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resolution. president-elect trump sending out this tweet. we cannot continue to let israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. they 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. stay strong, israel, january 20th is fast approaching. january 20th will be inauguration day. nbc's kelly cobia following this. bring us up to speed. >> the war of words continues. regarding these settlements and so regarding this u.n. resolution, craig. just earlier today, the israeli security minister said this move by secretary kerry to speak about middle east peace at this particular time was a move to tie the hands of the incoming trump administration. why is he saying that?
well, because there's a conference scheduled for next month. a meeting of about 70 different countries. held in france. designed to jump start the mideast peace process. this u.n. resolution was seen -- earlier this week was seen as a starting point for that and the fear among the israeli government and some in the israeli government is that this meeting in france will continue that thread. there will be another u.n. resolution and the trump administration hand's will be tied as far as their own mideast peace or israeli policy. what is at the center of that? we've been hearing about this for the past few days. settlements. jewish settlements in predominantly palestinian areas and areas palestinians see as part of a future palestinian state. west bank and east jerusalem. now, earlier today, there was supposed to be a vote in jerusalem on approving more
settlements. there's a report that netanyahu, president netanyahu, said wait a minute, let's hold off on the vote now that kerry is speaking and not move too quickly and just in the past hour, craig, this commission, building commission, actually went forward and approved at least one of these settlements. a three-story building in a p predominantly palestinian neighborhood in east jerusalem. it's moves like this which sort of rub salt in the wounds of the palestinians. also, fire up netanyahu's base. and just add fuel to the fire. yet to be seen what will happen with the rest of the vote though. some 400 homes were supposed to be -- expected to be approved by that commission today. now that is on hold. the next move, the ball, as you would say, is in secretary kerry's court. everyone in israel sort of waiting to see what the
secretary of state will say, craig. >> all right, thank you. i'm joined by nbc's ron allen. ron there in washington for us. ron, president-elect trump really going after president obama again this morning via his favorite vehicle for communication, twitter. >> exactly, craig. interesting that the president-elect is saying the transition is not going smooth. that one stood out because at the white house we constantly hear from the obama administration how they are bending over backwards and doing everything possible to make this a smooth transition. even in the face of appointments to the new president-elect's cabinet, for example that seem be diametrically opposed to the policy positions the obama administration has taken. we know the loss by secretary clinton has been very tough on the administration. but clearly president-elect trump feels that he wants to engage, he wants to get involved
in this discussion about israel, about so many other things. that's why he is tweeting. we don't have a specific reaction from the white house about how they think the transition is going but they've been saying smooth, they're going to do everything they can to facilitate the new administration taking over, even though success, ironically, mean that many of president obama's policy prerogatives, things that he has pushed very hard for, to achieve in the past eight years, are likely to be threatened and possibly eliminated or overturned once president-elect trump takes office. craig. >> speaking of the war of words here, secretary spicer got into his own twitter fight after yesterday's bomb scare at trump tower. take a look at some of the chaotic moments first of all. all right, you know what, we don't have that. but it turned out, as you know, to be a bag of toys that sparked the alarm in trump tower. what do we know about what
happened after that? >> well, things went back to normal. you saw that crazy scene where people were evacuating trump tower. it's a very busy place in new york. interesting to see how that's going to unfold in the days and weeks ahead. you would assume and think that president-elect trump is going to relocate to washington at some point once the new year begins but that's not guaranteed. there's a lot of speculation he will spend time in new york so trump tower will continue to be the focus of attention. that scare as it was happened in a public area, as i understand it. it did not happen in the area that was secure. in other words, the people who were there have not gone through any kind of metal detector or anything. we're going to spend more time up there. so i wouldn't be surprised if something like this happened again. because, again, it's going to be the focus of a lot of attention for the years to come.
