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‘Trump Administration could offer bilateral deal to India’

Arguing that the President-elect does not believe in multilateral trade deals and is against them, the
sources said his administration is interested in a bilateral trade deal with India that could be a “win-
win situation” for the two countries, the two sources said.

However, the offer of first such trade deal could go to the United Kingdom, a close ally of
America. Once that is finalized, the Trump Administration is expected to engage India on a similar
bilateral trade deal offer, they said.

The development comes hours before Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.

“I think the President’s message on trade has been fairly clear. He is going to fight for American
workers and American manufacturing. And that’s going to be the number one thing that guides him
going forward,” incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.

“He (Trump) has talked about bilateral deals, but he’s going to make sure that every deal he cuts,
just like he did in business puts American workers and American manufacturing, American
services, America first,” he said in response to a question on China.

India did not figure on his remarks on trade related question.

“So whether it’s China or any other country, that’s going to be the priority. But with respect to
China alone, it’s a huge market place for American workers and small businesses.

You look at the commitment that Ali Baba made the other day when they met with him, talking
about increasing access to small businesses,” Spicer said.

He said it is important that individuals who might have a craft or a product that they’re working at
home or maybe it’s just a small business, have the opportunity to access those market places that at
one point might be too far for them to reach, but might get avaulable through the.

Trump is going to continue to fight whether it’s the Chinese market or other places around the
globe for market access, he added.
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Barack Obama Granted Clemency To 273 Prisoners In A Single Day

After spending over six years behind bars for releasing confidential information to WikiLeaks,
Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence was commuted yesterday by President Barack Obama. The
young transgender woman, doomed to spend the next 29 years in a men’s prison, will thankfully be
freed six months from now.

But Chelsea Manning was not the only one to benefit from a reduced sentence. Along with her,
nearly 209 other prisoners were granted commutation yesterday by the President.

In addition, 64 people who had already served their sentences received presidential pardon, which
means that some of the liberties that had been taken away from them will now be restored. In total,
273 individuals benefited from the President’s clemency, just a few days before the end of his term.

Among the individuals who were pardoned was James Cartwright, retired Marine Corps general
and former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was accused of lying to the FBI
regarding a computer virus that paralyzed Iran’s nuclear program in 2010.

A history of clemency

It’s official. Barack Obama has granted more commutations than any President in United States
history, as we can see in the graphic below, which was updated by the White House last night. A
total of 1,385 people have received commuted sentences, 504 of which were condemned to prison
for life.

The commutations are a few final beacons of hope before Donald Trump’s presidency begins. The
businessman and reality TV star is already considered to be the most hated President ever to enter
the White House.
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Trump condemns Russian military campaign in Syria and says Putin’s nuclear arsenal
should be reduced

Just one day after suggesting he may lift sanctions on Russia for US election-related hacking,
Donald Trump has condemned Russia’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.

In an interview published in The Times with the UK’s former justice secretary Michael Gove, the
President-elect blamed US President Barack Obama for not intervening further to prevent
President Assad and Vladimir Putin carrying out attacks in Aleppo.

According to Mr Gove, Mr Trump was “unequivocal” in his condemnation of Mr Putin over his
role in the conflict, despite reiterating his desire to improve the US’s relations with Russia.

Mr Trump said: “It’s a very bad thing, we had a chance to do something when we had the line in
the sand and . . . nothing happened. That was the only time. And now, it’s sort of very late. It’s too
late . . . But Aleppo was nasty.

He added: “I mean when you see them shooting old ladies walking out of town — they can’t even
walk and they’re shooting ’em — it almost looks like they’re shooting ’em for sport — ah no, that’
s . . . a terrible situation.”

In the interview, Mr Trump also said he would be willing to review Russia’s sanctions if Mr Putin
reduced Russia’s nuclear arsenal.

He said: “They have sanctions on Russia — let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia.
For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s
part of it. But Russia’s hurting very badly right now because of sanctions, but I think something can
happen that a lot of people are gonna benefit.”

