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Israel-Palestine Conflict: John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu Disagree over 2-State Solution

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday warned that the two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinian Territories is in “serious jeopardy.’’

The United States allowed a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements to pass last week in an effort to preserve the possibility of such an outcome to the enduring conflict, Kerry said.

The outgoing secretary of state, who led the last attempt to broker a Middle East peace deal, used the more than an hour-long speech to express his frustration with the Israeli government and outline his vision for a future settlement between Israel and Palestine.

“The two-state solution is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians,” Kerry said, adding that it was also the only way to ensure Israel’s future as both a Jewish and democratic state.

In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Kerry’s address as “skewed against Israel.’’

“For over an hour, Kerry obsessively dealt with settlements and barely touched upon the root of the conflict – Palestinian opposition to a Jewish state,’’ Netanyahu said in a statement.

In Washington, Kerry noted that before last week, the Obama administration had been the only administration since 1967 that had not allowed any UN resolution to pass that Israel opposed.

The U.S. would not have been true to its values if it allowed a “viable two-state solution to be destroyed before our own eyes,’’ Kerry said in defending the U.S. abstention at the Security Council.

Successive U.S. administrations of both parties have supported a two-state solution, although president-elect Donald Trump recently named an ambassador to Israel that rejects it.

Kerry also said that contrary to Israeli accusations, “the U.S. did not draft or originate this resolution.’’

The secretary of state said trends on the ground between Israel and the Palestinian Territories – including terrorist attacks, growing numbers of settlements and a “seemingly endless occupation are cementing an irreversible one-state reality.’’

In candid remarks about the current Israeli government, Kerry called it the most right-wing in the country’s history, saying it has an agenda “driven by the most extremist elements.’’

The U.S. cannot be expected to support the agendas of extremists on either side to create a “unitary state,’’ he said.

He complained bitterly about the increased number of Israeli settlements on the West Bank, saying they are putting a peace deal further out of reach and “defining’’ the country’s future.

Kerry reiterated the U.S. belief that a two-state solution is the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians and laid out a six-point plan that the two sides could follow.

“We all know that a speech alone won’t produce peace,’’ he said.

But he encouraged the parties to take his suggestions seriously and create the conditions for successful talks.

Earlier Wednesday, a high-ranking Israeli minister lashed out at Kerry, calling his plan to speak on the Middle East peace process “pathetic.’’

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan also called Kerry’s address “anti-democratic’’ because it will tie U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to positions that are difficult to change, according to a report.

Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to accuse Obama of treating Israel with “total disdain and disrespect.’’

“They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but not anymore,’’ Trump said of Israel.

“Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching,’’ he continued.

Trump has named bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman, who has said that he does not think Israeli settlement activity is illegal and opposes a two-state solution, as his U.S. ambassador to Israel.

Jerusalem’s planning committee cancelled a scheduled discussion about approving the construction of nearly 500 housing units in East Jerusalem without explanation.

However, hours before Kerry was set to speak, the committee decided to approve a settlement housing project in Jerusalem’s predominantly Palestinian neighbourhood of Silawn, according to the report.

The move is in direct defiance of the resolution’s recommendations.

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30 Comments

  1. pearlbee

    December 28, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    I strongly believe that God raised trump for a time like this to defend his people the isrealites,obama though,is the anti christ..the world should watch out.

    • A Real Nigerian

      December 28, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      ???

    • Mo

      December 28, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      Stop this bullshit. Why should Isreal take over what is not theirs. Trump is Godsend my foot

    • Nahum

      December 29, 2016 at 12:05 am

      ??? you are completely clueless when it comes to foreign policy. This particular Israeli government is extremely right wing and you should do research on their policy towards blacks before you come online and write rubbish

    • EE

      December 29, 2016 at 1:36 am

      What is their policy towards blacks?? That they force birth control on them??? You realise Israeli is tiny?? practically a desert. You want them to retain Ethiopian birth rates???

      Its their country, their rules. Abeg where did this idea of global black solidarity come from?? If the blacks dislike said rules, they can always move to Nigeria, we love babies.

    • A Real Nigerian

      December 29, 2016 at 3:05 am

      ???

    • lifeisbeautiful

      December 29, 2016 at 3:06 am

      Oh gosh! Not again! No where to hide from freaks like u who believe Trump is God’s “messenger” ..*face palms*

    • Lolarae

      December 29, 2016 at 6:37 am

      Hello PB, In nigerian context what isreal did to palestine is like what fulani did to ilorin but unlike the Yorubas that wont demand for what is theirs back, Palestine have been relentless in getting their land back. I hope this serves as inspiration to Yorubas to get ilorin back

  2. BENITO

    December 28, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    So let me see. Palestinians and other Arab nations want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. And this fool Kerry and his boss Obama (who is equally a bigger fool) want to have Israel and Palestine to coexist. And they want Israel to stop building settlements in the west bank. Lands which Israel seized after fighting a war with Palestine and its Arab counterparts. Kerry and Obama are very delusional. January 20 can’t come fast enough so that this buffoon Obama and his retarded cohorts will leave with all his failed foreign policies.

