively, Kerry
has made what I think is the most important speech of an American policy maker
in decades 151*, but
politically it clearly is now dead in the water. Q’: Miller, why wasn’t this speech given
sooner? Miller: Ah-Aa! & that’s a very interesting question. Kurtzer knows,
together we’ve probably written a fair number of speeches by secretaries of
state over the years, & I think the five minutes to midnight timing on
this, I think works to the disadvantage of the administration. Part of the
problem, is that the administration has largely confined its policies on the
Israeli Palestinian issue, and specifically on settlements, to rhetoric. &
if the Obama administration wanted to craft a serious policy on settlements,
and introduce initiatives, why wait until the last moment? & I think the
problem here is that the incoming administration is going to walk away from
this very quickly, and probably acquiesce and give the Israelis a much broader
margin and discretion on the ground to do things, & that’s simply going to
confound and confuse further American allies and adversaries. Q’: Ambassador, what is the justification
for Israel to continue to build settlements deep into the West Bank when most
of the world condemns that, as Kerry mentioned today in his speech? Kurtzer:
You know, it’s a great question. I came back this morning from nine days in
Israel and had a chance to visit some of those settlements deep in the West
Bank, including the outpost of Amona, which is the subject of tremendous
discord within the Israeli political system. There really is no justification
other than the fact that an ideological religious group of settlers has in some
ways captured the coalition that’s governing Israel. They have a significant
voice within the Likud Party. They basically control the ideology of the Habait
Hayehudy, the Jewish national home party, and the government is now running on the fumes of this fuel
provided by ideological settlers.
Most Israelis believe that there is a justification for what would be called
the settlement blocks that are close to the 1967 line. They support the idea of
retaining the neighborhoods in Jerusalem. But most Israelis would say they
don’t understand why there’s such significant investment in settlements that
are only going to impede the prospect of any peaceful settlement. So there’s a real issue here that sees
the intersection between diplomacy, in which you would like to see a 2 state
solution, and the politics of an Israeli coalition that is heading in an
exactly opposite direction. YES RLS very important TOLOG

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John Kerry has laid out his vision for peace and a global impact
that has vexed the United States for generations, bringing peace between Arabs
and Israelis in the ME. And Israel’s leader has just weighed in. This war of
words comes less than a week after the U.S. allowed the controversial UN
resolution to pass without vetoing it. It condemned Israel’s settlements on what Palestinians
believe is part of their future state. 152* Kerry explained why the US chose to abstain from the UN vote,
which he insists the US did not orchestrate; Kerry: “And we cannot properly defend
and protect Israel if we allow a viable 2 state solution to be destroyed before
our own eyes. And that’s the bottom line. The vote in the UN was about
preserving the 2 state solution. 153*
That’s what we were standing up for, Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic
state, living side by side in peace and security with its neighbors. That’s
what we are trying to preserve, for our sake, & for theirs. Pamela Brown
with Suzanne Malveaux live, Washington. Q’ What
Netanyahu was saying after Kerry’s speech there? A’: We heard a very direct and
strong rebuke from Netanyahu, who said Israel doesn’t need to be lectured by
foreign leaders. He hopes the Obama administration doesn’t do more damage in
the waning days, he said. And he has said he has uncontested evidence the U.S.
was behind the anti-Israeli resolution so that it should stop playing games. Listen this is just a portion of what we
just heard. Netanyahu: “This conflict is and has always been about
Israel’s very right to exist. That’s why my hundreds of calls to sit with
President Abbas for peace talks have gone unanswered. That’s why my invitation
to come to the Knesset was never answered. That’s why the Palestinian
government continues to pay anyone who murders Israelis a monthly salary. The persistent Palestinian refusal to
recognize a Jewish state remains the core of the conflict, and its removal(?) is
the key to peace. Palestinian rejection of Israel, & support for terror are
what are the nations of the world should focus on if they truly want to advance
peace. And I can only express my regret and say that it’s a shame that
Secretary Kerry does not see this simple truth.”

Malveaux: “Trump tweeted this morning just hours before Kerry’s
speech saying, “We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such
total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but
not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this
UN. Stay strong, Israel. January 20th is fast approaching.” Netanyahu tweeted him back saying:
“President-elect Trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your
clear-cut support for Israel.” Also,
this morning, on the conference call with Sean Spicer, Trump’s incoming press
secretary, who said that the relationship between the US and Israel under Trump
would in fact be stronger. And we’ve already seen signs that Trump certainly
wants to go in that direction. He selected David Friedman, as the new U.S.
ambassador to Israel, who supports Israeli settlements, moving the embassy to
Jerusalem, making Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish state, and defunding the UN
for its resolution that’s critical of Israel.
We also heard from House Republican leaders who announced that the new Congress,
is going to introduce a measure denouncing the UN for that very resolution… YES
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Israeli PM fires back after Kerry’s speech. Pamela Brown with Ryan Williams, Republican strategist, former
spokesman for Mitt Romney

A. Scott Bolden, former
chairman of the Democratic Party in Washington, D.C

Q’ Your reaction to the two speeches and what it means for the
Trump administration.

Williams: I think Kerry’s speech was a disgrace. clearly this is a change
in policy from the administrations to let this resolution be approved. It’s an
anti- Israel resolution approved by a vehemently anti-Israel body which is the
UN. I think it was a disgraceful attempt to shore up his legacy. And it’s
really questionable given how many things have happened in the world while
Kerry has been secretary of state. North Korea is marching towards a nuclear
weapon, we have a crisis in Syria. & he chose to use the – at the end of
his tenure to beat up on Israel. It’s a disgrace. And I think Netanyahu’s
speech in response was with merit. And I think relations will improve with
Israel, our strong ally, under Trump when he takes office. Q’:  Scott, your reaction to Ryan saying his speech
was a disgrace and departure from the policy.

Bolden: It’s hardly a disgrace quite frankly. Let’s be clear. there are $38 billion of reasons
that have gone to Israel, more than any other administration, by the Obama
administration. 154* That
says they support the security of Israel. But we don’t have to be blind friends
quite frankly. And the 2 state solution has not only been supported by the US
for several years. Israel knows that. And the extension, quite frankly, may
have been a parting shot politically, but it means nothing quite frankly. It’s
non-binding. And within 18 to 20 days of the Trump administration, look for
them, as conservatives, to match up with Netanyahu’s Conservative Party to
change that. So, I think it’s overblown to say it’s a disgrace because the U.S.
has been strong security partners with Israel under the last eight years of the
Obama administration. That’s a fact. That’s undeniable.

Q’: Ryan, you heard Netanyahu say in his speech there is concrete
evidence showing the U.S. orchestrated this resolution… Kerry completely denied
that. But why wouldn’t Israel
just release the information rather than waiting and giving it to the Trump
administration? Do you think he should release it?

Williams: Well, I think that Netanyahu has realized he can’t act
in good faith with the Obama administration given what they’ve done over the
last eight years, approving this disastrous Iran deal, letting the resolution
go through, which is being celebrated by terrorist organizations, by
anti-Israel activists and European capitals across Europe. This is what Obama
has done. He has emboldened the anti-Israel effort and he has slowed and hurt
the peace process. That’s not according to me. That’s according to Senate
Democrat minority leader, Chuck Schumer, and other Senate Democrats who have really
gone after the administration for their disgraceful conduct here. So, this
isn’t a partisan issue. It’s bipartisan. Bipartisan and condemnation of what
Obama and Kerry have done in their final days in office. Bolden: Well, the
question was simply why not release that information now if it’s so concrete.
Netanyahu is doing nothing but politicizing this issue, because there’s no
disadvantage. You can provide it to the Obama administration. You can provide
it to the public and let the public decide. One of the things missing in this
whole debate is that the PLA (probably means PLO…) as well as the Israeli
political parties, there is dysfunction within both of those in regard to the
peace process. And while Netanyahu says he doesn’t want to be lectured by a
foreign leader… (crosstalk)

Williams: You can’t equate the two… 

Bolden: There is disarray in both parties. Do not want to be
lectured by foreign leaders. He’s right about one thing, settlement and peace
is going to come from those two parties, the Palestinians and the Israelis. But you have to –(?) some lecturing
from countries that you take $38 billion from. You can’t have it both
ways. It’s untenable.

Williams: The Israelis are our strongest allies in the region.

Bolden: I agree. 

Williams: The Obama administration has treated them terribly. The
Israelis want peace. The Palestinians won’t even recognize the existence of
Israel. They fire rockets at them, send suicide bombers over. These are not two
equal parties. (crosstalk)

 Bolden: And there are some
Israelis who don’t recognize… (crosstalk)
…the Palestinian state either.

Williams: And this administration has emboldened the anti-Israel
forces in the Palestinian territories across the world, and that’s wrong. And
that’s why Netanyahu is looking forward to working with Trump. YES RLS
important TOLOG

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Kerry: 2 state solution in “serious jeopardy”. “The
two-state solution is in serious jeopardy and unless something is done now, the status quo could turn into
perpetual occupation” 155*.
Words from Kerry, as he made a strong plea today for both Israel and the
Palestinians to make lasting peace. He condemned in particular in a very long
speech 70 minutes Israel’s settlement expansion warning that the settler agenda
is defining the country’s future. Kerry also condemned Palestinian violence
saying there’s no justification for terror. He laid out a framework for final
status agreement which includes secure borders for an Israeli and Palestinian
state, international assistance and compensation
for Palestinian refugees and recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of two
states with freedom of access to holy sites. Kerry says both sides have
obligations. Kerry: “The truth is that trends on the ground, violence,
terrorism, incitement, settlement expansion and the seemingly endless
occupation 156*, they are
combining to destroy hopes for peace on both sides and increasingly cementing
an irreversible one-state reality that most
people do not actually want. Today there are a number — there are a similar
number of Jews and Palestinians living between the Jordan River and the
Mediterranean Sea. They have a choice.
They can choose to live together in one state, or they can separate into two
states. But here is a fundamental reality, if the choice is one state, Israel
can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both and it won’t ever really be
at peace.”

Gorani: It didn’t take long for the Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu to respond. He says Kerry’s speech was skewed against
Israel, adding that his country
doesn’t need to be lesymctured by foreign leaders. Netanyahu is also rejecting
Kerry’s defense of a UNSC resolution that demands a halt to Israeli settlement
activities. Netanyahu: “Israel looks forward to working with Trump and
with the American Congress, Democrats
and Republicans alike. To mitigate the damage that this resolution has done and
ultimately to repeal it. Israel hopes that the outgoing Obama administration will prevent any more damage
being done to Israel at the UN in its waning days.” Well, the US vision
for peace, the current one it should be said that Kerry outlined almost
certainly has an expiration date with Trump’s inauguration just a few short
weeks away. The next American president is leaving no doubt where he stands on
the issue. Trump Tweet: “We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with
such total disdain and disrespect… Stay strong, Israel, January 20th is fast

Hala Gorani with Oren Liebermann live, Jerusalem.