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Trump: I'll have 'hacking defense' report in 90 days

First he blasted the US government for having "the worst" cybersecurity. Then President-elect
Donald Trump vowed to do something about it.

In his first press conference since July, when he suggested that Russia should try to uncover Hillary
Clinton's missing emails, Trump promised a "major report on hacking defense" within the next 90
days.

He's given that mission to Rep. Mike Pompeo and Sen. Dan Coats, his picks for CIA director and
National Intelligence director, respectively. Trump said the report would cover Russian hacking
during the US presidential election, along with US cybersecurity flaws generally.

"How do we stop this fairly new phenomenon? Because the US is hacked by everybody," Trump
said during his press conference Wednesday. "That includes Russia and China and...everybody."

On Friday, US intelligence agencies said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered "unprecedented"
hacking attacks and propaganda campaigns leading up to the 2016 elections.

The charges of election meddling represent the latest twist in the sometimes surreal saga that's
played out since the middle of last year, a tale that's been equal parts mystery and mudslinging,
internet technology and international intrigue. A wild card through the whole thing: the Julian
Assange-led WikiLeaks organization, which published documents purporting to show the inner
workings of the Democratic National Committee.

That saga has unfolded against the backdrop of more widespread hacking that's exposed the
personal information of private citizens, the revealing photographs of Hollywood celebrities and the
trade secrets of businesses large and small.

The president-elect didn't offer any specifics on how he'll tackle the vulnerabilities, but he had harsh
words for those who have been in charge.

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First he blasted the US government for having "the worst" cybersecurity. Then President-elect
Donald Trump vowed to do something about it.

In his first press conference since July, when he suggested that Russia should try to uncover Hillary
Clinton's missing emails, Trump promised a "major report on hacking defense" within the next 90
days.

He's given that mission to Rep. Mike Pompeo and Sen. Dan Coats, his picks for CIA director and
National Intelligence director, respectively. Trump said the report would cover Russian hacking
during the US presidential election, along with US cybersecurity flaws generally.

"How do we stop this fairly new phenomenon? Because the US is hacked by everybody," Trump
said during his press conference Wednesday. "That includes Russia and China and...everybody."

On Friday, US intelligence agencies said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered "unprecedented"
hacking attacks and propaganda campaigns leading up to the 2016 elections.

The charges of election meddling represent the latest twist in the sometimes surreal saga that's
played out since the middle of last year, a tale that's been equal parts mystery and mudslinging,
internet technology and international intrigue. A wild card through the whole thing: the Julian
Assange-led WikiLeaks organization, which published documents purporting to show the inner
workings of the Democratic National Committee.

That saga has unfolded against the backdrop of more widespread hacking that's exposed the
personal information of private citizens, the revealing photographs of Hollywood celebrities and the
trade secrets of businesses large and small.

The president-elect didn't offer any specifics on how he'll tackle the vulnerabilities, but he had harsh
words for those who have been in charge.

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Turkey hopes Trump will stop backing Syrian Kurdish YPG - defence min

Turkey hopes the incoming U.S. administration under President-elect Donald Trump will "correct
the mistake" of allying with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in the fight against Islamic State,
Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Thursday.

Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the PKK militant group, which has waged a three-
decade insurgency in Turkey and is considered a terrorist organisation by Ankara, the United
States and the European Union.

Isik was speaking at a conference of Turkish ambassadors in the capital Ankara.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The defeat of ISIS will be the new US administration’s priority in the
Middle East and their strategy includes reaffirming America’s alliance with Syrian Kurds, said
President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for the position of top diplomat, who advocated
reengagement with Turkey at the same time.

“Defeating ISIS must be our foremost priority in the Middle East,” said Rex Tillerson on
Wednesday at the senate confirmation hearing assessing his nomination to the post of Secretary of
State.

He described Syrian Kurds as “our greatest allies” and said the US must “recommit to the Syrian
Kurds that we intend to continue to support you with the capability to continue the advance on
Raqqa and then build coalition forces that can contain ISIS if it attempts to move into other parts of
the country.”

