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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said this week that Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state shouldn't be a "critical decider of their attitude toward the possibility of a state and peace."
Regardless of the State Department's conclusions about how it decided on a contractor to write the Environmental Impact Statement, approval or disapproval of the pipeline remains in the hands of Secretary Kerry and President Obama.
Kerry delivered one of his strongest climate speeches in Indonesia, a speech that would appear to be utterly irreconcilable with a decision to construct the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline — a decision that rests almost entirely on his shoulders.