The White house vehemently denied a report in Wednesday morning, Secretary of state John Kerry and National security adviser Susan Rice calling for outside discussed the controversial U. N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements, a top Palestinian official days, before Friday’s vote in the security Council.
An Egyptian news Website published for the first time, what is claimed to be Erekat details of the meeting with Palestinian official Saeb and others. According to several accounts in the Israeli media, the documents show that U.S. officials are discussing the draft resolution with the delegation and the agreement to cooperate.
Ned price, a spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, denied in a tweet of the claims early in the morning. He called the reports a “fabrication” and the “encounter said never occurred.”
This is a whole production. This meeting never took place. https://t.co/FHDL1taIlF
— Ned Price (@Price44) December 28, 2016
The State Department’s own website reflects that Kerry was scheduled to meet with Erekat at the state Department in Dec. 12, around the time of the discussions reported. The official website offers no details about what was discussed.
The reports, what is billed as a major address from Kerry at the U.S. vision for peace in the Middle East. Kerry is expected to discuss Wednesday morning, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and to defend the decision of the United States to waive, on Friday, the U. N. security Council vote, which allowed it to pass the measure.
Before the speech, a senior Israeli minister Kerry calls planned Mideast speech “pathetic step” further intensification of the tensions between the two close allies as the Obama administration prepares to leave office.
The comments that the Public security Minister Gilad Erdan were the latest salvo in a venomous exchange after the US refusal to veto the U. N. security Council resolution last week.
Israeli officials have said they have evidence is “ironclad”, to push the US behind, or closely involved in the resolution.
“We have evidence that … we are the new administration, and if you decide to share with the American people, that is your choice,” the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer told Fox News’ “Special Report”. “It is very clear that the U.S.-orchestrated.”
He said an Israeli minister belongs to, as “directly” that the Vice President intervened Biden to Ukraine to support the resolution and added: “The evidence we have is much bigger than that.”
The White house, though, has tried to explain their abstention, as rooted in the concern that the settlements itself, to undermine the peace process. Spokesman Eric Schultz pushed back also, on allegations that orchestrated the votes.
“The United States does not have the draft of this resolution, the have pleased to introduce this resolution,” he said in a statement. “The Egyptians, in partnership with the Palestinians, are the ones that began circulating an earlier draft of the resolution. The Egyptians are the ones who moved us on Friday. And we took the position that we are at the time, as it was put to the vote.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.