>> it has become quite the tourist destination here in new york city. ron allen for us in washington, thank you. i want to bring in congressman mo brooks, republican from alabama, also house foreign services and foreign affairs committee. thank you for your time this morning, sir. >> my pleasure and roll tide. >> you said that, not me. >> best start out right. >> yeah, for a couple of days in a row now that the president-elect, as you know, has really been sort of taking aim at president obama on twitter. why pick this fight? >> i don't thing it's going to continue. i don't pay much attention to it. to me you've always got personalities in politics. of course you've got on the obama administration side the distaste of having lost. the fear of the impact on the obama legacy. so there's some concern there. you know with donald trump, if
you come after him, he's going to come back any way he possibly can. i'm more concerned not with this back and forth we're seeing between those two gentlemen, i'm more concerned about the public policies we're going to see coming to the forefront on january 20th when president-elect donald trump is inaugurated. >> i'm sure you're aware senator lindsey graham from south carolina said yesterday, i believe it was yesterday, that the president-elect is completely out of step with the upper chamber with regard to his position on russia and the threat it poses to this country. is that the case with the lower chamber as well? >> well, i don't serve in the united states senate so i really can't address what lindsey graham may have said on the house side. i don't want to focus just on russia. i think it's important to focus on china, russia, india, iran, north korea, everywhere where you've got professional hackers
who do their utmost to try to undermine the security of our internet communications here in the united states of america. it might be the the technology that the chinese with wel renowned for having done. it might be your normal run of the mill criminal who taps into target or banks and tried to make a run on credit cards or other assets. or it might be trying to penetrate our national security and developing better weapon systems by copying what american taxpayers have paid for here in america. i believe we ought to use not just a target approach but a broad brush approach with respect to any country that fosters internet hacking, that causes damage to american citizens or to our country or our infrastructure. >> to be clear though, do you agree with the assessment of 16, 17 intelligence agencies who have provided evidence and information to lawmakers that russia has indeed been involved in hacking in this country,
extensive hacking? >> well, i don't think there's any question but that russia, china, india. you can name a bunch of countries that have individuals involved in hacking. so it's a big problem. i would very much appreciate if this administration would be much more aggressive than the obama administration has been in trying to protect the privacy we normally associate with the internet. >> to be clear, congressman, you're not in any way trying to downplay the involvement of russia either as a government or individuals acting with the government's approval? you're not trying to downplay their involvement in our elections? >> what i'm trying to do is up play it and make sure the country understand there's individuals out there taking advantage of a relatively weak prection system we have on the inrnet. there's an old sayinghat there
are two types of people that use the internet. one is the person who knows he's been hacked and two is the person who does not know he's been hacked. we need to be mindful what we think is private on the internet obviously is not so. i think what we saw with hillary clinton and the publicity surrounding that is a pretty good awakening. at least i hope it will be an awakening for all americans. >> john kerry's speech next hour at the state department, how do you see our relationship with israel changing under a president trump? >> it's going to improve. keeping in mind we also have a republican house and a republican senate. i believe that you've got strong majorities in both the house and the senate that are pro israel, and now you've got a white house that appears to be, come january 20th, pro israel. again, i'm going to have a caveat. it's one thing to have campaign speeches. it's another thing to have a transition effort. it's another thing to actually
be in office when your policies have meaning as opposed to right now a lot of this is trial balloons. come january 20th, we will see action. i'm looking forward to positive action that helps to restore and renew the strong relationship that america's enjoyed with israel other the decades. >> congressman, we'll leave it there, thank you for your time this morning, sir. >> thank you. we will have much, much more on that john kerry speech coming up. with 23 days to go until president-elect trump takes office, the question is does the speech even matter. and mourning carrie fisher. actress, writer, mental health advocate and role model for hundreds of thousands of young women. columnist michael munster talked to her many times over the years. . strong muscles, all in one. highly digestible,
