The Palestinian Authority, with US encouragement, delayed a vote in the United Nations on the Goldstone Report into war crimes allegedly committed during Operation Cast Lead, according to secret documents obtained by the Al-Jazeera news channel.

The station also claimed that PA President Mahmoud Abbas knew in advance of Israel’s intention to go to war.

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The latest revelations came on the fourth day of Al-Jazeera’s dramatic revelations.


“What the Palestine papers demonstrate is that, in the weeks preceding the vote, the US apparently urged the PA to stall the report as a means of restarting negotiations with Israel,” Al-Jazeera said, referring to the leaked documents.