Former Secretary of State John Kerry is allegedly trying to hurt the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Kerry told the Palestinian Authority to not “yield to President Trump’s demands,”
He also told them that Trump will likely be out of office come 2019.
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Israeli news outlet Maariv reported on the apparent meeting between Kerry and Hussein Agha in London, where the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee also reportedly floated a possible encore bid in 2020.
But in the conversation, Kerry reportedly told Agha to share a message with Abbas – urging him to “hold on and be strong” during talks with the Trump administration and “play for time … [and] not yield to President Trump’s demands.”
Kerry, who served as former President Barack Obama’s secretary of state during his second term, also reportedly told Agha that Trump would not be in office for long, suggesting he could be out in a year.
According to the report, Kerry used derogatory terms when referring to Trump, and offered to help the Palestinians create an alternative peace initiative. He reportedly asked Abbas not to attack the U.S. or the Trump administration, but rather focus attacks on the president himself.
Kerry lost an election to George W. Bush in 2004, and was criticized as “Bush Light” for his neoconservative foreign policy views.