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) are the largest force in the diverse coalition Syrian
Democratic Forces (SDF) who are the US’ key allies on the ground in northern Syria and are
fighting to rout ISIS from their self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa.

The US is supporting the SDF with air power, advice, and training. They are also providing military
equipment to the Syrian Arab Coalition, another of the forces fighting under the SDF flag.

Tillerson’s comments on the Kurdish forces came in response to a question from the Republican
Senator for Wyoming, John Barrasso, who asked how Tillerson envisioned restoring America’s
position in the world, since, he claimed, it is not as respected internationally as previously.

The presumptive secretary of state said the US has to reengage with friends and allies, fulfilling any
existing commitments and agreements that are already in place.  “It means projecting the strength of
our US military might, but hopefully not having to use it,” he added.

The US has repeatedly stood by its Kurdish and SDF allies, despite strong objections from fellow
NATO member Turkey, who has labelled the YPG, and therefore the SDF, a terrorist organization
with links to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The SDF issued a statement on Tuesday stressing that they are a Syrian force and have no ties with
the PKK. “We are a Kurdish, Arabic, Turkmen and Assyrian force from Syria under the banner of
the Syrian Democratic Forces. We affirm that we are not part of the Kurdistan Workers Party
(PKK) as claimed by some regional countries,” reads the statement released by the SDF on social
media.

The US military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) tweeted the SDF’s statement, quickly
attracting the ire of Turkey. “Is this a joke or @CENTCOM has lost their senses?” asked Ibrahim
Kalin, Turkey’s presidential spokesperson on Twitter.

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Donald Trump appoints Jared Kushner as senior advisor: Democrats raise anti-nepotism
law

New York: Hours after US President-elect Donald Trump confirmed that he will appoint his son-in-
law Jared Kushner as senior advisor to the president, the Democrats on Tuesday expressed their
concern over the incoming White House appointment.

Leaders on the House Judiciary Committee wrote a letter calling on the Department of Justice and
Office of Government Ethics to look into anti-nepotism laws that might limit what Kushner can and
cannot do.

Kushner is married to Trump's older daughter Ivanka Trump and was expected not to take a salary
for the post (as communicated by Trump in an official statement), New York Times reported.

The Democrats also asked for a further review of Kushner's potential financial conflicts of interest.

In the letter addressed to the outgoing US Attorney General Loretta E Lynch, they also asserted
that having information, knowledge or influence over the White House's policies might benefit his
business holdings .

"For example, it has been reported that he will meet with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan this
(Tuesday) evening to discuss tax policy," the letter read.

The Democrats said that this "raises the appearance that he may be using his public office for
private gain - namely adopting tax changes which will benefit Kushner and his family".

Earlier Efe news reported that Trump released a statement on Monday that said Kushner would be
an "invaluable member of my team as I set and execute an ambitious agenda".

According to his statement, Kushner would work closely with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and
White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, forming a trio.

Trump also said that this trio would be an effective leadership team.

It also emphasised the role Kushner had played in the election campaign that culminated in Trump's
8 November win.

Kushner, an Orthodox Jewish real estate businessman, would have to divest himself from his
business activities to take on the government post.

Kushner, who would turn 36 on Tuesday, is the CEO of a company focusing on New York and
New Jersey real estate investments and since 2007 he has closed deals worth some $13 billion,
according to data from the firm.
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Donald Trump acknowledges Russia role in US election hacking: Aide

President-elect Donald Trump accepts the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia
engaged in cyber attacks during the U.S. presidential election and may take action in response, his
incoming chief of staff said on Sunday.

Reince Priebus said Trump believed Russia was behind the intrusions into the Democratic Party
organizations, although Priebus did not clarify whether the president-elect agreed that the hacks
were directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"He accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russia, so that's not the issue," Priebus
said on "Fox News Sunday."