 Q’: I understand you were
reporting earlier that Israeli television did not carry the Kerry speech.

A’: They may have carried the first couple of minutes, but they
certainly didn’t take the entire 70-minute speech which means the Israelis, at
least not live, didn’t see what was the critical part of it, which is the
parameters… We were expecting something more specific there, I’ll say that. One
of the things we’ve been comparing or looking at over the last couple days is the Clinton parameters, what did
President Bill Clinton lay out at the end of his term in 2000 for his vision on
how to solve those issues. He actually had specific numbers and described where
to draw the line in Jerusalem and how to handle refugees. Kerry’s was much more
vague about how to do that and either way though it should be said that I don’t
think he could have been very specific, he could have been very vague. That
wasn’t going to spare him from Prime Minister Netanyahu’s anger over this
speech. I don’t think that Netanyahu sees a difference between the SC resolution and this speech. I think
it’s all one element for Netanyahu. Q’: And what is the Israeli public opinion,
…what has been its response to the US abstaining from this UNSC Resolution
condemning the expansion of Israeli settlement activity? …what have ordinary Israelis
said about it? A’: Widely unpopular
here. Even for those who oppose settlement expansion, the move at the UN, which
is to say the decision to abstain and let the resolution go through and the
part of the U.S. was incredibly unpopular here from the left, the center and
the right. Even the left, those who oppose settlements generally, feel like
that was a betrayal on the part of the US and simply not the right way to do
it. But we’ve heard from Kerry a
couple of times now and from the Obama administration whose advisors have come
on Israeli TV to defend that decision,
they felt they have no other choice. Kerry pointed out that Netanyahu’s own
government has prided itself on being the most pro settlement government in
Israeli history. And one of the
important politicians here,  the head of
the right wing Jewish home party, should be noted the day after Trump’s
election, said the era of a Palestinian state is over. That is part of what
concerned Kerry here. YES RLS important TOLOG

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Kerry: 2 state solution is only path to peace.

Gorani interviews Danny Ayalon live (phone). Q’: your
reaction to the speech by Kerry.  He’s
essentially saying, look, expansion of settlements and territory that would obviously be part of a future Palestinian
state hurts everyone, not just Palestinians but Israelis as well. Your
reaction? A’: Well, my reaction is that the speech what the secretary failed to mention was the fact that Israel has
numerous times offered the Palestinians everything that they wanted, but they
refused. The settlements is not the
issue, but the refusal of the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish
state, to recognize Israel at all is long they teach in their curriculum, their children that
there’s no place for Israel in the Middle East, & that they claim not only
to Judea & Samaria but also the Negev, the Galilee, Tel Aviv or Haifa. this
is the main problem. And also what he failed to mention is that the
Palestinians themselves have a very, very intransigent position. If you look at
the position of Israel and the
Palestinian since Oslo started in ’93. Israel has made a lot of movement
towards the Palestinians and they did not budge an inch. They need also to
compromise on the issue of refugees. By the
way the secretary mentioned the plight of the Palestinian refugees, but again,
no mention of the Jewish refugees from Arab countries 800,000 that were expelled, (interrupts)

Q’: Can I just ask you about the specific points on settlements
here? Because settlements are being built on Palestinian land, sometimes quite brazenly on private Palestinian land. I
mean, even — against Israeli law itself. Why continue to do that? That’s also
one of the points made by Kerry,
and many in your own country who disagree with this type of settlement
expansion. How do you defend that?

 A’: Well, absolutely. We
are a democratic country, pluralistic. We have a lot of views here, but the
issue of the settlement is reversible. And
it will be self-resolved once we have a lasting peace with the Palestinians, a
peace which is not just a piece of paper but a real historic reconciliations, and their
agreements and internalizing the fact that we need to have a peaceful co-existence…
(cuts in)

Q’: As two states? As two states or one? Because as two states it’s hard to see how
that’s doable, feasible with the current expansion
of settlements deep into Palestinian territory 157*.

A’: Well, settlements are quite reversible. If you look at the
fact in 2005, Israel evacuated 21 settlements from the entire Gaza strip giving
Gaza to the Palestinians, four more from Judea & Samaria. This has never
been the issue. Now, there are a few hundred thousand Israelis who live there,
and you cannot just stop their living and livelihood until the Palestinians oblige
to sit with us and negotiate directly without conditions.
This is the main problem. YES
RLS very important (DWM?) TOLOG

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Kerry condemns Israeli settlements, Palestinian violence. Hala
Gorani interviews Hanan Ashrawi live, Ramallah. Gorani:
Let’s get the Palestinian perspective. Q’: …your reaction to the speech by
John Kerry. He’s got three more weeks left as secretary of state.

A’: I think it’s a parting statement in a way, it’s a farewell
statement, swan song if you wish. But it generally is an impassioned &
genuine statement from the heart. in some ways it tries to contextualize the policies of
the US and the vote at the UNSC, vis-a-vis settlements. And also it expresses exasperation with
constant Israeli policies, that for the past 8 years the US administration has
been asking Netanyahu to stop settlement
activities, to abide by international law and the requirements of peace, and he
has absolutely refused to do that. 158*
So in the end, he is showing why they had to put American interests first and
they had to vote in accordance with American policies, but at the same time, he’s trying to make a plea again, an
impassioned plea, for the 2 state solution based on his own commitments to
Israel, based on his love of Israel.
Based on his real affinity for Zionist ideology, which is what the majority of
his speech was about that. He
is trying to save Israel from itself 159*, if you will, because he thinks that the outcome, the de facto
outcome of a one state solution can be disastrous for Israel and the region.

Q’: …how do you think things will change with Trump as president?
He’s Tweeted his opposition to the US’s move at the UNSC, to abstain from this
vote on this particular resolution condemning settlement expansion. So this is
going to be a polar opposite
approach, right? So how are Palestinians preparing for a Trump presidency? A’: Right. …I don’t know whether we
should be responding to Tweets because I’ve never heard of policy being done at
the highest level – (interrupts) Gorani: It’s the new
normal, Mrs. Ashrawi. We have got many policy announcements over his Twitter.
So I think you need to get used to it. Ashrawi: (laughs) On Twitter. 159B*

Q’: But if you look at what’s been said…

A’: Yes, but I think much more responsible channels for serious
discussion, but the Tweets from Trump certainly are not encouraging at all. In many ways, he has
said any kind of diplomatic niceties and he’s expressed a blatant and blind
support for Israel. And he’s promising Israel that he would reverse all these
policies, he’s attacking the outgoing administration, he’s siding blindly with the most extreme right wing expansionist
militaristic and racist government in Israel 160*. And this kind of convergence between a populist move, in the US
where we see the rise of racisms, xenophobia, Islamophobia and so on combined
with Israeli intransigence, Israeli ideological
absolutism & extremism 161*,
does not bode well for peace at all. Not just within Palestinian but for the
region as a whole.

Q’: Now you heard Danny Ayalon possibly say this is missing the
point, the problem is not settlements. The problem is that Palestinians have
been offered time and time again
great deals that they rejected. That settlements are reversible, especially those
outputs, outposts that are deep in
Palestinian territory. So what part of this do you believe is Palestinian
responsibility? If responding to Danny Ayalon here?

ASHRAWI: Look, Danny Ayalon statements certainly need a large
grain of salt to be swallowed. First of all, I would like him to prove what the generous offers were and time again we’ve
refused them. The thing is it’s not the outrageousness of the lies. The fact
that sometimes they believe their own (?) fabrications which is extremely
dangerous. Had there been a real offer on the table the 2 state solution based on international law, it
would have been signed a long time ago. 162* That’s one issue. The second is — I’m sorry, what was the
second part?

Q’: No, the fact that you were saying settlements are reversible,
that that’s not the issue that we’re focusing on the wrong thing…

A’: Yes, don’t I wish (sarcastic & laughing). Don’t we all
wish that settlements are reversible? Look, they made a big to-do about one
settlement outpost. They were
supposed to remove all the outposts. Even illegal by their own illegal laws,
and yet Amona has been made into a major public issue, judicial issue, legal issue, political issue and it
has stayed. And they’re legislating in order to give them retroactive legitimacy,
which is extremely dangerous, which is why Kerry again talked about the fact
that they are trying to make them legitimate to legalize these illegal
settlements. So, I mean, there is a wide gap between public pronouncements and
misleading statements and between realities on the ground. All you need to do
is come and visit and look at the West Bank and see where the settlements are
placed. See what they control in terms of infrastructure, land and resources. And see how
systemically they are expanding, at a very alarming rate and you’ll know why they’re destroying the
two-state solution, and why they’re superimposing greater Israel on historical Palestine in an
irreversible way. A way that is specifically meant to be irreversible and to
destroy as Kerry said the contiguity and viability of the Palestinian state
163*. YES RLS very important (DWM?) TOLOG


CNN 281216 2200-0000 ttl4 ch6 tl 001815 Hala
Gorani with Elise Labott live

Obama administration’s final push for ME peace.  In his speech Kerry said no country has been a better friend to
Israel than the US, and no US administration
has done more for Israel’s security than Obama’s. After all there was a
security aid package that was authorized by the Obama administration for $38 B that is a record. Hala
Gorani with Elise Labott live, Washington.

Q’ …and many people have asked me this, why make this speech, this
forceful, you know, energetic 70 min. speech three weeks from the end of the
Obama administration from stepping down? What’s the point?

