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January 15, 2017 2:32 pm

Senior State Department Correspondent Says Paris Peace Conference ‘Marks End to Obama’s Failed Mideast Diplomacy’

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French President Francois Hollande and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

French President Francois Hollande and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Ahead of the Mideast peace summit held in Paris on Sunday, Associated Press correspondent Matthew Lee, known for his piercing questions at State Department briefings, indicated that the gathering of world representatives in the French capital would be the culmination of the “Obama administration’s eight years of unsuccessful Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy.”

Analyzing the reason for US participation in the conference, which he said “isn’t expected to produce any tangible progress,” Lee wrote:

At a time when President-elect Donald Trump’s administration is promising a fundamental shift toward Israel, the State Department said Kerry was only participating in the French-hosted event to ensure America’s interest in a two-state solution to the conflict is preserved. The blunt statement reinforced the dwindling hopes for a diplomatic breakthrough.

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Lee said that because no representatives from either Jerusalem or Ramallah were among the diplomats from more than 70 countries attending the summit, “[T]he US is primarily focused on shielding Israel from unfair criticism and ensuring concerns about Palestinian incitement to violence aren’t ignored.”

However, he wrote, “[T]he administration may find its voice ignored. While the US received credit from close allies in Europe and elsewhere for abstaining” from the vote on the anti-settlement UN Security Council Resolution 2334 last month, “America’s partners have grown tired with its leadership on the peace process.”

Lee added that what Kerry and other members of the Obama administration are more concerned about is the possibility of the incoming Trump team’s making good on its talk of moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a “symbolic gesture” aimed at recognizing the Holy City as the capital of the Jewish state, without waiting for any negotiations to determine its status.

According to Lee, “Kerry’s biggest decision in Paris may be a political one: whether to sign the concluding document if it includes a specific warning to Trump against moving the embassy. The Palestinians, Arab nations and others are pushing the issue, fearing the US move could spark a new conflagration. French officials say the warning could be in the document” — a draft of which Lee said was obtained by AP — urging Israel and the Palestinians “to officially restate their commitment to the two-state solution.” Lee said it also “tells Israel that no changes to its pre-1967 borders will be recognized if the Palestinians aren’t in agreement.”

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, who railed against the conference last week, saying it constituted a “reward to the Palestinians for continuing to avoid negotiations while promoting terrorism,” reiterated his criticism on Sunday, while the summit was underway.

“The Paris conference is so detached from reality that it has extended a hand towards Palestinian obstructionism instead of towards peace,” Danon said in a statement. “Rather than advancing a joint effort to battle global terrorism, the conference focused obsessively on Israel as part of an attempt to push forward a last-minute initiative just days before the new US administration takes office. In the next few weeks, we will enter a new era and work with the incoming US administration to undo the damage caused by the Security Council resolution and these other one-sided initiatives.”

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  • ToughJuice

    Bless Mr. Lee, too often he was the ONLY voice willing to question the liars thousands of lies and intentional misstatements, Lee was the only person who kept America from being Nazi Germany by his stern questioning during many of these countless disgusting and hurtful sessions in dishonesty.

  • mikep1738

    Obama’s failed Middle East policy in 6 words that fit perfectly:

    Praise Muslims
    Ignore Christians
    Blame Jews

  • Jonah

    Trump should turn the UN into a second Trump tower! Israel will soon be fighting saber weilding terrorists of every sort and shape, hand to hand combat in your cities. The obama funded and armed terrorists have caches of weapons supplied by Benghazi that will last for decades. After the finalized UN resolutions Israel will never be at peace again will be in constant conflict until God puts an end to your enemy’s. Only a residual or remnant of Israelis will survive the waves of millineal attacks. Obama has been the catalyst for Israel to be plundered. Prepare for hand to hand combat, arm your wife’s and children, be quick to take offensive action against perceived existential threats apologize to no one let Russia no where you stand when it comes to your survival as a race. Tell Kerry and the people of the world you will not be backed up to aushwitz borders. If you lose a million inflict 100 times that against your enemy’s. Russia will not get directly involved or God will take them out an Putin knows this. Mayhem, destruction, loss of life in previous wars will pale in comparisom to what is going to occur in the immediate future. Preservation of an Israeli remnant will require the use of every peice of military equipment, nukes, tanks, missles and the arming of every loyal Israeli citizen. Most of the radical liberals amoungst you will join the ranks of those wanting to annhilate you. Trump will do everything he can to save you but the attacks will be fast and furious. America will come under attack by terrorists and left wingers who assisted obama in orchestrating your take down. They are in a state of shock now.

  • Ted Crawford

    “I will gather all nations and will bring them down into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and there will I deal with and execute judgment upon them for [their treatment of] My people and of My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations and [because] they have divided My land.” – Joel 3:2 AMPC

  • Peter Joffe

    What a waste of time! Obama will not admit that he is a Muslim and only Muslim goals are what he wants. Obama is finished and his ‘legacy’ of hatted against Israel has failed and so has he.

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