Former Secretary of State and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry apparently conducted a secret meeting with Palestinian leaders—and urged them not to work with President Donald Trump.
According to Israeli news outlet, Maariv, Kerry met with Hussein Agha, one of the closest associates of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Agha later conveyed the details of the meeting to other Palestinian leaders.
According to the conversation, Kerry told Agha to tell Abbas to “hold on and be strong,” and that the Palestinians should “stay strong in his spirit and play for time, that he will not break and will not yield to President Trump’s demands.”
Kerry apparently also claimed that he didn’t think Trump would be in office for longer than another year. He encouraged Palestinians not to attack the United States, but rather to concentrate on “personal attacks on Trump himself.” Kerry himself used “highly derogatory terms” against the President, as well.
Kerry also told Agha that Abbas should release his own peace plan for the Palestinians and promised to use his contacts and clout to get support for the plan.
A former Secretary of State meeting with an adversary of the United States and urge them not to work with the current Administration, is startling—and could be illegal under the Logan Act, which bans private citizens from conducting official business with foreign agents.
A peaceful solution to the Israel-Palestine crisis would be a major achievement for the Trump Administration—and one that, apparently, Kerry wants for himself: he also told Agha that he was seriously considering mounting another run for president in 2020.