Labott: Well, it’s a great question, & a lot of people today
at the State Department are saying,
look, you know, it was a very powerful speech, but delivered about two years
too late. Maybe Kerry should have introduced this after those peace talks broke
down in 2014 and tried to chart a course forward. I think he tried after those
talks broke down over the last several years, to try and get something back
together. Then the election, the campaign came up, the administration didn’t
want to do anything to harm Hillary Clinton who was seen as very supportive of
Israel. & then when Trump was elected, I think the administration was very
wary of doing anything provocative to perhaps put him on the opposite direction on this more hard line stance
against what Trump said he wants to do, which is negotiate ME peace. But I
think that this settlement issue has been something that the US, this
administration felt very strongly about. You heard Hanan Ashwari talk about what the settlements are doing
to the future viability of a Palestinian state. That’s something Secretary
Kerry has felt very strongly, was one of the main reasons for the breakdown of
talks and is threatening the future character
of a Jewish state, it’s threatening the viability of a 2 state solution, which
is what everybody including Prime Minister Netanyahu said they wanted. And you have to take it
into the context of UN vote. Kerry was planning to make this vote and then
deliver this speech in the context of why
they felt they needed to do something on the way out the door. A lot of people
will see it as a parting shot. This administration is framing it now as a way
to kind of save Israel from what Kerry called
the most extreme elements – this settler movement that is really trying to end
the two-state solution. YES
RLS very important TOLOG  2051

CNN 281216 2200-0000 ttl4 ch10 tl 003440 ,”. Hala Gorani interviews David Keyes,
spokesperson to foreign media for Netanyahu

Secretary of State says the two-state solution is in serious
jeopardy, and he warned that Israel settlement expansion could lead to, quote, “perpetual occupation of the Palestinians.”164*
Netanyahu was quick to reject Kerry’s speech calling it a disappointment and
saying Israel didn’t need to be,
quote, “lectured by foreign leaders,”. Hala Gorani interviews David Keyes,
spokesperson to foreign media for Netanyahu.

Q’: First of all, I can imagine that you did not like Kerry’s
speech. Specifically, what was it about it that you found objectionable?

A’: Secretary Kerry’s speech was deeply, deeply disappointing, and
that’s primarily because it didn’t really deal with the core of this conflict.
It spent probably a third, maybe even half of its time, blasting Israel for
having Jews live in their ancient homeland of Judea, but that doesn’t
even begin to touch the core of the conflict, which is the persistent
Palestinian refusal to recognize a Jewish state in any boundaries165*.
Now, think of the absurdity of this.
Israel’s Prime Minister has called literally hundreds of times to meet with
President Abbas for peace talks without any preconditions. He invited him to
speak in the Knesset, he offered to go to the parliament in Ramallah which is
just a few minutes from where I’m standing. And
Abbas not only said no to every one of those offers, he actually said he
welcomes every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem. His advisors, like Sultan Abu AlEinein, called
to slit the throat of every Israeli wherever you find them. Statues are being
named after Abu Sukar who blew up 15
Israelis just down the street from where I’m standing. So to — (interrupts)

Q’: But can I just ask you specifically about the points? I mean,
I’m happy for you to list all those things, but at the same time, I want you to react to what Kerry
specifically said, which is settlement expansion, essentially sometimes deep
into private Palestinian land, into territory that would obviously make sense as a future Palestinian
state, that doesn’t just hurt Palestinians but also Israelis, and therefore
makes a two-state solution virtually
Do you not agree with that?

A’: I do not agree with that at all. The presence of Jews in Judea
and Jerusalem doesn’t prejudice, in any way, a solution of two states for two peoples.
And the idea that this presence of Jews somehow is the barrier to peace simply
flies in the face of history because for literally decades before there was a
single Jew living anywhere in those territories, this conflict raged. And when
Israel brought out every single one of those Jews from Gaza, we got 20,000 missiles on our
head. We got a theocratic terrorist organization calling for genocide against
all Israelis. If this conflict was
about the presence of Jews here or there about homes, it would actually be a
lot easier to solve. But the Palestinian leadership to this day continues to reject any Jewish
sovereignty in this land, and that is the reason why this conflict is raging –

(interrupts) Q’: But why continue to expand –

Keyes: And what a tragedy (not sure) –

Q’: Why continue to expand settlements even sometimes on private
land? I mean, this is something that Kerry brought up. Many citizens of your
own country object to as well, & find this to be ultimately
counterproductive. It even goes against Israeli law in some cases. So how is
that not going against the viability of a two-state solution? This is something
that I think people would like you to answer. 

A’: Well, first of all, I’d question the premise of your question.
I would point to the fact that over a million and a half Arabs live in Israel as full citizens. And the idea that
the Palestinian leadership, as a precondition to statehood, demands to evict
every single Jew living from their ancient homeland from places like Jerusalem,
and that’s connected to this UN resolution which actually has the audacity to
call the western wall, occupied
Palestinian territory. Think
about this, that this is one of the holiest sites of the Jewish people. So my
vision and most Israelis’ vision and the Prime Minister’s vision are two states
living side by side in peace with mutual recognition to give everybody here
hope for a better future. And what a travesty that all of our calls for peace, to sit down
at the table and work out all of those difficult issues including settlements,
are summarily rejected by the Palestinian leadership. What a tragedy for both
Israelis and Palestinians. And I’m hopeful that when we do finally sit across
the table from our Palestinian neighbors, in direct and bilateral negotiations,
a real peace deal can be worked out like Jordan and like with Egypt. 

Q’: I get that your
point is it’s all the Palestinians’ fault.167*
If only they were
sort of open to the idea of some sort of discussion without preconditions by the Israeli
government of Netanyahu, this could all be solved. This is what you’re
outlining for us. But I’ve got to ask you
about sort of, I mean, overall, the idea that these settlements are an
impediment. There has to be
some sort of, (stutters) is there no acknowledgment from your position that if the settlement
activity were curtailed, that it would help?168*

A’: I don’t think it would help for the simple fact that the Palestinians define Tel
Aviv as a settlement. And if you think I’m exaggerating, just open a
Palestinian textbook, turn on Palestinian television, look at what they’re
teaching their children, which is essentially that all of Israel is also
Palestinian. So
it’s pleasant to think of just a handful of outposts as settlements, but if the
Palestinians themselves are talking about flooding Israel with millions of
refugees, if they’re talking about Tel Aviv as a settlement, that’s a whole
different world of problems.169* And
that’s why it’s so important that the US should return to its historic position
of protecting Israel at biased bodies like the UN, that call the western wall
occupied territories. I mean the Americans should be asked, will they veto any
of these resolutions? (interrupts).

Q’: And do you think that with Trump, things will change?

A’: I hope so.

Q’ How do you think a Trump administration will change things? You
saw his tweets, presumably.

A’: Right. Well, obviously, we welcome the fact that he criticized
this biased and deeply anti-Israel resolution because it actually pushes peace
further back. It’s not just that we don’t think the UN is the right forum, that
the SC isn’t the right forum, but by hardening
the positions of the Palestinians, by saying you don’t actually have to accept
Israel as a Jewish state, you’re actually pushing peace further away. And that’s what’s so
dangerous about this. So my hope is
that countries around the world come together to encourage the Palestinians to,
at long last, accept Israel as a Jewish state and cease their desire to eventually wipe
Israel off the map. YES RLS very important (DWM)

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Netanyahu criminal investigation.
(end of previous interview) Hala Gorani interviews 

David Keyes. Q’: We’re hearing from Reuters
that the Attorney General in Israel is ordering the police to open a criminal
investigation into two matters involving Netanyahu. Is this something you can confirm? 

A’: I can’t at this moment, but I can assure you that there’s no
there, there. There’s been a lot of rumors in the past; none of them have been
proven. And it’s a shame that so much airtime is taken up by scurrilous
scandals that are never proven. I’m sure it will be fine. 

Q’: So you can confirm that the attorney general has indeed ordered
the police to open two criminal investigations? 

A’: No, I can’t confirm that. What I can confirm is that there’s
no there, there because the Prime Minister has acted in an exemplary fashion. And this rumor mill, which is all too
often spreading basically lies about the Prime Minister, has been proven false
time and time again.

Q’: So you can’t confirm the opening of investigations, but if, in
fact, there is some sort of investigation by the police, you’re saying that there’s been no wrongdoing?

A’: The only thing I can confirm is that the Prime Minister, whom
I know and who has been proven to be clean in so many things that were once deemed scandals, is somebody that can
be trusted and I’m sure there’s no there, there. YES RLS important TOLOG

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Kerry speech was “disappointment“. Hala Gorani with Josh Rogin,
Washington Post & Hillary Mann Leverett, ME analyst.

Q’ Josh Rogin, , three weeks left. Kerry, forceful speech, really
long, more than an hour, …He said what he had to say. Will it make a

Rogin: No, I don’t think it will make a difference in the overall
peace process which will now be governed by the incoming Trump administration
and the Netanyahu government. But I
think it is trying to set a frame for the legacy of John Kerry and the Obama
administration as they look back at their
years of effort trying to negotiate a ME peace, effort that has failed, and
that they now are clearly trying to place most of the blame for on the
Netanyahu government. It also sort of
puts a stake in the ground as to where the US policy is right now, and that’s a
policy that’s very far away from where the
Israeli government is. And, …we look at what the next administration is going
to do, US policy’s going to change
a lot. So this is a marker just so for historical record to show that, at this
point in time, the Obama administration
was very opposed to what the Israeli government is doing. That’s going to
change in a big way starting on January 20th. 

Q’: …how will things change with Trump in the White House, do you

Leverett: Well, I think it’s important to note that I think there
is some blame being set here by Secretary Kerry in his speech, but I don’t
really think it’s to blame the Israelis. I think that he’s setting up the incoming
Trump administration to take the fall for the death of the peace process. Because there’s going to be no peace process if there is no two-
state solution
. 170* I think the
Obama administration sees the writing on the wall, and they don’t want to be
blamed in history, the short term or near term,
for that failure. But I do think
it will make a difference. The speech, the UNSC resolution, and very
importantly, a conference that is coming up in two weeks in Paris that the French are
hosting with over 70
nations that will, again, set the framework for what they see, for what the
world sees, as a sustainable peace
process to keep countries in the ME together going forward toward a peace
. I think that’s what we’re going to be seeing, at
least, in the near term. 

Q’: In fact, the French reacted just minutes after this speech and
said, hey, great speech. We agree with everything John Kerry said. So, Josh, you heard David Keyes… you know, he’s
essentially blaming the Palestinians
for absolutely everything
,172* saying the settlements aren’t
the problem. The Obama administration, & we heard this also from Netanyahu,
has it out for Israel (?) and have been anti-Israel for years. In that current
political environment, what can be achieved in terms of getting any kind of peace process
back on track?173*

Rogin: I think it’s very unlikely that there will be any
substantive peace process going forward in the next months or even years. …I
think what the incoming Trump administration will do will have the effect of
taking the US out of the role of being an honest broker if that was even the case in recent
months and years, and that will take away the US ability, in my view, to sort of
push both parties
, who both would have
to make some sacrifices and some concessions to start a real peace process. And
the U.S. simply won’t have the leverage or the influence to do that based on the stance that we
see emerging from the Trump administration. Now, that may be something that the
Netanyahu government is totally OK with, you know. What John Kerry was saying
pretty clearly is that he doesn’t actually believe that Netanyahu is really intending to
pursue a 2 state solution174*
. He called into question the basic
honesty of that claim, and that was a pretty shocking moment from the speech.
But going forward… because of what’s going to be a change in US policy, to align it with the Netanyahu
government, the prospects
for any real substantive negotiation that involves concessions of both sides
are really low, unfortunately175*.