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secretary of state john kerry will be speaking on what s been the stalled mideast peace process. just days after a u.s. abstention cleared the way for a u.n. security council resolution condemning israel's settlement policy on west bank and jerusalem. i want to bring in james jeffrey. he's a former u.s. ambassador to iraq, that was during the obama administration. he also served in the bush administration as well. george w. bush. mr. ambassador, good to see you sir, thanks for being with me. what are we likely to hear from the outgoing secretary of state
here next hour? >> we will hear almost nothing of substance. just a reiteration of what has been standing u.s. policy over the past 20 years. this speech is an exercise in ego, nothing more. what is significant is the u.n. vote because that represents a dramatic and problematic change in u.s. policy towards the israeli/palestinian problem. >> let's talk about that. because that continues to be a major point of contention. the white house insisting that this is not a sharp departure from previous policy. but many, including yourself, say it obviously is. explain how it is. >> certainly. there's no doubt that u.s. policy has long been that the israeli settlements in palestinian territories and in jerusalem are not helpful for the peace process. in various ways, we've indicated that in security council resolutions 1515, 1815, 1397,
over the years. but never have we supported a one-time resolution that condemn israel in the strongest of terms with a flagrant violation of international law and accuses what israel is doing as imperilling the peace process. this is strong language anag lus to what the security council said about saddam when he inv e invadinvad invaded kuwait in 1990. this is change in policy, to go to the u.n. this way, not to support israel, to turn our back on another ally after turkey, syria, opposition figures, egypt, saudi arabia, ukraine, the list goes on. it's just incomprehensible to many of us, including people like senator mitch whoell who wd for president obama. >> what prompted the change? >> i really don't know. it's hard to believe that we weren't consulted on this. that's issue of -- debate between israel and the united states. but if we didn't, if we weren't
trying to shape this thing, then that's even a bigger diplomatic mistake. when a government like the united states makes a major change in its foreign policy position, and that's what this was, you basically have to sell that. you get sometng from the other side. what did we get from the palestinians? we have them yelling about how they're going to take israel to one or another international court right now. that certainly is a step in the right direction. this is just incredible from many standpoints. >> prime minister manu has charged in no uncertain terms that the united states orchestrated the u.n. resolution friday. netanyahu saying, according to our information, we have no doubt the obama administration initiated it, stood behind it, coordinated the wording and demanded it be passed, referring to the resolution on friday. the white house has denied those allegations. as you know. what could motivate the prime
minister to have those charges? >> i don't have speck evidence on what the administration did or didn't do. he claims he has evidence. but here's the thing. in diplomatic practice, when you attend meetings and say nothing, you -- particularly if you live in the united states, the most powerful country in the world, you're shaping the dialogue. all u.n. resolutions on israel, look at the statement of our own ambassador, samantha power, as she attacked the u.n. in actually voting to abstain, are very, very anti-israeli. if. united states doesn't say that it will veto, and doesn't encourage changes this a resolution, it indirectly and subtlety is shaping that. that might be what prime minister netanyahu is talking about but we have to see more. >> ambassador, thank you for the insight. the tributes and memories of carrie fisher still being shared today. her colleague and friend, director steven spielberg,
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stunned stars and fans mourning the loss of a legend. actor carrie fisher died yesterday. she was just 60 years old. since the news broke, tributes have been pouring in as you might imagine. her "star wars" co-star mark hamill writing, it's never easy to lose such a vital irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright
heartbreaking. carrie was one of a kind who belonged to us all, whether she liked it or not. she was our princess. saying she was a comedian with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. i'm joined now by legendary columnist michael mustoe would got to know fisher over the years through several interviews. thanks so much for stopping by. she was quite the colorful personality, wasn't she? >> she was one of best interviews i ever did. she was born show biz royalty. her father dumped debbie reynolds for liz taylor, they were the original brangelina. she became not only a huge star but a brilliant commentator on show biz and her own personal foibles. people were soascinated with her troubles because, quot people are interested in the screwups of the rich and famous. >> you mentioned those troubles.