It was the first acknowledgment from a senior member of the Republican president-elect's team
that Trump had accepted that Russia directed the hacking and subsequent disclosure of Democratic
emails during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump had rebuffed allegations that Russia was behind the hacks or was trying to help him win,
saying the intrusions could have been carried out by China or a 400-pound hacker on his bed.

With less than two weeks until his Jan. 20 inauguration, Trump has come under increasing pressure
from fellow Republicans to accept intelligence community findings on Russian hacking and other
attempts by Moscow to influence the Nov. 8 election. A crucial test of Republican support for
Trump comes this week with the first confirmation hearings for his Cabinet picks.

A U.S. intelligence report last week said Putin directed a sophisticated influence campaign including
cyber attacks to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and support Trump.

The report, commissioned by Democratic President Barack Obama in December, concluded vote
tallies were not affected by Russian interference, but did not assess whether it influenced the
outcome of the vote in other ways.

'ACTION MAY BE TAKEN'

After receiving a briefing on Friday from leaders of the U.S. intelligence agencies, Trump did not
refer specifically to Russia's role in the presidential campaign.

In a statement, he acknowledged that "Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people
are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions,
businesses and organizations including the Democrat(ic) National Committee."

Trump spokesman Sean Spicer told Reuters the president-elect's conclusions remained the same
and that Priebus' comments were in line with Friday's statement.

Priebus’ wording did not appear to foreshadow the dramatic reversal of Trump’s apparent Russia
policy that experts say would be required to deter further cyber attacks.

“It will take a lot more than what we heard on television today to make Putin cool it,” the expert
added. “In fact, there may not be anything that can deter Putin from pursuing a course he’s bet his
future and Russia’s on,” said a U.S. intelligence expert on Russia, speaking on condition of
anonymity to discuss domestic political positions.


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Raheel Sharif appointed chief of Islamic military alliance

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday confirmed that former army chief General Raheel Sharif (retd)
was made the chief of the 39-nation Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism.

Speaking during a talk show on Geo TV, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif admitted that an
agreement in this regard was finalised a few days back. However, the defence minister said he did
not have much information at the moment about the agreement.

The defence minister said that any such assignment or posting requires proper clearance from both
the government and General Headquarters and confirmed that due process was followed before
finalising the agreement.

"This thing was in the pipeline for quite some time and the prime minister was also part of the
deliberations," Asif said.

He was of the opinion that the formation of such an alliance was a good step as the "Muslim
Ummah is in a spot of bother right now and needs unity among its ranks".

Pakistan had initially found itself in the crosshairs of Middle Eastern politics as Saudi Arabia named
it as part of its newly formed military alliance of Muslim countries meant to combat terrorism,
without first getting its consent.
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16 Saudi soldiers and mercenaries killed by Yemeni forces

Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have shot dead three
Saudi troops in the kingdom’s southwestern province of Jizan and killed over a dozen mercenaries
inside Yemen amid Riyadh’s relentless aerial aggression against its beleaguered southern neighbor,
Press TV reported.

Yemeni snipers managed to gun down a Saudi soldier in al-Mazraq area and two others in Tabat al-
Hamrah hill in Jizan on Friday, Yemen's al-Masirah television reported.

The Yemeni forces also foiled infiltration attempts by Saudi mercenaries in three fronts near the city
of Ta'izz, the capital of a southwestern province with the same name, killing at least 10 mercenaries
and inflicting injuries on several others, the report continued.
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Trump Continues to Question U.S. Intelligence on Russian Hacking

President-elect Donald Trump knows 'things that other people don’t know' about Russian hacking
and claimed he will reveal more this week.

If Russian hackers are fiddling around with America’s electricity grid, then that would be extremely
alarming. It is also what was reported by the Washington Post on the heels of the Obama
Administration announcing sanctions against Russia for interfering in a US election.

The original headline read, “Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in
Vermont, U.S. officials say.” The Washington Post reported, “A code associated with the Russian
hacking operation dubbed Grizzly Steppe by the Obama administration has been detected within
the system of a Vermont utility, according to U.S. officials.”

