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.
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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.