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Israel Slams John Kerry For 'Pathetic' Speech

| by Ray Brown

An Israeli government official slammed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's planned Middle East policy speech and blasted the Obama administration's stance on Israel.

"This step is a pathetic step,” Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told Israel Army Radio about the speech, according to the Associated Press. “It is an anti-democratic step because it's clear that the administration and Kerry's intention is to chain President-elect Trump.”

Kerry is scheduled to deliver a farewell speech in Washington, D.C. and propose a peace settlement between Israel and Palestine, according to Politico.

Members of the Israeli government have been critical of the Obama administration after the U.S. refused to be the only member of the U.N. Security Council to veto a measure that calls for an end to Israeli settlements.

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Of the 15-member Security Council, which includes five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members, 14 voted to end the settlements.

The U.S., one of five countries with veto power on the council, abstained from voting.

"It was to be expected that Israel's greatest ally would act in accordance with the values that we share and that they would have vetoed this disgraceful resolution,” said Israel's U.N. ambassador, Danny Danon, according to CNN. “I have no doubt that the new U.S. administration and the incoming U.N. Secretary General will usher in a new era in terms of the UN's relationship with Israel.”

Although the Obama administration approved a $38 billion military aid package for Israel in September, according to USA Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused President Barack Obama of “colluding” with the U.N., and expressed that he looks forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump.

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Trump also took the opportunity to defend Israel against the U.S. resolution.

“We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect,” Trump tweeted. “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!”

Sources: Associated Press, CNN, USA Today, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2)/ Photo Credit: א.ינאי/Wikimedia Commons

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