The article went on to cite unnamed national security officials, including one who said that although
“Russians did not actively use the code to disrupt operations of the utility,” the “penetration of the
nation’s electrical grid is significant because it represents a potentially serious vulnerability.”

So purportedly hacking the election (pdf) wasn’t enough and the Russians are hacking our grid
now? News agencies citing anonymous national security officials as sources is common and it’s no
secret that US infrastructure has been horribly vulnerable for years. The news created a frenzy, with
numerous politicians pinging in with dire warnings.

That might be expected, except that the article was incorrect. So incorrect that not even two hours
later, the Burlington Electric Department issued a formal statement which included: “We detected
the malware in a single Burlington Electric Department laptop not connected to our organization’s
grid systems.”
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India's bid to ban Masood Azhar is 'politically motivated' claims Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan said India's bid at the UN to ban Masood Azhar was "politically motivated"
and "replete with frivolous information", two days after its close ally China blocked the proposal to
get the JeM chief and Pathankot attack mastermind listed as a global terrorist.

Responding to reports on India failing to put Azhar on the United Nations Security Council's 1267
Sanctions Committee, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said, "The 1267 Sanctions
Committee related to Islamic State/Al-Qaeda has rejected a politically motivated proposal by
India. Replete with frivolous information and baseless allegations, the Indian proposal had no merit
and was primarily aimed at advancing its narrow national agenda.

"The dismissal of this proposal is also a rejection of the Indian attempts to politicise and undermine
the work of this important Committee of the Security Council," he said. "While claiming to
denounce terrorism, India has in fact deployed terrorism as an instrument of state policy, and has
itself been involved in perpetrating, sponsoring, supporting, and financing terrorism," Zakaria said in
a statement.

"The arrest of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a RAW agent and serving officer of Indian navy, and his
confession about involvement in terrorist activities aimed at destabilising Pakistan and killing or
maiming of Pakistani citizens, is yet another proof of Indian sponsored terrorism in Pakistan." "With
such duplicitous behaviour and blood on its hands", India has little credibility on counter-terrorism,
he claimed. The spokesperson said that in the coming days, Pakistan will share with the United
Nations and members of the international community "additional evidence of Indian involvement in
terrorism in Pakistan".

"It is clear that India's unfounded allegations against Pakistan are in fact aimed at masking its own
terrorist activities in Pakistan, as well as diverting the attention of the international community from
the grave violations of human rights and state sponsored terrorism perpetrated by the Indian
occupying forces in Kashmir," the statement said.

"Pakistan has made significant contribution and rendered enormous sacrifices in the success of the
international communitys counter-terrorism efforts. We are deeply committed to this common cause
and look forward to continuing close cooperation with the international community in this collective
endeavour," the statement said. China had blocked India's proposal to get Pakistan-based Azhar
listed as global terrorist by the UN, citing lack of "consensus" on the issue.

In last nine months, China has twice put technical hold on listing Azhar as designated terrorist that
would have forced imposition of asset freeze and travel ban on him by countries including Pakistan.
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Senator McCain says Russia must pay price for hacking

Republican U.S. Senator John McCain said on Friday that Russia must be made to pay the price
for cyber attacks on the United States and that it was possible to impose many sanctions, including
on financial institutions.

McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has scheduled a hearing for Thursday
on foreign cyber threats.

“When you attack a country, it’s an act of war,” McCain said in an interview with the Ukrainian TV
channel “1+1” while on a visit to Kiev.

“And so we have to make sure that there is a price to pay, so that we can perhaps persuade the
Russians to stop these kind of attacks on our very fundamentals of democracy.”

President-elect Donald Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday for refraining
from retaliation after the United States expelled 35 Russian diplomats.
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U.S. punishes Russia for hacking presidential campaign

HONOLULU — In a sweeping response to election hacking and other meddlesome behavior,
President Barack Obama on Thursday sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top
officials, kicked out 35 Russian officials and closed down two Russian-owned compounds in the U.
S. It was the strongest action the Obama administration has taken to date to retaliate for a
cyberattack.

