Justice Denied and the Colonel Larry Franklin Debacle

On June 30, Colonel Larry Franklin marked the fifth anniversary of his meeting with FBI agents, in which he first learned he was a suspect in what would later be known as “the AIPAC case,” referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Along with Franklin, two of the Washington lobby’s senior officials were charged with violating the seldom-used federal Espionage Act of 1917. Mustang gives us the details of what went wrong.

Justice Denied and the Larry Franklin Debacle

by Mustang

In late November 2020, Israeli journalist Caroline Glick wrote an opinion article for Newsweek that called for justice on behalf of former U. S. Air Force (Reserve) Colonel Lawrence A. Franklin.  Glick described Franklin as a brilliant, fearless intelligence officer who worked in the Department of Defense and whose efforts saved the lives of countless US service members.

Once Labeled An AIPAC Spy, Larry Franklin Tells His Story by the Forward


In 2003, Franklin worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Secretary’s expert on Iranian affairs.  Then-Secretary Donald Rumsfeld needed fresh (practical) intelligence on Iran concerning that country’s efforts to undermine US war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, its terror networks, and information on the Iranian nuclear weapons program.  Within the framework of Franklin’s duties, he was authorized to share intelligence information with US allies — more specifically, Israel — because no other country’s intelligence services know as much about what is going on in Iran as the Israelis.  Franklin had long-standing contacts with Israeli intelligence, including surrogates connected to the pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC.

Typically, the intelligence communities work on a quid pro quo basis: you give me something, I’ll give you something in return.  In return for information about Iran, Israel wanted to know what in the hell George W. Bush was up to.  As it happens, Bush’s policy toward Iran was a series of incomprehensible contradictions.  The State Department and CIA supported appeasing Iran, the White House (Dick Cheney), and some members of the National Security Council did not think it was possible to appease Iran.  What was needed, they believed, was a head-on confrontation with Iran.  President Bush mediated these two sides by opting for incoherence.

Franklin agreed with Cheney (and others) that a hardline approach was the correct position, and, concerned that Bush was insufficiently aware of Iran’s intentions relating to US involvement in Iraq, Franklin opened a discussion with AIPAC officials to have them communicate his concerns to their NSC friends, who in turn, would convey them to President Bush.  There was nothing particularly unusual in Franklin’s actions.

What Franklin did not realize at the time was that the policy disagreements in the Bush administration involved more than a mere dispute over a certain measure of distrust of Israeli intelligence information among some of the doves;  an FBI inquiry about Franklin’s contact with AIPAC officials soon followed.  Glick contends that these concerns by Bush administration doves were predicated on their inherent anti-Semitism.  Whether that argument has any merit is impossible to know.  One of the DIA investigators, however, according to Franklin, was known to have sympathies for the Hezbollah organization, which makes one wonder why an Islamicist would be working in the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Franklin willingly spoke with investigators to explain his actions.  He did not feel that he needed an attorney present during any of these interviews.  In any case, as the inquiry continued, Franklin realized that investigators seemed more interested in Jewish employees in the Pentagon than with any discussion Franklin had with his AIPAC contacts — that is until they informed Franklin that he was suspected of being a “closet Jew” and opened an espionage case against him.  Ultimately, the FBI charged Franklin with spying for Israel; he pled guilty to taking “classified information” home as homework and having an “unauthorized discussion” with members of AIPAC.  The case against the two AIPAC individuals was later dismissed, which reduced Franklin’s sentence from 12 years in prison to ten months of house arrest.

Franklin’s conviction, however, resulted in the loss of his civil service pension and his Air Force pension.  He now lives on the edge of poverty in West Virginia.  Despite his appeal to President Trump for a pardon, which would have restored his pension, the President denied his request.

It is difficult for me to imagine that someone like Franklin or Michael Flynn, mature, experienced officers and/or civil servants, would ever agree to an FBI/DIA/CIA interview without the presence of an attorney.  It is also unseemly that a 35-year veteran intelligence officer would have failed to cover his ass with a memorandum for the record governing his actions, with page initials by his immediate superiors.  That’s just nuts.

