Two top Obama administration officials met with Palestinian leaders to plan the move.
Egyptian media Tuesday[12-27-16] evening published evidence that the U.N. Security Council resolution against Israel was cooked up in a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and two top Palestinian Authority officials.
Egyptian media published the secret protocol of the meeting between the two Obama administration officials and the two PA officials that took place in Washington on Dec. 15, 2016.
The report said the protocol was iron-clad evidence that the procedure that led to the ambush against Israel in the Security Council on Friday was coordinated between Kerry, Rice, PA Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat and Ryad Mansour, the PA envoy to the United Nations.
The resolution, which falsely claimed that the so-called Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria are illegal, passed by a 14-0 vote with the U.S. abstaining.
Earlier this week the Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, told CNN that the Israeli government was in possession of evidence that showed the Obama administration had orchestrated the anti-Israel resolution.
Dermer said the Israeli government would pass on the information to the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump but refused to disclose more details.
The Egyptians apparently didn’t want to wait, and published the secret protocol of the meeting .
According to the report, Kerry and Rice told the two PA officials that the Obama administration was ready to cooperate with a Palestinian action at the Security Council on condition that the resolution would be “balanced.”
The two Obama administration officials openly expressed their disgust with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s alleged attempt to kill the so-called two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Kerry then reportedly suggested to Erekat that the PA could bring up ideas to set the parameters for a forced permanent solution to the conflict and discuss them with the Saudi government, but Rice opposed the idea.
She said the Trump administration would immediately reject such a solution.
“The Trump administration is dangerous,” Rice reportedly said, adding that “Trump’s opinions about Israel and the Palestinians would be different from all previous administrations.”
The four officials then discussed Trump’s intention to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Rice asked Erekat what the PA reaction to such a move would be and Erekat responded by saying the Palestine Liberation Organization would withdraw its official recognition of Israel and would dismantle the Palestinian Authority.
Erekat also said the PA could request Arab states to expel their U.S. ambassadors.
Rice reportedly expressed her concerns about these measures and then conveyed her appreciation for Erekat.
Kerry and Rice advised the Palestinian Authority not to take steps that would provoke the Trump administration such as dismantling the PA or suing Israel at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
They also urged the PA officials not to resume suicide attacks against Israel because that would “harm the Palestinian cause.”
At the end of the meeting, the report said, they requested that the content of the discussion remain secret because of the sensitivity of the matter during the transition period in the U.S.
Several observers believe that the Egyptians published the protocol to express their frustration with the attitudes of the Obama administration in orchestrating the move behind the back of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi.
Israeli concerns are that John Kerry might push for new parameters for the solution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict during the upcoming peace conference in Paris on Jan. 15, 2017 and that the conference could result in another U.N. Security Council resolution against Israel before Trump is sworn in Jan. 20, 2017.