one of the things that's always struck me about her is that she was very honest about her demons and perhaps becoming an advocate before so many people started becoming advocates and entertainment she was talking about, her depression, her bouts with substance abuse. she wrote in her book wishful drinking, at times, being bipolar can be an all consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stama and even more courage, so if you're living with this illness and functioning at all, it's something to be proud of, not ashamed of. they should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication. what did she mean for the fight against stigma of mental illness in this country? >> nobody else was doing that. it was considered career not enhansing, let's put it that way. she was brave and she spun gold by writing brilliant books and essays about it.
approached it with a sense of humor. she humanized it and made it okay for other people to say, hey, carrie fisher's going through it and she's doing okay. >> what's your favorite memory of her? >> she gave me her panties during an interview. >> oh, i wasn't expecting that, michael. i wasn't expecting that. >> you asked the question. >> i did. >> it was a joke. she said, well, why don't you go to my book party as me, here, why don't you wear these, and i actually just stayed home and wore them. no, i'm kidding. that was an example her outrageous humor. shep was so endearing. never held back with a joke like that. >> michael musto, thank you so much. >> i'm wearing them now. >> michael musto, thank you so much. >> carrie would have loved the latches. >> latch laughs. >> she would have loved that story. going back to politics, donald trump adding more fuel to
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it comes in kerry's final three weeks in office and also in the wake of the united states abstaining from that u.n. resolution vote that demanded an end to the israeli settlements in the west bank and east jerusalem. secretary kerry also expected to argue against israel's charge that the united states orchestrated the united nations vote. turkey and russia have agreed on a cease-fire plan in syria that will take effect at midnight. all part of an effort by the two countries to broker a peace deal in syria's nearly six-year war between the syrian government and rebel groups. according to the report, unspecified terror organizations will be kept out of the scope of the agreement. and a state of emergency remains in place for a southeast michigan town. check this out. a massive sinkhole nearing the size of a football field has opened up there in the town. dozens of families have had to evacuate the area.
as audible pops and visible cracks signaled the sinkhole's expansion. the cause of that sinkhole still undetermined at this point. but authorities suspect a collapsed sewer line some 40 feet below ground may have triggered what we're seeing here. the fierce war of words now seeming to escalate between president-elect trump and president obama this morning. president obama yesterday taking a thinly veiled swipe at mr. trump while commemorating the attack on pearl harbor in hawaii with the prime minister of japan. >> when hatred burns hottest, even when the tug of tribalism is at its most primal, we must resist the urge to turn inward. we must resist the urge to demonize those who are different. >> mr. trump firing off this tweet about an hour ago. quote, doing my best to
disregard the many inflammatory president obama statements and roadblocks. thought it was going to be a smooth transition. not. i'm joined now by senior adviser spokesperson for moveon.org kareem john bier. co-founder of founder strategies rick tyler. good to see you both this morning. thanks for being with me. mr. trump firing off several tweets blasting president obama in the last 24 hours or so. how much longer do we expect this is going on? >> probably january 20th. now he's blaming obama for the transition not going very smoothly. i think all this should end. he's actually driving trump's relationship in my opinion toward putin. toward netanyahu. he wants a decisive change from the former policy of the obama
administration. >> you mentioned israel's prime minister netanyahu. he's also on the twitter this morning. he just posted this a few moments ago. president-elect trump thank you for your warm friendship and your clear-cut support for israel. you just called it, rick. it does appear as if the president-elect and prime minister netanyahu will at least start with a fantastic working relationship. >> it seems so. >> on the flip side, after the election, president obama said he was, quote, rooting for trump to succeed. we all heard that. it surprised a number of folks. we remember the cordial meeting at the white house last month. exchanging pleasantries there. now president-elect, president obama taking that thinly veiled swipe. he said he could have beat him, had he been allowed a third term. are we getting some mixed
