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Kerry denies allegations that State Department colluded on UN anti-Israel vote

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Secretary of State John Kerry (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

Secretary of State John Kerry and the State Department denied the accuracy of leaked documents showing that the Obama administration orchestrated the United Nations vote that led to a condemnation of Israeli settlement building in the West Bank.

U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334 was voted on last week and declared Israeli settlement building in Palestinian-occupied areas of Jerusalem illegal. The U.S. had the opportunity to veto the resolution as they repeatedly have in the past but chose to abstain and allow it to pass. From The Hill:

The document, published by Egyptian outlet Al-Youm Al-Sabaa and reported by Israeli newspaper Haaretz, purportedly shows that Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with a Palestinian delegation 10 days before Friday's U.N. Security Council vote.

The document, according to Haaretz, shows that Kerry and Rice said the U.S. would abstain from the vote if the resolution was balanced. The State Department denied the contents of the documents to Haaretz.

At a speech Wednesday morning, Kerry called the abstention an effort by the U.S. to preserve the two-state solution in the region as a method of brokering peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted the U.S. initiated the resolution and has begun curbing ties with nations that voted for its passage.

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