Q’: Oren Liebermann was telling me a little bit earlier, that even
Israelis who are opposed to settlement expansion,
some of it illegal, obviously, on private Palestinian land, were unhappy about
the US not vetoing this Resolution. He told me that they truly believe that the Obama
administration turned its back on Israel. What do you make of that reaction?

Leverett: I think it’s reflective of a stark reality that Israelis
have faced for a while but I think face now in an unprecedented way, which is the profound isolation the state of Israel faces on the world stage. The standing ovation of countries represented in the UN at the SC when this resolution passed was almost
.176* The
only time I ever saw members at the UN stand, and I represented the United
States there in the late 1990s and into 2001, was after 9/11 when they stood
with the United States after we were attacked. It’s almost unprecedented for members
to stand. And I think, it shows the profound isolation the Israelis face, and I
think that is reflected as a hard reality on the ground, both in terms of those
sentiments that your correspondent noted and also the furious reaction by Prime Minister Netanyahu. 

Q’: …is this isolation only hardening, really, public opinion in a
sense? I mean, if you wanted to affect change, should there be another approach,
simply put? 

Leverett: Well, you know, I think there’s this sort of kind of
deep misunderstanding of what the ME peace process is about. It’s not for the US
to achieve some sort of peace in harmony, some –(?) moment in the ME. This
makes the peace processes all about American interests. It’s about keeping different countries
in the Middle East that are completely opposed to each other on this basic
issue of Israel and Palestine, keeping
them together in a pro-American security and political order in the ME. It’s
how we balance our relations, for example, with
Saudi Arabia and Israel together. We need the peace process for our own reasons
to manage these relations, not to bring about peace and harmony. So in terms of… how public opinion
is affected here or elsewhere, in terms of strategists sitting in the situation
room, they understand the stark reality. And even Trump’s new Defense
Secretary, General Mattis, his incoming Secretary of State Tillerson, they will understand clearly they need to keep the
Arab states and the broader Muslim world onboard with the United States. And
for that Israel’s going to have to
go along regardless of public opinion there or even here
.177* Proleptic dhimmitude YES RLS
very important TOLOG

281216 2200-0000 ttl4 ch22 tl 010225 Eleni Giokos interviews Edward Djerejian,

Means Business, Eleni Giokos. Tonight, in a very
public dispute, America’s top diplomat and Israel’s PM trading heated words
over the Palestinian conflict. With time running out for the Obama White House,
Kerry laid out his urgent vision for peace. Benjamin Netanyahu immediately hit back calling it a big disappointment. Kerry
says a 2 state solution is the only solution and that is now in serious jeopardy. Kerry: “Regrettably some seem to
believe that the US friendship means the US must accept any policy regardless
of our own interests, our own impositions,
our own words, our own principles. Even after urging again and again that the
policy must change. Friends need to tell each other the hard truths. And
friendships require mutual respect. They fail to recognize that this friend,
the US, that has done more to support
Israel than any other country, this friend that has blocked countless efforts
to delegitimize Israel cannot be true to our own values or even the stated democratic
values of Israel. And we cannot properly defend and protect Israel if we allow
a viable 2 state solution to be destroyed before our own eyes. And that’s the
bottom line.” Giokos: In a
swift response, Benjamin Netanyahu said John Kerry’s speech was skewed against
Israel. Adding that he looks forward to working with Trump. Netanyahu: “I don’t seek
applause. I seek the security and peace and prosperity and the future of the
Jewish state, the Jewish people have sought their place under the sun for 3,000
years, and we’re not about to be swayed by mistaken policies that have caused
great, great damage. Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance
of peace by foreign leaders. Israel’s hand has been extended in peace to its neighbors from day one, from its very first
day.” We’ve received a statement
from the PA President Mahmoud Abbas: “The minute the
Israeli government agrees to cease all settlement activities, including in and
around Occupied East Jerusalem, and agree to implement the signed agreements on the basis of mutual
reciprocity, the Palestinian leadership stands ready to resume permanent status
negotiations on the basis of
international law.”177*

Giokos interviews Edward Djerejian, former ambassador
to Israel and Syria

Q’: … what an impassioned day. Whether it was watching it on TV or
even the exchanges on Twitter with important leaders. What is a major takeaway
for you?

A’: First, this is a major war of words between Israel and
Netanyahu’s administration in Israel, and the US and the Obama administration.
Fundamentally, to step back from this war of words, there has always been a
tension between the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the efforts to make peace, and
settlement activity. If you trace it back, Israeli settlements since 1967 have
been declared to be illegal under int. law and that is a position that the US
has adopted under both Democratic and Republican administrations. In fact, there was to cite one of
several UNSC resolutions in 1980 Resolution 471, condemned Israeli settlements
and the US abstained from that resolution just as the US abstained this week…
So, there is nothing new in the US abstaining on a resolution that condemns
Israeli settlements. But the political context is what is very difficult.

Q’: Is anything of what we heard today going to spark a road to

A’: I think it makes it harder. I think that the positions are
becoming very polarized, & therefore, I don’t think it facilitates the efforts to make peace. It
makes it more difficult. Having said that, we are in such a special situation
now, a presidential transition… that
is very difficult to predict where this is going to take us. The one thing I
take some solace at is that the President-elect has stated that at one point
during the campaign, he wants do the deal. He called it the ultimate deal between
Israelis and Palestinians. I hope he lives up to that, I hope he tries like all
of his predecessors to do the ultimate deal. But once he sits in the oval
office, and he sees all the facts that are presented to him, and the history of
US engagement on this, I hope that we can get back to the constant American position to try to
facilitate an agreement between Israel and Palestine.

Q’: You’re
talking about a two-state solution — A’: Absolutely. Q’: — put on the table.
178* Kerry was talking about this quite extensively today, saying the
settlements are inhibiting that
process. It’s going to make it more complex as the settlements expand further.
What do you think is going to happen from here onwards? Netanyahu was also
quite clear saying he’s concerned about what the next few days and weeks hold
for him ahead of Trump coming into power. What can happen between now and then
in the context of what has just played out?

A’: I think the Israelis have a legitimate concern from their
point of view. First of all, Netanyahu’s government, as you know, is very rightwing Likud government. Some of
his key cabinet ministers are staunch advocates of settlements. And therefore,
his political options, are not, are limited. But I think that what the Israelis
are concerned about and what may happen, before January 20th, is that on January 15th, there is going to be a
conference in Paris on the Palestinian issue, the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
And if that conference, which is an international
one, comes to a position on how the peace process should move forward, and on
settlements, and it’s a slight possibility they recommend that a UNSC resolution endorsing what
they say occurs, that will, in Israeli eyes make their position much more

Q’: You were saying that Trump once he gets the facts in front of he
is going to try, make good on this deal.

A’: I’m speculating.

Q’: …But we’ve seen him engaged on Twitter platforms we’ve seen
this relationship between the U.S. and Israel now starting to deteriorate. What
do you think is going to happen in the next four years between the U.S. and
Israel and a Trump presidency? A’: Well, first of all, if the settlement activities continue, if more and more
land is occupied by the Israelis, the prospects of a 2 state solution are going
to become so diminished that there will not be a viable 2 state solution179*
What is the alternative to that? It’s a one state. Either continued Israeli
occupation, the status quo, which is very difficult to contemplate for the next
five to ten years.

Q’: Is that disappointing for you looking at that being an option?

A’: Of course, because basically what it means is that Israel can lose its Democratic
Jewish nature. It cannot remain Democratic if it continues to occupy at least 2½  million Palestinians. And it cannot remain
Jewish if it’s one state where you have the Palestinian Arab population
multiplying demographically at a higher rate than the Jewish population180*.
So, the one constant of American foreign policy on this issue since `67 has been a two-state solution. YES RLS very important TOLOG

CNN 281216 2200-0000 ttl4 ch24 tl 011100 Eleni
Giokos With Elise Labott

Before the speech even began, President-elect Donald Trump and
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, were making a very public show of support
for each other on Twitter. Trump firing the first message: “We cannot
continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They
used to have a great friend in the U.S., but not anymore. The beginning of the
end was the horrible Iran deal and now this. (U.N.)!
Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!” Netanyahu responded: “President-elect
Trump, thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support for Israel!” And mentioned as well two of Trump’s
children’s Ivanka as well as Donald Trump Jr., Eleni Giokos With Elise Labott live, Washington.

Q’: What a day it’s been. When we look at the exchange on Twitter,
we are seeing a very clear support coming through between Trump and Netanyahu.
What are you reading in to this at this point?

Labott: Clearly the Trump administration is sending a signal that
it will be much friendlier towards
Israel. Not just in the tweets… but President-elect has promised to move the
embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for instance. He’s also appointed a very
controversial hard-line ambassador that supports settlements. That has very
pro-Israel views. Kind of against what you have seen in this Obama
administration. And now the President-elect intervened in this whole UN vote.
He ended up speaking with the Israelis, ended up speaking with el-Sisi, about
this measure. It’s clear that he’s inserting himself on behalf of Israel. What
you see from the Obama administration and what Kerry said today is we are
Israel’s friend. We do care about Israeli security, but we feel that these settlements are
threatening the future viability
of a Jewish state, a two-state solution181*
. And friends can’t always
agree with friends if we don’t agree, we need to be able to tell you. And I think it was a little bit of tough love from Kerry182*.
He said that no administration has been, protect Israel more, it just signed a $38 B MOU for U.S.
military aid. So, in their eyes, the Obama administration does think that it’s
a friend of Israel, just doesn’t always agree with its policies, & feels
that they need to say so.

Giokos: Exactly. And that was the message that was given out that,
you know, friends
sometimes need to show that tough love183*
. It will be interesting
to see how Trump navigates that going forward. But Netanyahu got a little
personal today when he mentioned Ivanka as well as his son in that tweet. What can we read
into that?

Labott: I think we have to be very careful not to overanalyze the
tweets of the President-elect. He’s making a statement. Or of the PM. …I think
you heard Secretary Kerry a couple weeks ago, give a very impassioned speech
where he says that complex issues of foreign policy
can’t be boiled down to pithy little tweets. There sending signals. There
sending messages. Clearly this — the prime minister is looking past the Obama administration, is sending a
signal that he is looking forward to working with the Trump administration who he
feels is going to be more friendly
towards Israel. Ivanka Trump, his daughter …she is married to Jared Kushner who
has been advising the President-elect on matters related to Israel and the ME peace process. They’re
both Jewish and feel very strongly about the state of Israel. So, I think that
these are signals being sent, but I
don’t think you can really kind of dissect them and think that there is any
deeper meaning into them. They’re both sending signals, looking forward to working with each
other. YES RLS
important TOLOG

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2 state solution is only path to peace.. Jim Sciutto reports

Kerry: “Friends need to tell each other the hard truths.”  