messages from the outgoing president? >> i actually don't think so, craig. i think number one, with what the president said in pearl harbor yesterday, i think what he's doing is reminding donald trump that he has to bring the country together. we can't not have device inness right now in the state of where we are, especially with the national security kind of statement s twitter statements, that donald trump has been making over last several days. it's very much to the other part of it too, which is look, there are some signature policies out there that donald trump has that will divide the country if he moves forward with it. i think it's that reminder that obama is trying -- is trying to make with that. and, you know, to the point of, you know, donald trump tweeting about the smooth transition of power. i think every president wanted to have a smooth transition of power. we've heard both the obamas talk about how gracious george w. bush and laura bush were when
they were leaving office and the obamas were coming in and how they've been helpful to them these past eight years. and from what i'm seeing, obama is trying to be -- trying to make this as smooth as possible in spied of donald trump's twitter account. >> no reason to believe the transition is going to be affected by any of this, right? >> inner it er i terms of the p continuing to be as helpful as he says he is going to be. as helpful as george w. bush was to him. >> it looks like the president is being helpful because he's doing some things -- like the u.n. -- >> we don't know what the evidence is. >> but sourcing john kerry working with the palestinians on this u.n. resolution, which israel calls a stab in the back, because it moves them, as george mitchell pointed out this morning, away from the peace
process, not toward it. what's the point of all that, if barack obama's leaving office and it is clear that the incoming president-elect will have a decisively different posture toward israel, why -- >> it sounds like you have a working theory here. >> what do you mean? >> it sounds like you have an idea why the president might do that. why do you think the president would do something like that? it's unclear. it doesn't seem constructive. i think george mitchell was right. you may disagree with the policy or it doesn't matter what the policy is in regards to settlements. it is moving the process further away. barack obama has not done a lot in the middle east in terms of israel or a two-state solution or any solution toward peace. he seemed to have walked away from that. i haven't seen what john kerry has said -- >> well, it should be noted, you know, 20 secretary kerry did make what many thought was a legitimate attempt at -- >> he seemed to be rained in.
i'll be interested to see what kerry will say. it almost looks as three he's going to say what could have been for the administration had he been allowed to proceed. >> carine, beyond israel, beyond the two-state solution that has evaded for decades now, beyond that, obamacare, climate change, how real is the worry that a president donald trump is going to be able to undo a lot of what president obama did? >> i think there is a true worry that that's what donald trump ran on for the past 18 months of the campaign. i do want to say this, craig. president obama is going to be president until january 20th. every president tries to do things to secure their own legacy. what donald trump is doing is
going against the tradition. most president-elects try to stay away from counterattacking to the president that's currently in office. right now we are already in unprecedented times with the trump presidency. so when we talk about the transition of -- the peaceful transition of power, president obama definitely wants to make that happen, but i think his definition success is not divisiveness. right? it's not taking away millions of health care insurance for americans. building walls. i think that's where post-january 20th, if that happens, he will have a voice and he will say something to push back against that. >> good to have you in new york city in the flesh. thank you both. bottom of your screen, by the way, again, john kerry set to speak top of the hour. we'll bring it to you on msnbc.
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secretary of state john kerry, set to take to that podium roughly 15, 20 minutes from now. u.s. administration has been trying for decades to broker peace. why has a deal been so elusive? myriad reasons but my colleague cal perry here to explain what the settlements are, why they are so important and why they are likely not the only impediment to peace. we should note for the purposes of this conversation this is not an issue that's abstract to you. you spent a great deal of time early in your career in this part of the world. >> yes this is going to be the map that freak s everybody out. this is the map you sit down with if you're try to make peace between the palestinians and israelis. let me point out first, this is the barrier the israelis put up. the big cement wall. when i wasiving ere during the second inta fed da, i used to have to go from bethlehem here to ramallah, which is up in here. you'd have to take a car to this checkpoint, get out.
