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The curious timing behind John Kerry’s Middle East peace plan announcement




US Secretary of State John Kerry lays out his vision for peace between Israel and the Palestinians December 28, 2016, in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Department of State in Washington, DC.
US Secretary of State John Kerry lays out his vision for peace between Israel and the Palestinians December 28, 2016, in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Department of State in Washington, DC.
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Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday gave a speech outlining the Obama Administration’s plan for peace in the Middle East, just weeks before President-Elect Trump takes office.

Kerry's speech marked the latest escalation in a row between the U.S. and Israel over the U.S.’s abstention from voting on a U.N. Security Council resolution last week that called Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem a violation of international law.

The extraordinary display of discord between allies - with U.S. and Israeli officials openly disparaging each other - has also pitted President Barack Obama against President-elect Donald Trump, who has firmly taken Netanyahu's side.

What does the Obama administration hope to achieve with the speech?

With AP Files

Guest:

Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has written numerous books on the Middle East, including “The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace" (Bantam, 2008)