U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently gave a speech on the future of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Kerry defended the U.S. decision to allow the passage of a U.N. resolution last week demanding an end to Israeli settlements, saying it was intended to preserve the possibility of a two-state solution.
“Despite our best efforts over the years, the two-state solution is now in serious jeopardy,” Kerry said during his speech. “We cannot, in good conscience, do nothing, and say nothing, when we see the hope of peace slipping away.”
“Friends need to tell each other the hard truths and friendships require mutual respect,” he said, adding that Israel “can either be Jewish or it can be democratic” if it chooses a one-state solution with the Palestinians.
“The truth is that trends on the ground – violence, terrorism, incitement, settlement expansion and the seemingly endless occupation – are destroying hopes for peace on both sides and increasingly cementing an irreversible one-state reality that most people do not actually want.”
“Let’s be clear,” he continued. “Settlement expansion has nothing to do with Israel’s security. Many settlements actually increase the security burden on the Israeli defense forces and leaders of the settler movement are motivated by ideological imperatives that entirely ignore legitimate Palestinian aspirations.”
Kerry has opposed Palestinian violence, saying it had “hundreds of terrorist attacks in the past year.”
Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of the office of Israeli, wasn’t very pleased with the secretary’s speech. “For more than an hour Kerry dealt obsessively with the settlements and almost did not touch on the source of the conflict – Palestinian opposition to the existence of a Jewish state with any borders,” he stated.
Now the Israelis are expecting better treatment from the Trump Administration, “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,” Trump said in a series of tweets. “Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!”