you'd have to walk to this checkpoint here and then you'd have to walk across. so it would take about four hours. and you're going, i don't know, 20 miles at the most. that's also important. we're talking about an area here, this is the west bank, with the settlements on it. we're getting this from the united nations. 100 settlements have been approved. another 100 outposts dotted all over the west bank. this area is no bigger, the west bank is about the size of delaware. from here to the mediterranean is about ten miles. you're talking about a very small area. i think people sometimes get that confused or don't understand it. what do these settlements look like? they're all over the west bank. they look like this. they look like ordinary neighborhoods. ordinary neighborhoods you'd find in israel. except they're not in israel, they're in the occupied west bank. this is the settlement. it has its own security wall. has its own road. only accessible by people who live on that settlement. if you're a palestinian and you live in a village here, you're not using that road. there's going to be check points on the road. this is what the palestinians talk about when they talk about access around the west bank.
they're talking about these. this is the checkpoint outside bethlehem. it can take you hours if you're palestinian to get through these. >> when we talk about a two-state solution, again, for people who are not as familiar with the intimate details like yourself, what exactly is that? what is this two-state solution? >> we're basing all of this on what the u.s., specifically the barack obama administration would like, two-state solution would be the west bank here. and the gaza strip here. that would be modern day pastine. with israel surroundi it here. that's when we talk about a two-state solution. those two independent states. the problem is, again, when you pull up the map of the west bank, it's impossible to have, as hamas would say, considered a terrorist organization by the u.s., it's impossible to have a continuous state. there's no way to do it. this is like -- >> geographically impossible? >> because the settlements have basically created a group of
palestinian almost islands in the west bank. >> all right. kyle perry. thank you so much. you continue to deep us here. again we will be covering that speech from the outgoing secretary of state john kerry live from the state department. you've already gotten your primer. 15 minutes from now, we expect that. a turn here to an unusual murder investigation in arkansas that's raising new questions about the intersection of privacy and technology. police are asking amazon for some data from its popular virtual assistant echo. nbc's gabe gutierrez now with that story from bentonville, arkansas. >> reporter: this morning, a murder case is testing the limits of privacy inside your home. >> alexa, turn off the light. >> reporter: the amazon echo, better known as alexa was a best-seller this christmas. now police in bentonville, arkansas, have filed a warrant for electronic data from the
virtual assistant to help solve a murder. >> we know amazon has a copy because consumers can listen to all their requests and delete them. >> reporter: what's not clear is how much relevan data is on the device or on amazon's servers. prosecutors say 32-year-old james bates murdered his co-worker, victor collins, who was found strangled in bates' hot tub. bates has pleaded not guilty. >> did anybody think when this waing created that information that you gave to alexa or you gave to amazon echo would be used outside your home and then to be used to have you arrested for a crime you didn't commit? >> reporter: but investigators say this new technology is just another piece of the puzzle. >> we have established probable cause and obtained a warrant from a judge to search this device the same way we would search a person's cell phone. >> reporter: amazon tells nbc news it will not release customer information without a validnd binding legal demand, probably served on us.
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we're just moments away from going to the state department here. john kerry, just three weeks left. he'll be spending time talking about the stalled mideast peace process. also expected to refute those allegations it was the united states that was behind that resolution last friday that was vetoed. here's a preview now from our chief global correspondent bill neely. >> good morning, craig. the senior minister who said that said a whole lot more.