Kerry delivering a blunt message to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Kerry: “The Israeli prime minister publicly supports a two-state solution,
but his current coalition is the most right-wing in Israeli history, with an
agenda driven by the most extreme elements.” 

Pushing back following Washington’s decision not to veto the UN vote condemning
Israeli settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank. 

Kerry: “On this point I want to be very clear. No American administration
has done more for Israel’s security than Barack Obama’s.”

Kerry vehemently defended the U.S. abstention, saying the very prospects of
Middle East peace are at stake. 

Kerry: “The vote in the United Nations was about preserving the 2 state
solution. That’s what we were standing up for. The two-state solution is now in
serious jeopardy.” 

Kerry acknowledged the US consulted on the resolution but denies Israel’s claim
that the US was the driving force behind it. 

Kerry: “The United States did not draft or originate this resolution; nor
did we put it forward.” 

Israel’s Netanyahu called Kerry’s speech disappointing and more. 

Netanyahu: “Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of
peace by foreign leaders.” 

Netanyahu promised Israel has the evidence to prove that the US orchestrated
the vote and would show that evidence to Trump when he takes office in just a
few weeks. Netanyahu: “We have it on absolutely incontestable evidence
that the

US organized, advanced and brought this resolution to the UNSC. We’ll share
that information with the incoming administration.” 

For his part, Trump did not stand on the sidelines, tweeting before Kerry’s
speech, “We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total
disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the US, but not
anymore. Stay strong, Israel, January 20th is fast approaching.” 

Netanyahu quickly tweeted back: “President-elect Trump, thank you for your
warm friendship and your clear-cut support for Israel.” 

Despite the public tensions, President Obama recently decided to increase aid
to Israel, committing $38 B over ten years, part of the largest pledge of
military assistance in US history, which Kerry noted was not a new stance. 

Kerry: “In the midst of our own financial crisis, and budget deficits, we
repeatedly increased funding to support Israel. In fact, more than one half of
our entire global foreign military financing goes to Israel.” YES RLS important TOLOG 6602

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Kerry delivers blunt message to Israel. Michael Holmes interviews Dan

Q’ this is not unprecedented. …Clinton did a similar thing… with a
new government around the corner… what was the point do you think?

A’ they wanted to close out the administration by indicating what
they had tried to do for the last 8 years. Why things did not succeed… (peace process)
there were several fits & starts & successes & failures, mostly
failures including the effort by Kerry himself… it wanted to lay out what it
felt was necessary
in order to move forward…
Kerry’s speech was the most substantive
policy statement ever by a US policy maker
184*. But its not clear
that it will have any political validity given the incoming administration.

Q’ you are not the
only one saying that. A lot of people out there praising the speech from a
foreign policy aspect. Also many asking why wasn’t it made maybe 4 years ago,
even more?185*

A’ I’m sure it was considered. The president had a lot of things
on his agenda… he had invested significant time in the peace process during his
first term & that had not succeeded. You recall the blowout in 2011, when
Netanyahu rejected the president’s idea of negotiating borders & security.
So I think the president walked into his second term  with a bit more tentative view about what to
do. Allowed Kerry to give it another shot & when that didn’t work I think
the president basically said I am not going to be the one to fix it but maybe I
can leave behind some lessons learned & a pathway forward.

Q’ (UNSC vote) …what kind of pressure does that unanimity among
nations put on Israel when it comes to settlements & the obstruction they
present to a deal?

A’ if we were in ordinary times you would say that a country ought
to sit up & pay attention when the int. community is unanimous in its
condemnation of its policies. But as we saw with Netanyahu in this quite right
wing cabinet, that he leads, he – decided to declare war on parts of the int.
community. Recalling his ambassador from a couple of countries… & the kind
of disrespectful language that he’s used vis-a-vis the US, which is his prime
ally. So its an unusual response. One would have thought that something would
be more measured in which he might have said that we don’t like the resolution,
we don’t agree with it. but the PM obviously has something else in mind
probably looking forward to Trump’s administration, which he thinks will be
much more conducive to his own thinking.

Q’ Paris… there is a feeling that could come out with even more
resolutions. Do you think Israel is concerned about that?

A’ I think part of Netanyahu’s response today indicated there is a
great concern about that. He wants the US to pledge that they will not support
anything else in the SC. Something I can’t imagine any administration would do.
Its quit possible the meeting in France will produce some ideas & its quite
possible that there would be an effort to try to translate that into a SC
resolution. Meeting in France …leaves precious little time to do anything
before the next administration.

the big picture, the 2 state solution, Kerry warning in that speech
“despite our best efforts the 2 state solution is now in serious
jeopardy”. That would seem obvious. Netanyahu himself gave a speech in
Hebrew some months ago saying it wouldn’t happen on his watch. The new incoming
ambassador isn’t in favor. Netanyahu really needs the support of the settler
political block. Where does it stand politically & realistically?

it’s certainly on life support. I’m not sure it’s dead. There’s really no other
outcome that one can imagine, but it’s not going anywhere. There’s no interest
on the part of the current Israeli cabinet to move in that direction. the
Palestinian leadership as you know, is a relatively weak. Palestinian politics
are divided between the West Bank & Gaza. The rest of the ME is taken up
with conflicts in Syria, Yemen & Libya. So there isn’t really a leader out
there that’s going to push this thing. One might have hoped that in that
context an American president would emerge that would see the importance of
moving forward, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards with Trump, who is
suggesting that he will take American policy in an exceedingly different
direction. YES RLS very
important (DWM?) TOLOG

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2 state solution only path to peace. Michael Holmes with Oren Liebermann live,
Jerusalem. …Q’ that brings us to the point. We have heard all kinds of Israeli government
spokespeople today & government members saying that it’s not settlements
that are an obstacle to peace but quite literally the rest of the world says,
quite literally they are.186*
You put settlers all over the West Bank & you are not going to have a
contiguous state, a viable Palestinian state. hoe isolated is Israel when it
comes to really the rest of the world in that view? A’ (waiting for Trump) …but
Netanyahu still has one concern. Obama is not yet out of office. He is worried
about another move. Either UNSC or another int. forum… Q’ what’s the
Palestinian response? A’ …welcome this. They say this is long overdue… they say
now it’s up to Israel. Abbas
said we have a road map to peace, we have Kerry’s ideas & the SC’
resolution. He says its now up to Israel to abide to that resolution. Netanyahu
has made it clear he has no intention of abiding. If that’s the case the
Palestinian’s say they’ll pursue their cases at the ICC & other int. forums
187*. YES RLS important TOLOG

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2 state solution is only path to peace. Michael Holmes with Oren Liebermann
live, Jerusalem. (same as previous. Nothing new) TOLOG

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 Trump about some
kind of details to come soon about bringing jobs back to the country, also
reaffirmed a strong support for Israel. Jim Sciutto with panel: Douglas
Brinkley, CNN; Kayleigh McEnany, Trump supporter;
Peter Beinart, The Atlantic; Errol Louis, political anchor NY1. Trump: “I’m
very, very strong on Israel. I think Israel has been treated very, very
unfairly by a lot of different people. If you look at resolution in the UN and
take a look at what’s happened, they are up for 20 reprimands and other nations
that are horrible places, horrible places that treat people horribly haven’t
even been reprimanded. So, there is something going on and I think it is very
up fair to Israel.” We’ll have
more on that ahead.

Doug, as you look at that there, Trump talking about Israel. This
is one of really several major policy disagreements with the incoming and the
outgoing administrations that are bubbling over during this transition period,
particularly after the UNSC resolution. How is this going to be resolved? 

Brinkley: It’s stark right now, the differences in foreign policy,
and it’s not going to be resolved until Trump gets in the presidency. I think
the media cycle is so fast right now that we’re dealing things minute by minute
by minute basis, & it is starting to seem like a long transition for
President Obama. I was
disappointed that Trump had the nerve really to start trying to insinuate
himself into the foreign policy arena, in my opinion, too much so. But they are
determined that for the moment, Obama and Trump to kind of walk through things.
But it’s clear it is not going to go well in the foreign policy arena. I mean, Netanyahu is going to be a great
friend of Trump. And President Obama is one of the world leaders he dislikes
the most. 

Sciutto: McEnany, how do you answer that criticism? There is this
old rule of thumb I suppose of only one president at a time. Do you think that
Trump is unfairly, unwisely wading in, in effect before he is inaugurated?

McEnany: I don’t think so. I think it was entirely fair to
advocate when you are asked by the Israeli PM for the US to do what they have
always done and that is to say, reject and veto any condemnation of Israel at
the UN, which we know is hostile to the U.N. So, I think that was a fair move
— (interupts)

Sciutto: That’s actually not true. Successive US president, of
both parties have sometimes voted for abstained on resolutions, 71 resolutions
that have been critical of Israel. So it’s not the first time that you have had
the US allow a resolution like this go through. 

McEnany: But as the “New York Times” points out it is a
huge break with tradition to actively condemn Israel and the settlements at the
UN. That is a break with tradition. But not only do that, I do find it really
ironic there’s this push for Trump to wade in when it comes to Russia. He needs
to get out there he needs to say Russia did this. He has to be out in public on
this. There is a push for him to wade into national security and foreign policy
measures when it’s convenient, but then when he does so on another issue,
there’s this onslaught of criticism that he’s wading in prematurely.

Sciutto: Peter Beinart, I know the issue of Israel is very close
to your heart. What do you make of this conflict playing out in effect between
the outgoing and incoming administrations? 

Beinart: Well, I think on Israel, the macro question is, will the 2
state solution survive? The Obama administration I think wanted –(?) to at
least for its own legacy sake to show that it didn’t want the 2 state solution
to die without it putting up some kind of fight. Netanyahu has been extremely hostile to the 2 state
solution throughout his entire prime ministership.188* His government
is overwhelmingly filled with people who oppose the 2 state solution. He
himself in 2014 said Israel should never withdraw troops from the West Bank.
And the Trump administration, you have an ambassador to Israel who’s also
hostile to the 2 state solution. So,
that’ the macro question here. The question is, do you believe a 2 state
solution is in Israel’s & America’s interest or not? I think Obama is on
one side of that, and Netanyahu and Trump are on the other. 

