White House denies report Kerry discussed UN Israel measure with Palestinian official

White House denies report Kerry discussed UN Israel measure with Palestinian official
Obama preaches self-sacrificing globalism at the UN, Sep 2016. (Image: Screen grab of CSPAN video)

The White House vehemently denied a report Wednesday morning claiming Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice discussed the controversial U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements with a top Palestinian official days before Friday’s Security Council vote.

An Egyptian news site first published what it claimed to be details of the meeting with Palestinian official Saeb Erekat and others. According to multiple accounts in Israeli media, the documents show the U.S. officials discussing the draft resolution with the delegation and agreeing to cooperate.

Ned Price, spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, denied the claims in an early-morning tweet. He called the reports a “fabrication” and said the “meeting never occurred.”

The State Department’s own website reflects that Kerry was scheduled for a meeting with Erekat at the State Department on Dec. 12, around the time of the reported discussions. The official website, however, offers no details on what was discussed.

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