“All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions,” Obama said. He added: “Such activities
have consequences.”

But President-elect Donald Trump said it was “time for our country to move on to bigger and
better things.” The Republican has refused to accept U.S. spy agencies’ determination that Russia
hacked to try to help his campaign, arguing Democrats are merely trying to delegitimize his election.

Yet in the face of newly public evidence, Trump suggested he was keeping an open mind.

“In the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence
community next week in order to be updated on the facts of this situation,” Trump said.

In a bid to expose Moscow’s cyber aggression, the U.S. also released a detailed report about
Russia’s hacking infrastructure that it said was designed to help computer specialists prevent more
hacking. And Obama said more action was coming.

“These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia’s aggressive activities,” Obama said
in a statement released while he was vacationing in Hawaii. The U.S. has previously left open the
possibility it could mount a retaliatory strike.

The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said the new sanctions were a sign of Obama’
s “unpredictable and, if I may say, aggressive foreign policy” and were aimed at undermining
President-elect Donald Trump.

“We think that such steps by a U.S. administration that has three weeks left to work are aimed at
two things: to further harm Russian-American ties, which are at a low point as it is, as well as,
obviously, to deal a blow to the foreign policy plans of the incoming administration of the president-
elect,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow.

Ahead of the announcement, Russia’s foreign ministry had threatened to retaliate against American
diplomats if the U.S. took action against Russian officials.

The White House has promised to release a report before Obama leaves office detailing Russia’s
cyber interference in U.S. elections, a move that could address Russia’s complaints that the U.S.
hasn’t shown proof of its involvement. But the U.S. moved forward with the response Thursday
even as the report has yet to be released.

Still, Obama administration officials said the list of entities Obama was sanctioning made clear who
exactly the U.S. believes was behind hacking of Democratic groups and the theft of emails from
Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.
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John Kerry Defends Two-State Solution, Rebukes Israeli Settlements

With his tenure as secretary of state rapidly pulling to a close, John Kerry made an impassioned
defense for a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Wednesday.

Kerry said he is concerned that some Israeli politicians are rejecting it.

"If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic; it cannot be both, and it won't
ever really be at peace," said Kerry.

Speaking at the State Department, Kerry sharply criticized the Israeli government's construction of
Jewish settlements in the West Bank. He said the policy was dimming the prospect of peace. In the
more than hourlong address, Kerry also defended the U.S.'s refusal to block a U.N. Security
Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements. The resolution led to fierce accusations that the
Obama administration had turned against Israel.

"Friends need to tell each other the hard truths, and friendships require mutual respect," Kerry said.

Kerry also shut down accusations that the U.S. had engineered the U.N. resolution — a claim by
Israel's leader, Benjamin Netanyahu.

In a speech shortly thereafter, the prime minister called Kerry's speech "a great disappointment."
He warned that Kerry's vision could cause "big, big damage" to his country and said that his speech
was "almost as unbalanced" as the United Nations resolution.

Kerry spearheaded talks to reach a peace between Israelis and Palestinians not long after taking
the helm of the State Department in 2013. As The New York Times notes in its write-up of the
speech:

"With his presidential hopes dashed after his loss to George W. Bush in the 2004 election, Mr.
Kerry saw his time as secretary of state as a chance to make a true change in the Middle East. In
three weeks, his near-constant travels around the world will end and his energetic diplomacy will
suddenly terminate. He has one major accomplishment under his belt — the Iran nuclear deal —
but he could not achieve his goals on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, or in the Syrian civil war."
As we've previously reported, peace talks fell apart.

Earlier, President-Elect Trump took to Twitter to offer his view.

"We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to
have a great friend in the U.S., but......." he tweeted Wednesday morning. "Not anymore. The
beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January
20th is fast approaching!"

His choice for U.S. ambassador to Israel, David M. Friedman, has called the two-state solution an
"illusion."
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