Sciutto: Louis, …I wonder, with this resolution on Israel, with
CNN’s own reporting that as soon as tomorrow the president could announce
retaliatory action against Russia on the hacking. On these issues, do you see
President Obama trying to effect tie Donald Trump’s hands before he leaves

Louis: No, I don’t think it is anywhere near that… I think this is
really more about Obama trying to ensure his own legacy and arguing as Peter
points out that the 2 state solution…  we
heard a long discourse and lecture about it from Kerry today, that if this is
what you believe in, if this is what part of your policies were about, you’ve
got to put a stake in the ground, you gotta put a marker in the ground. …(talks
about Russia) I think he probably could have spared himself some of what Obama
seems to be doing if he had waited until January 20. I think the problems of
the world will be waiting there for him. He may in retrospect wish that maybe
he had let the ME issue wait just a few more weeks because he’s going to be
living with it every day from the moment he gets inaugurated. But he chose to
sort of jump out there and here we are. YES RLS very important TOLOG

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With boxing promoter Don King by his side, that’s right, Don King, Donald Trump
waded back in on the verbal fistfight between Israel and Kerry. He reaffirmed
his strong support for Israel. Kerry also talk talked about US support but he
salted it with tough talk. Friends, Kerry said, need to tell each other hard
truths and for him that includes the Israeli settlements that he believes are
sinking the peace process. Kerry:
“Let’s be clear: settlement expansion has nothing do with Israel’s
security.” And while he also
condemned Palestinian acts of violence in his speech, it did not stop Israeli’s
PM from lashing back and lashing back hard. Netanyahu:
“Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by
foreign leaders”. And once again, the  president-elect offered no substantive comments
on the Kerry speech, telling reporters as you heard, that it speaks for itself.
However, on Tweeter earlier, he spoke volumes. Elise Labott reports. Kerry: “The status quo is leading
towards one state and perpetual occupation.”189*
Labott: In a lengthy and deeply personal final plea, Secretary of State John
Kerry issued a strong warning to Israel that a two state solution was in jeopardy,
directing his aim at Israeli PM Netanyahu. Kerry:
“The Israeli prime minister publicly supports a two-state solution. But his current coalition is
the most right wing in Israeli history with an agenda driven by the most
extreme elements.”190* At the same time,
defending U.S. support of Israel. Kerry:
“No American administration has done more for Israel’s security than
Barack Obama’s.”  Netanyahu
quickly called the speech a biased attack that only payed lip service to
Palestinian terror. Netanyahu: “What
he did was spend most of his speech blaming Israel for the lack of peace.” Kerry’s message comes amid a
bitter war of words between the US and Israel, after Washington refused to veto
a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements, allowing it to pass. Kerry: “Some seem to believe that the US
friendship means the US must accept any policy regardless of our own interests,
our own positions, our own words, our own principles.” Israel says it has proof Washington
secretly orchestrated the vote & would show it to Trump when he takes
office in just a few weeks. Netanyahu: “We have it on absolutely
incontestable evidence that the US organized, advanced and brought this
resolution.” Kerry denied the
claims and framed the vote as an effort to save Israel from a policy that
threatened its future as a Jewish state. Kerry:
“We reject the criticism that this vote abandons Israel. On the contrary,
it is not this resolution that is isolating Israel. It is the permanent policy
of settlement construction that risks making peace impossible. And virtually,
every country in the world other than Israel opposes settlements.” In his four years as secretary of
state a deal between Israelis and Palestinians have escaped Kerry, but in a
recent interview with CNN, he rejected the idea that he failed. Kerry: “I
didn’t fail. We didn’t fail. The US didn’t fail. We put what I think is still
the solution on the table. But the parties failed.” Even before Kerry
spoke, both Trump and Netanyahu criticized the Obama administration. Trump tweeting,
“We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and
disrespect. Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching.”
Netanyahu responded “President-elect Trump thank you for your warm
friendship and your clear cut support for Israel.” YES RLS important TOLOG

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Sciutto with Elise Labott & Aaron David Miller & Carl Bernstein CNN & Douglas
Brinkley, CNN presidential historian.

Elise, we’ve heard an outpouring of reaction to the
speech today including from the Senate Minority Leader, Democrat, of course,
Charles Schumer saying, “It has emboldened extremists on both sides.”
I mean, giving that reception from both parties less than a month left in the
Obama administration. Why did the secretary feel he needed to make the speech

Labott: Well, he’s been wanting to do it for a long time, right,
and then the election came up and they didn’t want to do anything to undermine
Hillary Clinton who is the Democratic nominee, very, seen a strong on Israel.
And then when Trump was elected I think that threw them. They didn’t want to do
anything to push him more into Israel’s arms, but I think when they looked
what’s been happening over the last few years in Israel, that accelerated
settlement activity, the move in Israeli politics to the right. You heard Kerry
talk about the most extreme, most extremist, the settlers really dominating
the political scene
. They
saw that the two-state solution was slipping away 191* and they see what’s happening in this country. Donald Trump
was elected. He spoke about moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He
appointed a very hard line ambassador who supports settlement.

(cuts in) Sciutto: And who dismissed the two-state solutions.

Labott: And who’s talks about annexing the West Bank. So
they really felt that in good conscience. They couldn’t walk out the door
without putting their finger on the scale before peace, they see peace slipping

Sciutto: Aaron David Miller, you have written speeches for Republican
and Democratic secretaries of state. You say this was particularly personal for
Secretary Kerry. Why is that?

Miller: Well, I mean, he’s been the energizer bunny of the
American diplomacy. His mantra is it is better to try and fail than not the try
at all. You know, that’s a nobly(?) and that’s what Bill Clinton said to us two
days before he went to the Camp David Summit in July of 2000. The problem is if
you fail repeatedly, then trying and failing is not better than not trying at
all because it undermines American credibility. I think Kerry gives it a shot
and the reality is he’s right. It’s not the U.S.’s fault. The reality is the
guy in the middle has an impossible job because Israelis and Palestinians are
not yet ready, or able, or willing to make th e core decisions necessary to
allow a mediator to broker and bridge the gaps.

Sciutto: Arguably moving further away from those positions.

Carl, in terms of the politics of the speech today, I mean,
Secretary Kerry, President Obama, I’m sure they didn’t imagine they were
changing many minds in the Trump administration with this. So, why do this? Is
it setting a marker down?

Bernstein: First of all, Netanyahu and the Likud Party are not
Israel. Israel is a
great democracy that is divided like our own pretty much down the middle
between left and right.192*
In fact, General Mattis, the incoming secretary of defense has said much the
same as Kerry said today. He has called the settlements unsustainable. And the
only answer is a two-state solution. What we have here all day what we’ve been
seeing is the radical change in our presidential governments that is
represented by Donald Trump. On arms control we see it. On relations and
containment of Russia we see it. And now in terms of pursuing a two-state solution,
& Israel we see it. We’ve never this kind of radical change in the
presidency. …So we need to look at all of this in historical context. Brinkley
can tell us a bit about that I’m sure. But this is a total break on all of
these policy areas with the immediate past of American policy. Arms control,
Israel, etc’.

Sciutto: …Doug, the relationship between the Obama
administration and the Netanyahu administration strained as you know for some
time. Clearly, at this point, at an all time low or beyond, …earlier today I
spoke with Israel’s ambassador to the US and his own words and tone at times
suggested that this went beyond just policy differences. Ron Dermer: Secretary
of state for 72 minutes blames Israel for the lack of peace. We need a
Palestinian leadership that will say that they are willing to live with Jews
among them and next to a Jewish state. That has not been said. That’s what this
conflict has been about.
Sciutto: To accept that the right of Israel to exist (crosstalk), Dermer:
To accept that there will be a nation state of the Jewish people next to them. Sciutto:
…we talked about division here in the US There is certainly division in Israel.
But the division over Israel between the US and between now incoming and
outgoing administration is really unprecedented.

Brinkley: It truly is and what Carl said is
exactly right. I mean, we haven’t seen anything like this. In the sense that
ever since the Camp David accords with Jimmy Carter when I interviewed
President Carter for a book I did. He’s so sad that he never got the
Palestinian solution done. The 2 state done right. He did –(?) Palestinian
elections. So it’s been
like the Holy Grail for State Department diplomats if you can make a Camp David
peace type of thing between Israel and Palestine, you will be almost a Nobel
Peace Prize winner.193* John
Kerry threw his whole soul into doing this, only to be unexpected victory of
Trump, only now they have Trump talking about moving our embassy into Jerusalem
and having Netanyahu just backlash on Obama and Kerry in such a dramatic
fashion that it looks like the Likud Party. And if Trump goes along with moving
our embassy in Jerusalem, it’s kind of the end of a peace process that went all
the way from Carter to Obama, & we’re heading into some kind of new world
order in that part of the world coming up, where Israel might be throwing in
the towel on the settlement idea. Even though Netanyahu publicly says, you know, he wants a 2 state
solution, &  privately, Kerry
understands he really doesn’t.194*

Bernstein: He could have a war in the ME partly as a result of
some of these policies. That’s one of the breaks that we need to look at here
in all of these questions and whether or not this is a fact-based change that
Trump is going for, in all these areas or whether it’s more his intuition as we
saw in the campaign. I think there are some real danger intuition above fact. Sciutto:
Miller, I noticed I’m sure many other noticed 
that the Israeli PM was speaking in English today. His audience here in
the U.S.?

Miller: I think that’s right. And the speech wasn’t broadcast, let
alone in Hebrew and English in Israel. So, I mean you had two discrete
audiences. The PM speaking to putative (?) next president of the US and John
Kerry, I don’t think speaking to the Israelis, frankly. I think trying to
figure out a way. He knows what’s coming. He knows the two-state solution
may be dead but it’s not quite dead and buried. And they need to create a frame
of reference to basically make it unmistakably clear to the world that they
believe rightly or wrongly they have identified the problem. They tried
everything they could to help diffuse and resolve it. And in the end it’s not
their responsibility and not their fault.
YES RLS very important TOLOG

291216 0400-0600 ttl3 ch27 tl 014330 Don Lemon interviews Danny Danon

less than a month left in President Obama’s presidency, Kerry, making a speech
today, with some tough talk for Israel and Netanyahu. Netanyahu calling the
speech deeply disappointing. Don Lemon interviews Danny Danon live. We spoke
this morning before Kerry gave his speech essentially saying that the Israeli
settlements put the two-state solution really in serious jeopardy. Kerry:
“The Israeli PM  publicly supports a
two-state solution, but his current coalition is the most right wing in Israeli
history with an agenda driven by the most extreme elements. The results is that
policies of this government which the PM, himself, just described has more
committed to settlements than any in Israel’s history, are leading in the
opposite direction, they are leading towards one state.”

What’s your reaction? Did this speech change anything for you?