he called john kerry's planned speech today anti-democratic. he accused the obama administration of being pro-palestinian. he said there were people who simply don't understand what's happening in the middle east. he said if john kerry lays out principles for a peace deal, as he's expected to do in that speech, it would limit president obama's ability to set his own policy on the conflict. all of that before the speech is even delivered. what can we expect from the speech? what we do know comes from kerry's spokesman at the state department mark toner. he said kerry would lay out a comprehensive vision for israeli/palestinian peace. he says it's his duty to lay out what he believes is a way to a peaceful twotwo-state solution the middle east. many in the region believe that two-state solution is dying if not already dead and the speech comes amid a sharp downturn in relations between the u.s. and
israel after the u.s. abstained in that u.n. security council vote that condemned jewish settlements on palestinian land. that was only the first time in almost 40 years that the u.s. did not protect israel from a vote of this kind at the u.n. the state department said it would serve as a wake-up call to israel. that didn't go down well either. they also denied accusations that the u.s. had colluded with palestinians and with other arabs to draft the language of that resolution. so john kerry is likely to repeat those denials today. in a speech that clearly already is not going down well in israel at all. many there saying the obama administration's refusal to veto that security council resolution threatens the security of israel. this very much of course john kerry's swan song. it's likely to be perhaps his last speech on the middle east. certainly his last speech on israel, palestine before, in 23
day, a new administration takes over. he's much more inclined to look at syria, look at relations with russia in the midwest and look at the iran nuclear deal. john kerry's speech coming up will be very closely watched not just in israel but across the middle east. back to you, craig. >> chief correspondent there bill neely with a preview what we can expect to hear from john kerry. the next hour here of msnbc live, you spent a great deal of in that part of the world. we spent time this morning talking about precisely what it would take for a two-state solution to happen. with regards to secretary kerry's speech, what are you looking for? >> it's going to be interesting to see most importantly the tone of this speech. we know in the past couple of days the israeli government has
been very clear with the accusations that the united states played a role in orchestrating, initiating this u.n. security council resotion that has been critical of illegal settlements. what's going to be interesting is to see whether or not the vision that john kerry articulates for a possible peace plan. because we know it's going to be irrelevant in the sense it won't achieve -- it won't be achieved during president obama's term in office. it will be interesting to see if there is a moving of the goals, if you will, of the benchmarks that have been long established in international law. certainly when you talk about a two-state solution, palestinians will tell you that means all of the territory occupied in 1967 by the israeli military, including east jerusalem, including gaza, there have been some modifications over the years with some of the negotiations that have taken place in terms of accepting some israeli settlements in exchange for land that the palestinians would receive from israel. so those have generally been the parameters that have been the
basis for negotiations over the past couple of decades. obviously, we know that has stalled in recent years under president obama. but it will be interesting to see if john kerry uses language that is very strong against israel or against the palestinians or if he moves those benchmarks that have been long established in addition to the tone he is using in rebutting these accusations coming out by israel. is this going to be a warning of sorts? or is this going to be more or less the same? articulating and formulating the clea policy established for decades in between the uted states, israel and palestinians. >> the former ambassador said it was nothing more like an ego-driven speech by the secretary. with regards to our relationship or the perception of our relationship, did i just lose aymam? >> no, i'm still with you.
>> how has the role of all of this been perceived? >> certainly not favorable. the united states -- one of the biggest criticisms you hear when you travel across the arab world, i'm talking on the arab street level. not necessarily talking about cairo or jordan which have relationships with israel. diplomatic, full recognition, ambassadors, what have you. i'm talking about the street level. those are one of the things the arabs will talk about in terms of their, you know, disapproval of the united states foreign policy in the middle east. its support for israel unconditionally. >> that's going to wrap up this hour of msnbc live. he will pick up our coverage right now. all right, breaking right now on msnbc, as we were just hearing, secretary of state john kerry is set to speak at any minute now to outline a last-chance effort towards
middle east peace. kerry is expected to respond to accusations the u.s. orchestrated a u.n. vote condemning new israeli settlements. new reaction this morning from president-elect trump. a massive sinkhole in michigan the size of a football field. officials worry it could cave in completely. and remembering carrie fisher. co-stars, family and friends pay tribute. a look back at her life that went beyond the camera. good morning, everyone. coming to you live from our msnbc headquarters here in new york. breaking news this hour. we're waiting for secretary of state john kerry expected to speak at the state department. a senior official telling nbc news he will candidly respond to accusations by israeli prime minister netanyahu that the obama administration orchestrated the unitena