It also seems bizarre that President Trump could find it in his heart to pardon a Memphis cocaine dealer while refusing to entertain a pardon for someone like Franklin (although Franklin is white), who was only trying to serve his country.  Errors in judgment, most certainly … criminal or treasonous conduct, hardly … and the impact of his conviction, for being open and upfront with FBI investigators, has far exceeded his trivial misstep.  Who in their right mind would want to join the US military today, or become an intelligence officer/analyst with the Defense Department, or join the police force?

Today, Lawrence Franklin is an area expert writer for Gatestone Institute.  He writes almost exclusively about Sino-American relations.

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Israel opposition parties agree to form new “unity” government

Consequences?  Consequences?  We don’t need no stinking consequences!

by Mustang


There is one thing that (on the surface) mostly effects self-loathing Jews who run the Eastern seaboard corporations, all of Silicon Valley, and 92.4% of the American media outlets: Joe Biden intends to take over the government of Israel now that Netanyahu is no longer Israel’s prime minister.

 Mr. Netanyahu (his friends call him Bibi) has been in office for around twelve years now.  He’s one of those tightly focused Israeli leaders who radical Islamists know better than to piss off — mainly because no one knows what Netanyahu will do in response to Islamic attacks upon innocent women and children.  But now Israeli politicians representing several parties have decided that it is time for Netanyahu to retire. 

They formed a coalition strong enough to force Bibi from office.  Not because the Israeli economy is falling apart, but more likely because some other politician wants to become prime minister.  Politicians, as you may recall, are egotistical enough to sacrifice the nation’s welfare for their own advancement.  It’s the same no matter where you go.  So, in a nutshell, that’s the deal with Israel at the beginning of June 2021.


Biden, when he isn’t fondling little girls on national television (without objection from anyone in the communist media) is looking forward to reigning in those damn Israelis.  Now, honestly, I am at a loss to imagine why any American president thinks that they have a right to dictate to the Jews what they should or should not do in their own country … but Biden and the Democratic Party (up front about hating Jews and loving Islamists) are just plain giddy about Netanyahu having to step down. 

Two things to think about: If Obama/Biden hate Netanyahu so much, surely, he must be one of the “good guys.”  Secondly, if Biden treats Israel the same way he treated Ukraine — you know, to get his way about how things are done in Israel — how many Israelis will have to die at the hands of a re-motivated PLO?  How many US servicemen and women will be placed in greater danger during their middle eastern assignments because of Biden’s inept foreign policies?

David Cameron at the Knesset in Israel

Knessett in Israel


The new Israeli guy’s names are (and I’m not making this up) Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett.  Lapid and Bennett have put together a coalition calling itself (I’m not making this up, either) the Rainbow Coalition.  It’s enough to make one wonder if Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are honorary members, or if half the membership is sexually challenged.  I wasn’t aware the Israelis had a sexual confusion problem. 

The thing about coalition governments, of course, is that they all work just great until its members can’t agree on something.  When a cat fight breaks out, coalitions don’t do quite as well.  How likely is this to happen?  Well, the coalition invited the United Arab List party to join them.  Should work out okay, right?

 Mr. Lapid formerly served Netanyahu as finance minister; Bibi fired him in 2014.  Mr. Bennett was Bibi’s chief of staff and quit his post when he didn’t get what he wanted in terms of cabinet posts.  Well, one thing the coalition agrees on for now is that they are all not liking Bibi.  Left unanswered is whether they will enjoy the political sex with Joe Biden.  I mean when Joe isn’t having fantasy sex with adolescent girls.

 Meanwhile, en route to the United States (right now) is the Israeli Defense Minister who will ask the US Secretary of Defense (Lloyd Austin, who used to play Token on South Park) for one BILLION for American made interceptors.  Biden couldn’t be happier about this because of the Israelis want our stuff, they have to play ball according to our rules.  Biden’s head is right now the size of a watermelon (without any red stuff, of course).

So, for all you folks out there who voted for Biden, give your kids an extra hug when they leave for boot camp because you’ve likely seen them for the last time.  Also, you might want to call your bank and see if they’ll increase your credit line so that you can afford gas at the pump.

Many of us keep wondering about the consequences of voting for X as opposed to Y in America.  If American mothers are tired of burying their children in national cemeteries because presidents and their incompetent appointees keep getting us involved in stupid wars, why do American mothers overwhelmingly vote for Democrats?  Yes, it’s true that Republicans have gotten us involved in foreign wars, but that depends on whether one considers either of the Bush’s conservatives.  They may have been Republicans, but not the American-loving kind.

