Many Americans are outraged since the United States abstained on a United Nations Security Council vote last week condemning Israel for creating settlements along the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
This was the first time the US hadn’t voted in favor of the Jewish state in over four decades.
Now, outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry is doubling down on the Obama administration’s position.
The Hill gives the details:
“Friends need to tell each other the hard truths and friendships require mutual respect,” Kerry said during a speech at the State Department.
Kerry singled out the Israel’s envoy to the U.N., saying he doesn’t support a two-state solution with the Palestinians.
“The two-state solution is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” he said.
He said the U.S. “could not in good conscience stand in the way of a resolution” that condemned settlement activity, which the administration views as an obstacle to a peace deal.
“We would be derelict in our own responsibilities,” Kerry said.
It’s what he said about the State of Israel that has a lot of people talking. Watch it here:
Kerry soundbite that everyone's talking about -> "Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both." pic.twitter.com/95rwOKLk8u
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) December 28, 2016
There are a number of Jews and Palestinians living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. They have a choice: they can choose to live together in one state or they can separate into two states.
But here is a fundamental reality: if the choice is one state Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both and it won’t ever really be at peace.
Moreover, the Palestinians will never really realize their vast potential in a homeland of their own with a one state solution. Now most on both sides understand this basic choice. That is why is important that polls of Israelis and Palestinians show strong support for the two-state solution.
Kerry also denied US involvement in crafting the resolution, despite reports to the contrary.
Source: The Hill