JUST IN: Netanyahu Hears John Kerry’s Anti-Israel Speech, Shocks The WORLD With Stunning Announcement

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed John Kerry’s speech on the Israel-Palestin confict, calling lame-duck Secretary of State’s speech a “great disappointment that undermined the Jewish state.

The Israeli government and the outgoing Obama administration have long been at odds over Netanyahu’s strong support for more West Bank settlements and his vocal opposition to last year’s Iran nuclear deal. But the tension between the two came to a head last week when the U.S. allowed the passage of a United Nations resolution that was harshly critical of Israel’s settlement policy.

President-elect Donald Trump, a bipartisan group of congressional Republicans and Democrats, and Netanyahu had urged the U.S. to veto the resolution — to no avail.

Netanyahu scolded Kerry for spending more time criticizing Israeli settlement activity than condemning Palestinian acts of terror, accusing Kerry of being “skewed against Israel” in a speech of Netanyahu’s own.

Kerry’s rhetoric was “as unbalanced as the anti-Israel resolution passed last week,” Netanyahu proclaimed in a speech from Jerusalem, just over an hour after Kerry’s speech had ended.

“Secretary Kerry paid lip service to the unrelenting campaign of terror that has been waged by the Palestinians against the Jewish State,” he said. “Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders. Israel’s hand has been extended in peace to its neighbors from day one.”

Netanyahu accused President Obama of working with Palestinians secretly to undermine Israeli security, overturning decades of American foreign policy precedent in the process.

Kerry repudiated the prime minister’s during in a 70 minute speech earlier.

“The Israeli prime minister publicly supports a two-state solution, but his current coalition is the most right-wing in Israeli history with an agenda driven by the most extreme elements,” Kerry said..

He argued that the growth of Israeli settlements in the West Bank as a dire threat to Middle East peace, threatens to destroy the viability of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict noting that “friendships require mutual respect.”

“No one thinking seriously about peace can ignore the reality of the threat settlements pose to peace,” he said. “Regrettably, some seem to believe that the U.S. friendship means the U.S. must accept any policy, regardless of our own interests, our own positions, our own words, our own principles — even after urging again and again that the policy must change,”

Attempting to defend the Obama administration’s decision to let an anti-Israel resolution pass at the UN Security Council last week, Kerry went on to claim the Obama administration has been “Israel’s greatest friend and supporter.”

“No American administration has done more for Israel’s security than Barack Obama’s … Time and again, we have demonstrated that we have Israel’s back,” he said.

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President-elect Donald Trump gave Netanyahu reassurance that relations between Israel and the U.S. will improve under his administration’s foreign policy.

“They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but not anymore,” he wrote. “The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!”

Netanyahu again looked past the Obama administration and addressed Trump during his remarks.

“Israel looks forward to working with President-elect Trump and with the American Congress – Democrats and Republicans alike – to mitigate the damage this resolution has done and ultimately repeal it,” he said.


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