What else results from our usual dismal decision about whom to vote for?  Oh, right … significant increases in unemployment because oil workers have all been laid off — to save the planet, of course; increases in the consumer price indexes, decreases in disposable income due to tax hikes on such things as gasoline, and food shortages.  The list is exhaustive.


Yes … there are consequences.  Don’t the communist voters ever get tired of them?


Good job, America (rolls eyes).

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

John Kerry, Israel and his family ties to Iran UPDATE

How does Kerry keep getting recycled back into into the government? John Kerry, the U.S. special envoy for climate change, is facing calls for his resignation from Republican lawmakers and pundits for reportedly discussing Israeli military operations with Iran’s foreign minister when he served as then-President Obama’s secretary of State. Should we be surprised? UPDATE:


Iran orders probe into leaked audio of Zarif bemoaning military’s influence

Rouhani-ordered investigation seeks to identify who released ‘stolen’ three-hour recording that has sparked anger among country’s conservatives


“In the Islamic Republic the military field rules,” Zarif said in the audiotape, quoted by The New York Times. “I have sacrificed diplomacy for the military field rather than the field servicing diplomacy.”

Back to the post:

First, let’t take a look at his Iranian connection in case we wonder why his concern about Iran.

Kerry’s daughter Vanessa is married to an Iranian national and physician. Who was best man at the ceremony? The son of Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Zarif was also and Kerry’s chief counterpart in the nuclear deal negotiations.

Kerry also said he was “strongly committed to resolving” the differences between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, “to the mutual benefit of both of our people.”


“But what if the regime simply decides to round up Nahed’s family members and torture them? Or sends its goons to visit them at home? Or exerts some form of more subtle pressure on them that gets no publicity, and then makes it known they want the United States to release Iranians jailed in the United States on terrorism charges or for attempting to procure weapons technology or military spare parts”?

Our patriot Kerry:

Kerry exposes Iranian family tie — and subjects family to blackmail

In a greeting to the Iranian people on the occasion of the traditional New Year (Nowruz) holiday last week, Secretary of State John Kerry exposed a secret that journalists and academics have been agonizing over for the past six weeks: the fact that his daughter has married an Iranian-American who has extensive family ties to Iran.

Since its inception, the FBI has vetted U.S. government officials involved in national security issues, and it generally won’t grant clearances to individuals who are married to nationals of an enemy nation or have family members living in that country, for fear of divided loyalties or, more simply, blackmail.

Kerry has repeatedly appeared with groups such as the American Iranian Council (AIC), and has taken money from Iranian-Americans for his political campaigns, including at least one illegal donation from an Iranian woman who did not have a green card.

Among Sen. John Kerry’s top fund-raisers are three Iranian-Americans who have been pushing for dramatic changes in U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran.

So he didn’t need to have an Iranian-American family member to believe that the United States should forge direct relations with the Islamic Republic or ease U.S. pressure on the regime.

Read more: Daily Caller


United States Secretary of State John Kerry has controversially claimed that American Senators should ‘stop listening to the Israelis’ in respect to Iran’s nuclear program. Kerry made the incendiary remark during a behind-close-doors briefing he gave to the Senate Banking Committee, where he made an impassioned plea to the lawmakers to put a halt to proposed new sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

But of course nothing will happen. Just a little snafu for Kerry.

Republican blowback is running the gamut from calling for Kerry to leave his position as the top official addressing climate change to calling for an investigation and his prosecution. Biden administration officials are dismissing the allegations, saying the information Kerry allegedly shared was widely known at the time.

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) called for Kerry’s resignation in a floor speech, one of several senators to do so Monday.

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Let us not forget as well a post done in 2010. Lucky us, she is back again as well.

Iranian Born Valerie Jarrett Rises Again

Valerie Jarrett-Named Iranian of the Month

Obama’s closest aide is Shirazi

 Jarrett is a member of African-American and Chicago royalty. But her story and her life begin in the Middle East, not the Midwest. She was born in 1956 in Shiraz, Iran, Hospital, where Jarrett was born, and spent her early years. ”Every memory from Iran is a very happy memory,” Jarrett told me in an e-mail.  . Jarrett speaks Persian-Farsi and French.

