Kerry cites two-state solution “in serious jeopardy” as reason for US abstaining in UNSC vote; Claims Israel will return “occupied” land; PM Netanyahu addresses press following Kerry address
United States Secretary of State John Kerry gave an address on Wednesday claiming that the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians is in danger and citing this as the reason for the United States decision to abstain on the anti-settlement resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council last Friday.
Kerry claimed that “Despite our best efforts over the years, the two-state solution is now in serious jeopardy. We cannot, in good conscience, do nothing, and say nothing, when we see the hope of peace slipping away.” He declared that the Obama Administration has done the most for the State of Israel of any administration in US history, stating “This administration has been Israel’s greatest friend and supporter. No American administration has done more for Israel’s security than Barack Obama’s.”
He stated that “Israel will return land it has occupied since 1967. The borders must be secure and Palestine must be viable and contiguous,” despite Israel’s clear stance that it will not adhere to Resolution 2234.
Kerry equated Palestinian terrorism, violence and incitement to settlement growth, claiming them all as the reasons for a lack of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. He stated “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.”