US president-elect Donald Trump commented on US Secretary of State John Kerry's Middle East speech on Middle East peace late on Wednesday, saying that it "speaks for itself."
Speaking to press outside of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Trump said that he and Kerry "have different views." Later on during the conference, the president-elect said that "Israel has been treated very, very unfairly by a lot of different people." He criticized the UN for its harsh stance on Israel, charging that the body had meanwhile failed to reprimand "horrible places that treat people horribly."
"There's something going on and it's very unfair to Israel," he added.
Kerry's speech on Wednesday was billed by US officials as a comprehensive vision for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Much of his speech focused on Israel's settlement activity in the West Bank and in east Jerusalem, which he characterized as creating an "irreversible one-state reality."Donald Trump responds to John Kerry Middle East speech
Trump's also addressed Israel prior to Kerry's speech, writing on Twitter: "[Israel] used to have a great friend in the U.S., but... not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)!"
He also criticized the White House for its treatment of Israel over the course of the last eight years.
“We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect,” the president-elect tweeted, noting both Resolution 2334 as well as the Obama administration’s role in brokering an international nuclear deal with Iran.
“Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!”
Kerry, at the end of his speech Wednesday, acknowledged that the incoming administration has indicated it would work to reverse decades of bipartisan US policy opposed to Israel’s settlement enterprise.
Michael Wilner and Daniel J. Roth contributed to this report.
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