Speaking on Vision for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Kerry’s Mid-East speech will ‘ensure chaos lasts after
Obama admin’ – Israeli minister.
Speech begins at 22 minutes, 45 seconds.
Posted December 28, 2016
John Kerry Defends
U.S. Approach to Israel After U.N. Vote on Settlements
WASHINGTON—Secretary of State John Kerry launched a
forceful defense of the Obama administration’s approach
to Israel Wednesday, warning that a two-state solution
is “in jeopardy” in a speech outlining the
administration’s vision for finding Middle East peace.
Mr. Kerry said
the U.S. decision to abstain from the vote last week was
“in accordance with our values.”
“Some seem to
believe that the U.S. friendship means the U.S. must
accept any policy, regardless of our own interests, our
own positions, our own words, our own principles—even
after urging again and again that the policy must
change,” Mr. Kerry said. “Friends need to tell each
other the hard truths.”
Mr. Kerry said
the conditions on the ground such as “violence,
terrorism, incitement, settlement expansion and the
seemingly endless occupation…are combining to destroy
hopes for peace on both sides and increasingly cementing
an irreversible one-state reality that most people do
not actually want.”
also unfolded against a backdrop of an unusual
back-and-forth between President-elect Donald Trump and
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as both
criticized the Obama administration, which still has
three weeks left in office.
Ahead of Mr.
Kerry’s speech Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump harshly
criticized the Obama administration the resolution to
pass and urged Israel to “stay strong” until Jan. 20th,
when he takes office.
“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 (U.N.)!” Mr. Trump tweeted.
responded with a tweet thanking Mr. Trump for his
“clear-cut support for Israel.” Messrs. Netanyahu and
Trump have said they would ignore the new U.N.
resolution and pursue their own efforts to reach peace.
Mr. Kerry on
Wednesday said the U.S. has done more to support Israel
than any other country as its friend.
that as blocked countless efforts to delegitimize
Israel, cannot be true to our own values—or even the
stated democratic values of Israel—and we cannot
properly defend and protect Israel—if we allow a viable
two state solution to be destroyed before our eyes,” Mr.
between the Obama administration and Mr. Netanyahu
reached a low point last year as Mr. Netanyahu lobbied
lawmakers to scuttle a nuclear deal with Iran that
President Barack Obama sees as a pillar of his legacy.
Relations soured further as Israel has continued to
pursue settlements in the Palestinian territories, and
after U.S. refused to use its veto power in the United
Nations this week.
expended considerable personal effort in 2013 and 2014
trying to broker peace, but those talks ultimately fell
apart in spring 2014 over disagreements on land swaps
and prisoner exchanges.
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