“I had the honor of being in Shiraz and was student and later friend of Professor and Mrs Bowman (Valerie parent).
This Family is highly exceptional and Dr Bowman loves Iran and Shiraz and had been in touch with Shiraz ever since Valerie was in Shiraz and she is a brilliant and superb individual who belong to entire world”

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Poll: Majority of Republicans support Trump’s Syrian policy


A poll released Wednesday found that 57 percent of Republicans support President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria.

The statement of the year from Trump.

They have a problem at the border; it’s not our border,” the president said.

“If Syria wants to fight for their land, that’s up to Turkey and Syria,” he added. “Syria may have some help with Russia, and that’s fine. It’s a lot of sand. They’ve got a lot of sand over there. So there’s a lot of sand that they can play with.”

An Economist/YouGov survey shows 25 percent of Republican respondents said they strongly approve of pulling out troops, while 32 percent stated they somewhat approve of the move. Further, 26 percent of Republicans surveyed said they oppose the move and 18 percent said they do not hold an opinion on the matter. The poll surveyed 1,500 people between October 13th-15th and had a margin of error of plus or minus of 2.7 percentage points.

The survey’s results show Republican lawmakers who oppose the troop pullout – such as Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) – are at odds with the majority of GOP voters.

More at Breitbart

For an excellent history on the background of the Kurds check out an earlier post – a portion here:

The Kurds -The Dilemma and its Complicated History

In 2014, President Barack Obama brought the United States into the Kurd-Turk conflict by authorizing the transfer of arms and munitions to the Kurds.  He then (without congressional approval) complicated the matter further (in his opposition to Bashir Al-Assad) by involving the United States in a multi-layered war in Syria —one that involved not only Turkey and the Kurds, but Russia as well.

In effect, Obama’s intervention ended up benefitting both Syria and Russia.  Presidents Putin and Al-Assad must be having quite a laugh at our expense.  This was the mess left on Trump’s plate on his first day in the White House.


Have the Kurds been US allies against ISIS?  In a fashion, yes —but they were not fighting for American ideals; they were fighting ISIS for their own purposes —with US aid— provided to the Kurds because it served the United States’ interests to provide it.  We must remember, however, that according to US law, the PKK and YPG are designated foreign terrorist organizations.  Remember too that despite actions taken by the US government, private American citizens have been prosecuted (and convicted) for supporting these Kurdish organizations.

Other than that, all is well in the swamp.

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Talib’s Palestinian village one of the richest – Grandmother not deprived

To hear from Talib she came from some hell hole, leaving her Granny to fend for herself. But no surprise, most of these Marxist wonders hail from well-to-do families. Curious isn’t it that there is precious little reported on the history of these so-called “Squad” members and their lives?

Tliab at Islamic Society of North America

Looks like our gal Rashida Harbi Tlaib comes from the “right side of the tracks…

So much for the “give me your tired your poor.” Not our gal Rashida. Bet she knows how to use a garbage disposal. You betcha

Israel Hayom:

Even the World Bank said in 2014 that Tlaib’s village is one of the richest in the Palestinian Authority.

But she insists things are terrible there.

What is it really like to live in the Palestinian village Beit-Ur al-Fauqa, where Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother and other family members live? Are conditions there as bad as she has claimed?

Achiam Tlaib, for example, drives a brand new BMW. On his Facebook account, you can see that his family lives in a very comfortable three-story building.

Raja Tlaib shared on his Facebook account pictures of himself posing next to his new Mercedes, wearing an expensive suit. He also has pictures showing him working out in a gym that has the latest equipment.

Mawaid Tlaib uploaded pictures of his vacations in Italy and other places, and Anas Tlaib has a very expensive Mercedes.

Samach Tlaib drives a BMW and Niaf Tlaib drives a Corvette convertible and uploaded pictures posing next to his new home under construction, also with three stories.

Only a handful of villages have a lower poverty rate in the PA and employment in the village is also among the lowest in the PA. But perhaps the most important statistic is this: The rate of social mobility in Beit-Ur al-Fauqa is among the highest in the PA.