No, it was a failed attempt to defend the indefensible. Secretary Kerry tried
for 72 minutes to explain the one-sided –(?) resolution that passed at the SC
last Friday and we are still not convinced. Q’: What would you like to have
heard him say? A’: There was a major contradiction in his words, he said that he is urging both sides to
negotiate but at the same time while accepting the resolution of the Security
Council, he encouraged the Palestinians not to negotiate with Israel.195* So the US policy was that both
sides should negotiate directly, by accepting a resolution of the SC, the US
changed its policy and Obama in 2011 came to the UN and said to all the nations
to promote peace between the Palestinians & the Israelis, they should do it
by themselves, not through one sided resolution of the SC. I was not convinced
by Kerry what changed. Why now?

The settlements were just one part of the speech. but that is the sticking
point. So the question is how does building permanent buildings in the East and
on the West Banks, how does that help Israel achieving a 2 state solution?

It is not about the
settlements. For the Palestinians, everything, Israel is one big settlement.
They are not willing to recognize Israel, period. We’re talking about Tel Aviv,
Haifa, Be’er Sheva its not about E. Jerusalem or west Jerusalem. 196* Look what happen in Gaza, we
evacuated in 2005 all the Jewish communities, settlements, from Gaza. What
happened after that? Hamas took over and sent 20,000 rockets from Gaza into

What do you mean it’s
not about the settlements. That’s the whole sticking point

When you speak about the PLO, it was founded in 1964, before Israel occupied,
in quotes, the West Bank. It was in order to liberate Israel. So the resistance
is with the existence of Israel, period. Ask the Palestinians today…
(interrupts, crosstalk)…

With all due respect, Kerry also pointed out the wrongdoings of the
Palestinians as well and said that both sides had to work together. So, again,
I’ll ask you, how does building… (cuts in)

Personally, I would appreciate if someone will analyze the 72 minutes and will
see how much time the secretary spent on the issue of the settlements and how
much time he spent on the issue of radical Islam, terrorism, Hamas in Gaza. You
cannot ignore the reality in the ME and blame Israel for everything. By the
way, the UN we are used to it, but the fact that the U.S. teamed up with
Venezuela, Malaysia, and Senegal, to pass such a one-sided resolution, that is

Given such an uproar, though, especially by Netanyahu, wouldn’t you expect him
to spend more time trying to explain the US actions and the UN’s actions? (cuts

The policy of the U.S. was always to support constructive resolutions. & I
ask myself what will happen after this long speech? Whether we are actually
going to have to engage with the Palestinians now? We want to engage with them,
but after the speech, after the resolution at the U.N. the Palestinians will
not come back to the negotiation table.

I’m going to play what Prime Minister Netanyahu said today specifically on the
U.N. resolution. Netanyahu: “We have absolutely uncontestable evidence
that the United States organized, advanced and brought this resolution to the
UNSC. We’ll share that information with the incoming administration. Some of it
is sensitive. It’s all true. You saw some of it in the protocol released in the
Egyptian paper. There’s plenty more. It’s the tip of the iceberg.”

Now, again, ambassador, the United States completely denies that the US was
behind this resolution, so why not release the information now to the current

First of all, let’s look at the facts. In 2011, there was a very similar
resolution coming to the Security Council. The US decided to block it and
vetoed that resolution. 2014, there was another resolution. The U.S. blocked
the resolution without vetoing. They convinced the member states not to support
this resolution. So when the US wants to stop a resolution, they know how to do
it. And fortunately, what happened last Friday, it was a different ball game.
The U.S. actually worked on this resolution. We know it for a fact. And they
encouraged countries support this resolution.

You keep saying it, you and other representatives keep saying we know it for a
fact, but have not presented any concrete evidence.

When the PM of Israel, when he is saying that we have the evidence, you better
believe him. We will share it with President-Elect, with the new administration
and we hope to see a change, because we are used to the fact that U.S. is
protecting Israel, is the umbrella in the SC, but unfortunately, it wasn’t the
case last week. In the SC, the pen holder on every resolution regarding the ME
and Israel, particularly, is the US.

So what difference does it make now to present the information now or later?
What’s the difference?

Because we are not in a position now to start to argue with the –(?), when
there was a meeting in D.C., what they told the Palestinians? we have the
capabilities to know what happened in those meetings and unfortunately,
unfortunately we know for a fact that the US not only supported the resolution,
they encouraged the Palestinians to move forward to the Security Council. YES RLS very important (DWM?)

291216 0400-0600 ttl3 ch33 tl 015405 Don Lemon with  Aaron David Miller &  Noura Erakat, human rights attorney.

taking on Israel today, on the issue of settlements, in the final weeks of the
Obama administration angering Israel’s PM and provoking President-Elect Trump. Don
Lemon with  Aaron David Miller &  Noura Erakat, human rights attorney.

Aaron, I’m going to start with you, it’s December 28th. They’re packing boxes
at the White House. Why would Kerry make a major ME policy speech right now?

I think the U.N. Security Council abstention, and the speech basically were
designed, because I think the administration knows what’s coming which is
basically the demise of
what’s left of the 2 state solution198*
and I think they felt compelled, at least to put their fingerprints on it to,
create a frame of reference in which they demonstrated they’ve done everything
they possibly could and basically
to single out the settlements enterprise, even though John Kerry admitted that
it’s not the only or the primary obstacle to why we don’t have a two-state
solution, to basically set the parameters and to discharge those
responsibilities on an issue that they care deeply about…199* Miller: And in the end, if I can,
it’s likely to produce the opposite of what the administration intended.

So, listen, let me ask you then, you served both Democrat and Republican
secretaries of state. Then why the uproar, why so, why are people from the
Israeli side, especially Netanyahu, so upset when it appears this resolution is
no different than other resolutions that have been, you know, put together,
brought to the table in the past?

I mean it’s a very good question given the fact the US have voted many times
for Security Council resolutions far more critical of Israel and abstained on
them as well. I think in the end, the PM, I suspect, feels very frustrated. He
tried to mobilize the President-Elect and President el-Sisi of Egypt to turn
this off and he couldn’t, and second, I think the PM also knows that despite
the fact that the incoming administration is going to be much more positive for
him, that he is increasingly going to be caught in a very tough place, hammered
between international communities that will look upon this resolution as a way
to build momentum against settlements and by his own right wing who may use the
incoming Trump administration to advance their own agenda on the ground. So
we’re entering a very fraught period.

Is it a losing battle for the PM? Miller: Is it a losing battle? In 2018, a
year or so from now, Netanyahu will become the longest governing Prime Minister
in the history of the state of Israel, surpassing even David Ben Gurion,
arguably Israel’s greatest Prime Minister. So the reality is staying in power
as a reflection of a Prime Minister that most Israelis will either tolerate and
or support is a key objective. So is it a losing battle? …(cuts in) Q’: I meant
that in terms of, because he is isolating, he seems to be isolating Israel. Q’:
Yes, I mean, I think the louder the Israelis yell about this, the more
inspiration and power they can give to the Palestinians. Lemon: Noura, thank
you for being patient, I want to get your reaction to what the ambassador told
me in the last segment.

Erakat, human rights attorney: The ambassador was pointing out that
Palestinians haven’t recognized Israel. It’s not clear exactly what he demands
of Palestinians when
they recognized Israel twice in 1988, again in 1993, recognize the juridical
status of Israel.200* Israel
has been in existence since 1948, became a member of the United Nations since
1949. What exactly is being asked of Palestinians beyond that recognition? What
we’ve been hearing is they want Israel recognized as a Jewish state. And what
we’re not interrogating is that 25% of Israel’s population is Christian and
Muslim Palestinians who are native to that land. Asking Israel to be recognized
as a Jewish state is like saying the U.S. is not for Americans, the U.S. is for
white folks, and so everybody else will be secondary in status, a status that
Palestinian citizens of Israel already experience as a fifth column. But now if
the Palestinians recognize it as such, they’re basically going to say, we’re ok
with an explicit racist apartheid regime and we should be condemning Israel for
that request, rather than berating Palestinians for failing to fall into line
with that. All
Palestinians have asked for, are basic rights.201* The right to movement, the right to family, the right to
dignity, the right to work, the right to education and we’re here debating
whether or not that is a valid demand. And Palestinians are not waiting for
anybody to tell them that it is, because we know that is a moral, political,
legal right. Lemon: Aaron, I want to put up this exert from the PLO’s response
to the secretary’s speech. “the
minute the Israeli government agrees to cease all settlement activities,
including in and around occupied E. Jerusalem, the Palestinian leadership
stands ready to resume permanent status negotiations.” I mean, that sounds
like an opportunity, renewed peace negotiations in exchange for a settlement
ban. Should Israel take it seriously?202* Miller: I mean, it’s fortunate, frankly, for all of us that we
don’t have direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, because
given the fundamental mistrust and lack of confidence between the two sides,
and the galactic, truly galactic gaps that exist on issues relating to borders,
security, refugees & Jerusalem, another negotiating process is going to end
in failure. & that is, in fact, the real tragedy here. We’re going to remain trapped,
I fear, between the 2 state solution that’s too important to abandon and yet
one that is too difficult to implement.203* YES RLS
very important (DWM?) TOLOG

291216 0600-0800 ttl4 ch21 tl 004300

LEMON: A war of words between the White House and Israel heating
up tonight in the final weeks of the Obama administration. Kerry warning the 2 state
solution is at risk. Netanyahu saying he’s looking forward to working with the
president-elect. Don Lemon with  Alice
Stewart former Ted Cruz communications director & David Swerdlick CNN &
Andre Bauer former Lt. Gov. South Carolina & Symone Sanders. It’s certainly
been interesting what has been playing out on the national stage when it comes
to foreign policy.

Q’ Swerdlick, Netanyahu, head of state, America’s closest allies,
speaking over the head of the current president directly to the incoming
president. Have you ever seen anything like this before?

Swerdlick: Certainly not on Twitter, but, look, I think some of
the way this is playing out is a tad unprecedented, but it’s also in some ways
just a bookend to the really bad relationship that Obama and Netanyahu have
had. Obama asked Netanyahu in 2009 for a settlement freeze, and was never able
to really get that. There was a brief ten-month freeze, but it didn’t last. And
Netanyahu has really put his finger in President Obama’s eye at every
opportunity. So on the one hand, it’s not a surprise and you can’t blame Israel
for pressing their positions so hard, but they really should not be shocked
that they’re not getting the level of sympathy from the Obama
administration at this point.

Bauer: Well, Secretary Kerry gave one of the most condescending
speeches to a trusted ally, but this relationship – 

Swerdlick: How? How?

