According to CNN, Secretary of State John Kerry will give a speech later this week on the Obama administration’s vision for Middle East peace.
After the relationship between the US and Israel strains following the Obama administration’s decision to abstain on Friday from a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Kerry said at the time that, “In the coming days, I will speak further to the vote in the Security Council today and share more detailed thoughts, drawn from the experience of the last several years, on the way ahead.”
However, in less than a month, Kerry will leave the State Department and the Donald Trump administration will take over.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched an attack on the Obama administration after its refusal to veto the UN Security Council resolution.
According to CNN, US Ambassador Daniel Shapiro being summoned due to the United States decision to not vote on the resolution, which allowed it to pass. Some suggest that they should have vetoed it, as the US usually does with resolutions it sees as overly critical of Israel.
In an interview with Israeli Channel 2 television Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes stated: “What Secretary Kerry will be doing is he will give a speech in which he lays out a comprehensive vision for how we see the conflict being resolved — where we see things in 2016 as we unfortunately conclude our term in office without there being significant progress toward peace.”