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.

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.

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