Bauer: — the last eight years has been rocky.

Lemon: That’s actually a good question. How is it condescending,

Bauer: Well, he belittled him. I mean, it was — the whole thing
was a narrative that wasn’t positive at all to an ally that we desperately
need. Look, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, have all in the last eight years gone away
from what we want in a democracy, in human rights countries, and we need all
the help we can get in the ME. We don’t want to be sending our own folks over
there. These folks we know when we send them money actually what they’re doing
with it. So the fact we would want to not work with these individuals but this
goes back – (crosstalk) –

Lemon: Hold on, Symone. Hold on,

Bauer: (unclear)…& he has passed up on meeting with Netanyahu
within the country…


Lemon: (Kerry)…a given, that he believes that what he’s saying is
true. If he then does believe that what he’s saying is true, the truth is
not always positive

Bauer: Well, I don’t know what he would be even attempting to
accomplish this late in the game a few weeks to go. Why would he pick this
fight when they can’t follow it up? They don’t have any mechanism to move
forward. They’re almost throwing a hot potato to the next administration
instead of just gracefully exiting the stage. There’s no reason to pick this
fight and continue to poke their finger in the eye. Look, we know the president
has denied meeting with Netanyahu on occasion. We know he’s continued to not
want to work with him. He’s helped the Palestinian state on numerous occasions
when a lot of folks feel like he shouldn’t have done that.

(cuts in) Lemon: This is a first administration(? Crosstalk)
that’s given Israel $38 B.

Sanders: Ahead of schedule, mind you. President Obama signed on to
give Israel $38 B in military aid well ahead of the contract that hadn’t even
expired yet. But the fact of the matter is, I was literally in Israel two weeks
ago, met with all kinds of folks, met with the U.S. ambassador as well as
Ambassador Dermer. And the sentiment there is that the US needs to continue to
be a credible broker of peace in the region, but it’s no secret that the
settlements have been something that has been frowned on by not just the Obama
administration, the U.S. presidents from past, Republican and Democratic
presidents, and the rest of the world. So… this should not be a shocker to
anyone. In terms of Israel being as Andre said kind of like the credible and
the stable country there, exactly, which is why settlements are a real threat
to peace. All Secretary Kerry did today was give his closing argument. He’s
well within his rights to do that. He is the current secretary of state.

Stewart: Yes, I think, of course, Symone has a fantastic
perspective having just been there. I think the bottom line here is that, look,
a key point that was made earlier was the simple fact that friends sometimes
have to tell friends things they don’t like to hear, but if they were our
friends, we would have been by their side and supporting them for many years. One
of the greatest takeaways I got out of Kerry’s speech today was the fact that
friends sometimes have to tell people bad news, but they also have a mutual
respect. That was key in the speech. I think this current administration, the
Obama administration, feels as though Netanyahu has not respected them for the
past eight years, and this was a parting shot. This was their way to get back
at them as they’re walking out the door. And with Israel being a democracy in a
sea of dictatorships, we should be — there should be no daylight between the
United States and Israel. We should have their back and if this is something
that they needed. And Netanyahu made it clear last week, this is something they
needed us to stand by their side, we should have done that and there should not
have been any second guessing, any question on that. And as Obama walks out the
door and this is something he wants to hang his hat on, on the way out the door
when we have important issues like genocide in Sudan, we have the crisis in
Syria, Russian hacking, China hacking, this is where he wants to make his
parting shot at? I think his priorities are way off balance. Lemon: David, is
there daylight?

Swerdlick: There is daylight… 
I understand why Israel’s pushing back on this. The speech from Kerry
today was a pushback. It was exposing a policy difference. I was just really —
the idea this was condescending, a 72-minute speech that outlined in detail
what the Obama administration position is, or Kerry State Department position
is, very clearly and methodically I don’t think it’s condescending. They
explained why they abstained on this vote.

Bauer: Well, I think they basically blamed everything on Israel
and it wasn’t quite fair.
I mean, they based almost everything on
occupation and we know when they sacrificed land for peace in the past, it
hasn’t worked.

Sanders: …I have to disagree,  I think Kerry
was also equally as critical, maybe not as equally, but he was very critical of
the Palestinians about the violence on the Palestinians side, engaged in to get
attention and make their point 204*.
And so I definitely think that today was just an explanation of where the US is
under the Obama administration, their thoughts and nothing wrong with it. This
was not new news today.

Lemon: Earlier today the president-elect tweeted this, “Stay
strong, Israel, January 20th is fast approaching.” Is he suggesting that
he’s going to try to reverse this U.N. Council, Security Council vote?

Stewart: It would appear that way. Clearly he’s going to show that
with the Trump administration there will be no daylight between the United
States and Israel and the talk of moving the embassy to Jerusalem certainly
will be on the front burner for this administration. That is a good thing
because they are an ally. We need to act as though they are. YES RLS very important TOLOG

291216 0600-0800 ttl4 ch36 tl 012205

The United States’ top diplomat is dropping the niceties and
calling Israel settlements a threat to a 2 state solution. Kerry also defended
the US decision to abstain from a vote on a UN resolution in his speech
Wednesday. That resolution condemns Israeli settlements in the West Bank and E.

Netanyahu fired back saying that Israel does not need to be lectured by foreign
leaders. Netanyahu says the real obstacle to peace is the Palestinian support
of terror and the rejection of Israel’s right to exist. 

Kerry has less than a month left in office but he says he could not in good
conscience do nothing or say nothing. 

Elise Labott reports.

Kerry: “The status quo is leading towards one state and perpetual

In a lengthy and deeply personal final plea, Kerry issued a strong warning to
Israel that a 2 state solution was in jeopardy directing his aim at Netanyahu. 

Kerry: “The Israeli prime minister publicly supports a 2 state solution
but his current coalition is the most right wing in Israeli history with an
agenda driven by the most extreme elements.” 

At the same time defending support of Israel. 

KERRY: “No American administration has done more for Israel’s security
than Barack Obama’s.”

Netanyahu quickly called the speech a biased attack that only paid lip service
to Palestinian terror. 

Netanyahu: “What he did was to spend most of his speech blaming Israel for
the lack of peace.” 

Kerry’s message comes amid a bitter war of words between US and Israel after
Washington refused to veto a U.N. resolution…
Kerry: “Some seem to believe that the U.S. friendship means the U.S. must
accept any policy regardless of our own interests, our positions, our own
words, our own principles.” Israel says it has proof Washington secretly
orchestrated the

vote and will show it to Trump when he takes office in just a few weeks. 

Netanyahu: “We have it on absolutely incontestable evidence that the US
organized, advanced and brought this resolution.” 

Kerry denied the claims and framed the vote as an effort to save Israel from a
policy that threatened its future as a Jewish state. 

Kerry: “We reject the criticism that this vote abandons Israel. On the
contrary, it is not this resolution that is isolating Israel; it is the
permanent policy of settlement construction that risks making peace impossible.
And virtually every country in the world other than Israel opposes settlements.” 

In his four years of Secretary of State a deal between Israelis and
Palestinians has escaped Kerry. But in a recent interview with CNN he rejected
the idea that he failed. 

Kerry: “I didn’t
fail. We didn’t fail. The United States didn’t fail. We put what I think is
still the solution on the table. But the parties failed.” 205*

Even before Kerry spoke both Trump and Netanyahu criticized the Obama
administration. Trump tweeting “We cannot continue to let Israel be
treated with such total disdain and disrespect. Stay strong, Israel — January
20th is fast approaching.”

Netanyahu responded, “President-Elect Trump thank you for your warm
friendship and your clear cut support for Israel”. 

And Netanyahu is warning about further moves at the UN. Israeli officials very
concerned about a new UNSC resolution coming out of Kerry’s ideas, or at an
upcoming peace conference in Paris next month.

Meanwhile Trump is working with the incoming Republican Congress to defund the
if the vote on settlements is not overturned. 

YES TLS important (rep.?)

CNN 291216 0600-0800 ttl4 ch40 tl

Kerry: 2 state solution in “serious jeopardy”. Rosemary
Church interviews Lucy DerTavitian, Journalist, live.

CHURCH: Journalist Lucy Der Tavitian joins us now from Los Angeles. Thank you
so much for being with us.

Q’: So why did Kerry decide to make this very personal speech at this time just
days away from Trump taking office? And what will it likely achieve, do you

Der Tavitian: It’s very interesting, isn’t it that this is a time that he
decides do so. I think what Kerry wants to do is to make sure that the peace
process and the 2 state solution continues under a Trump presidency, because
Trump has made it very clear that his support of Israel is unequivocal.

He has said that he wants Jerusalem to be the main, to be the capital of Israel
and only Israel. And that he wants to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. He
also supports settlements.

So, all of these factors are a threat to the peace process and I think what
Kerry is doing is giving a clear understanding of what is happening on the
ground when it comes to Israel and Palestine, and to the negotiations.

On the other end, he’s also giving support to the int. community, to Europe,
who is not so supportive of Israel as much as the US is. So now it seems that the US is
a little bit more aligned with the message that the int. community has on
settlements, which is that it’s an illegal act. You cannot build settlements
because according to the Fourth Geneva Convention, settlements are illegal

Q’: Right. Now, in his speech Kerry said that a 2 state solution is in
jeopardy. Is he right? And where does this all lead peace in the ME to do you

A’: It is absolutely in jeopardy but I think it has been for a while now. If
you don’t have a 2 state solution what you have is a one-state. & a
one-state would most probably not end up giving Palestinians freedom as they
would like it. They would not be — they would actually end up being a
second-class citizen.

And let’s also not forget that it’s also not a good idea for Israel to have a
one-state solution because Palestinians have larger families than Israelis. So
what you would actually have is a majority. So you don’t want a one-state
solution. What that would mean is that we would have, what you had in South
Africa, an apartheid state.

And I think that’s what Kerry was saying to — making very clear to Netanyahu.
What Obama was making very clear to Netanyahu is these are your choices. Your
choice is that you either have a 2 state solution, and come to the negotiating
table, and you are clear in your message and in your will to bring peace
between Israelis and Palestinians or what you’re going to have is a very
dangerous one-state solution which is not viable. And I don’t think it’s what
either the Palestinians nor the Israelis really want. YES RLS important TOLOG

Don’t know why they interviewed her. From Armeniapedia: Lucy DerTavitian is Lebanese-Armenian, born in Beirut. She has lived and
traveled widely in the Middle East, and is the Anchor and one of the producers
of KPFK 90.7 F.M, Pacifica Radio’s South West Asian and North Africa
collective. Lucy is also a member of Women in Black-Los Angeles as well as a
speaker bureau member for Peace Over Violence.)

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