And of course, all the structures are privately owned. According to the report, almost every home has satellite TV, and most have LCD screens in their living rooms. Almost everyone in the village has access to the internet and a mobile phone. Half of the families own a car.

Other hints that life is not so bad:

The elderly matriarch of Tlaib’s clan sat beneath an olive tree in the garden of the family’s home in the village of Beit Ur Al-Fauqa.

They had planned to slaughter a sheep and the sity, Arabic for grandma, wanted to make Rashida Tlaib’s beloved stuffed grape leaves. 

Trump also took a particularly cheap personal shot at the Tlaib family, saying the grandmother, who has lived more than half her long life under Israeli military occupation, should be happy not to host her famous granddaughter, whom she has not seen since 2006.

So much for Israeli occupation.

From New York Daily News

Of course, other than that, all is well in the swamp.

Addendum and added, you guessed it.. a Soros lackey:

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib: ‘Israel exists to the detriment of Palestine’


Rep. Rashida Tlaib famed for the more appropriately called “hate America squad” made her rounds on Sunday with Jake Tapper on CNN. Even Tapper had to raise an eyebrow or two on her claim that “Israel exists to the detriment of Palestine.”

One can only wonder how these four women manage to suck up the air time. But of course they are a media sensation, and the media are the drivers of their fame less we forget. Without media attention they would be no more than four freshmen Reps like any others.

The Palestinian-American Congresswoman recently co-sponsored a resolution in the House with Rep. Ilhan Omar to support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

She and 17 other lawmakers voted against a House resolution to condemn BDS last week. She compared the BDS movement to the American boycott of Nazi Germany.

Exactly, we should remember the boycott. The American boycott came years late, after millions of Jews and other minorities were losing their freedoms of expression, loss of possessions, and ultimately their lives.


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Federal Investigation Into Al Jazeera Picks Up Steam After Spy Op on U.S. Jews


Oh yes here we have another example of the bullet we missed by electing one Donald J Trump as President of the USA. Am I the only one who remembers how Obama and Hillary were touting the importance of having this little number blasting into our homes and indoctrinating our youngins?

Just for the memory, I give you a clip of our Chardonnay gal and her opinion to follow as well as a few of my oldie moldies:

Congress is pushing forward with an effort to spark a federal investigation into the Al Jazeera, the Qatari-funded propaganda network that recently conducted a secret, months-long spy operation on American Jews in Washington, D.C., according to lawmakers and sources familiar with the effort.

A bipartisan team of lawmakers including Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and leading House members such as Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, petitioned the Department of Justice to open an investigation into Al Jazeera to determine if it should have to register as a foreign-controlled agent under U.S. law.

The Washington Free Beacon was first to report on this growing effort last month, when a bipartisan team of lawmakers and congressional officials began calling for an investigation after revelations Al Jazeera conducted a spy operation targeting American Jews on U.S. soil.

Read more at Free Beacon

Recall this? Obama urges cable companies to carry Al Jazeera Take a look at who all is behind this push. Oh, by the way meanwhile, Obama shuts off Voice of America to China. Go figure. That is right. They have our stash.  Here is our earlier story Obama shuts down voice of America to China

Russia thinks Clinton is right: America needs Al Jazerra

“Like it or hate it, it is really effective,” Clinton said. “In fact, viewership of Al-Jazeera is going up in the United States because it is real news. You may not agree with it, but you feel like you’re getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and, you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news that is not providing information to us, let alone foreigners.” Has she really watched it? I have…so much better than Fox News…

Al Jazeera America Pitches Cable – Plans To Become A “Voice Of The Voiceless”

The news channel backed by the government of Qatar plans to launch late August following its $500M acquisition of Al Gore’s Current TV.


Al-Awalaki Praises Al-Jazeera, Wikileaks and Media Jihad

In his latest message to the world, Al-Awlaki defends the journalists of one such “trustworthy” Muslim source, Al-Jazeera, and praises the Western media source WikiLeaks. The message, a six-minute video of his speech “A Message to the Members of the Media,” was released February 14, 2011 by the jihadi forum Shumukh Al-Islam.[4] In it, Al-Awlaki also accuses the U.S. and the West of using liberty and freedom of expression as a pretext to take over the world’s resources and treasures, and to oppress and deprive people of their rights. He said that whenever anyone tries to expose “the truth about the U.S. and its agents,”


Al Jazerra calls West’s action ‘A new crusade’ against ISIS’

Al Jazerra E-Mails show contempt for French murder victims


Communist China buying up our air waves.

