The live-stream for Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech at 11 AM this morning on Middle East peace is here.
Donald Trump is already trolling the Obama administration on the speech:
It was appreciated:
How’s this for loyalty to the team? House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer is joining with Trump to urge Kerry to tone it down, and do nothing to “disadvantage Israel” but signal unequivocally, we stand by the Jewish state!
“I urged the Administration to veto the recently passed U.N. Security Council resolution regarding Israel and settlements. Unfortunately, they failed to do so, and Israel’s enemies were strengthened…
“Now, it is my understanding that Secretary Kerry, in the last few days of this Administration, intends to outline the parameters of an agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. This flies in the face of the United States’s longstanding position that such a formulation should be reached only through negotiations by the parties and not by the United States, the United Nations, or any other third party.
“I urge Secretary Kerry and the Administration not to set forth a formula, which will inevitably disadvantage Israel in any negotiation. The United States must now take steps to signal unequivocally to the entire world that we will continue to stand by our ally Israel as it seeks to build a future of peace and safety as a Jewish state and an equal member of the family of nations.”
Obama’s positioning on Israel threatens to undermine his party’s fundraising capabilities.”
Another big Dem expresses displeasure with Kerry. Howard Wolfson of NY: “If only we were this tough on Putin: ‘Kerry will use a speech to confront Netanyahu after UN resolution.'”
Last night on MSNBC Steve Kornacki and Sam Stein said that the Obama abstention on the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 reverses longtime US policy. This is not the case. The only thing unprecedented about the Obama abstention is that he waited seven years to let a UN SC resolution go through.
Friedman has compiled the data on Presidential actions vis-a-vis UN resolutions here; and shown that the US opposed Israeli settlements going back to the 70s, and that all that is exceptional about Obama is his passivity.
This argument has come up repeatedly during President Obama’s tenure in office. It has invariably been used in making the tendentious case that President Obama – if he were to support or permit passage of a UN Security Council resolution either critical of Israeli actions or policies or a resolution regarding Israeli-Palestinian peace opposed by Israel – he would be guilty of an unprecedented betrayal of the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Whether this assertion is accurate or inaccurate is not a matter of opinion. There is a clear historical record available for verifying the facts…. [A]n exhaustive review of that historical record — a review which found that every president since 1967 – except one – permitted passage of and/or supported numerous UN Security Council resolutions opposed by Israel. That one exception is President Obama, who as of this writing remains the only U.S. president who during his time in office has not allowed the UN Security Council to pass a single resolution opposed by Israel.