Pervert Sheriff Israel, knocked up teen

All you need to need to know about sheriff Israel.

H/T and more at: Gateway Pundit

Why Samantha Power lighted the U.N. Israel firestorm

Samantha Power. One dangerous woman who voted the infamous abstention vote regarding Israel at the U.N. This is a reflection of Obama’s sentiments as well. Let us not forget. I have posted ad nauseam about how dangerous she is. If we want to know why the gasoline was just thrown on the fire in Israel, it was she who has been lighting the fire throughout the entire Middle East, especially Libya.

Three women who brought us the new long war in Libya, 2012 Bunkerville. For how Samantha Power, Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton broke the Middle East into a million pieces.

Commentary Magazine: (An excellent piece, well worth the full read on our gal)

 In a 2003 article for the New Republic, Power:  “The U.S,” she wrote, “came to be seen less as it sees itself (the cop protecting the world from rogue nations) than as the very runaway state international law needs to contain.”

Power wrote that America’s record in world affairs had been so harmful to the freedoms of people around the world that the United States could remedy the problem only through profound self-criticism and the wholesale adoption of new policies. Acknowledging that President Bush was correct in saying that “some America-bashers” hate the American people’s freedoms, Ms. Power stated that much anti-Americanism derives from the role that U.S. power “has played in denying such freedoms to others” and concluded:

U.S. foreign policy has to be rethought. It needs not tweaking but overhauling….Instituting a doctrine of mea culpa would enhance our credibility by showing that American decision-makers do not endorse the sins of their predecessors. When [then German Chancellor] Willie [sic] Brandt went down on one knee in the Warsaw ghetto, his gesture was gratifying to World War II survivors, but it was also ennobling and cathartic for Germany. Would such an approach be futile for the United States?

Who is Samantha Power, Irish Pro-Palestinian Activist (see also Ed Lasky, American Thinker) -a good piece on the danger to Israel.

In 2002 Samantha Power made a statement, calling for a U.S. military invasion of Israel. Full transcript available at the youtube site.

For more Obama Adviser Samantha Power on solving the Israel – Palestine Conflict 

One thing is clear: The sudden emergence of Obama’s National Security Council Advisor, Samantha Power, and the “new theory” she is using as justification for action in Libya, has very serious implications for future military action against Israel. As John Podhoretz explains in the New York Post, the “reason” behind the Libyan military strike is not the traditional justification of “protecting the national interest.” It is a “new” standard called “R2P” or “right to protect.” This concept is being promulgated by the “one-world” order activists at the United Nations, like Samantha Power.

Report: Kerry to lay out U.N. Israel peace plan, get approval, impose on Israel.UPDATE


Kerry to make Middle East peace speech on Wednesday – Israel News …

4 hours ago – US Secretary of State John Kerry will make remarks regarding Middle East peace on Wednesday and discuss next steps needed’

Israel doesn’t think that Obama is done with them yet nor do I. Kerry hovers in the background along with anti-Semite U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power. Is there another U.N. resolution in the works?

israel1TV reports: Netanyahu is wary that Kerry will set out parameters for permanent accord, then outgoing Obama administration will seek Security Council approval

Netanyahu’s fear is that Secretary of State John Kerry will set out principles or parameters for a Palestinian state in a speech that he has said he will deliver in the next few days on his Middle East vision. The prime minister fears that, in its final days, the Obama administration will seek to have a resolution enshrining those parameters adopted by the UN Security Council, the report said.

France is to hold a conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on January 15, and Netanyahu expects that Kerry will attend, that the Middle East Quartet — the US, UN, Russia and EU — will coordinate their positions at that summit, and that they will then turn to the Security Council in the very last days of the Obama presidency, a Channel 10 report further suggested.

Addressing the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Sunday, Netanyahu reiterated his staunch opposition to Resolution 2334.

“We have no doubt that the Obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated its versions and insisted upon its passage,” he said.

More at Times of Israel

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