    • EE

      December 29, 2016 at 1:37 am

      When will somebody tell them California belongs to Mexico and Guantanamo to Cuba. Its good to be powerful, so you can determine which rules apply and when.

    • A Real Nigerian

      December 29, 2016 at 3:09 am

      Good comment. But…
      “And this fool Kerry and his boss Obama (who is equally a bigger fool)”
      How can their foolishness be of equal magnitude when you claim that Obama is a bigger fool?

    • Frank

      December 29, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Kerry only acts according to his boss Obama’s orders. And why is Obama doing all this now. He has less than 30 days to leave office, why not leave it to the next administration. That was what Bush did. The idiot in chief Obama had all of 8 years and waited until now to ask Israel for a 2 state solution with Palestine. So if Obama is not foolish then I wonder what he is.

    • Humanbot

      December 29, 2016 at 6:56 am

      You should do some ACTUAL research – sources such as Fox News and Breibart news don’t count. Also, if you’re trying to get your point across effectively, verbal insults weaken your argument and make you sound unintelligent. Unless you’re a troll…

    • Lailatu

      December 29, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      @ Benito,Obama is so petty and is acting out because he can’t believe he lost his bid for a third term, he did say a vote for Hilary is a vote for an Obama third term. Well, in January he will have no choice but enter his final stage of grief, which is acceptance, whether he likes it or not.

  3. Susie

    December 29, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Palestinians want to erase Israel off the earth? who was living on the land first before the UK forcefully ejected them off to create the nation of Israel? If your kids were those little Palestinian kids that are killed daily when Israel shoots rockets onto them would you be supporting them? It surprises me when I see Africans who should know so much about being colonized etc supporting the system of Apartheid that Israel is implementing against the Palestinian just cos they’ve read the Bible and so believe Israel is a ‘chosen nation’. What is wrong is wrong please be a person of integrity

    • EE

      December 29, 2016 at 1:32 am

      Your history is false. During the time of the Ottomans, a man, name of Theodore Herzl after witnessing French anti-semitism during the Dreyfus case was convinced that Jews could only ever be safe in a “Jewish state”.

      That was the beginning of Zionism, a concerted attempt to encourage migrations by European jews, when they arrived, they met existing jews (those who never left and who had initially returned on their own). Being better funded (Rothschilds e.t.c), they started to buy lands from Arab landlords for their use.

      Fast forward to WW1 and the UK mandate in former Ottoman territories, the UK doing what the UK does made two different promises of statehood to the Arabs and the Jews, in return, the Jews and the Arabs fought for the UK.

      Now the Arabs were promised an Arab state under the Hashemites, the UK delivered, handing them rule of Jordan and Iraq, they were bounced from Syria and Lebanon by the French. The problem, Arab anti-semitism, they could not accept the idea of a Jewish state and started to encourage terrorism against the Jews.

      Contrary to your assertion, the Brits favoured the Arabs, think it through, they had the oil, the Brits didn’t want to piss off Muslims in their empire and most importantly Jewish terrorism or freedom fighting by the Irgun had claimed the lives of British soldiers and government officials. The British I repeat favoured the Arabs, advocating for a two state solution which the Palestinians egged on by the Arabs rejected.

      So it was that the Brits withdrew and the Arabs went to war and were trounced, the Israelis holding on to the territory they gained in that war and others. Except when they, out of good faith returned Sinai to Egypt.

      The problem remains, the Palestinians lost a war and don’t want to suffer the consequences, they refuse to recognise a Jewish state and yet want their state recognised. The Israelis are playing a long game, soon oil’s value will decline and the Arabs will run out of money to buy sympathy.

    • Moniker

      December 29, 2016 at 3:21 am

      Looks like I just learnt something new. I can’t wait for trash trump to be potus. We need see the tweets in actions. In all of these, the Jews hate our skin colour. So if we want to be take sides, let’s know that OYO is our case. We are not even recognised by all parties involved.

    • A Real Nigerian

      December 29, 2016 at 3:30 am

      “The Israelis are playing a long game, soon oil’s value will decline and the Arabs will run out of money to buy sympathy.”

      Even if somehow, the price of crude remains stable, there is absolutely no way Israel is going to lose the game. Hell, even if it gets to mid-2008 levels, the worse that could happen to Israel is more UN hypocrisy and whining.

      Your comment is good and you should feel good.

    • A Real Nigerian

      December 29, 2016 at 3:31 am

      worst.

    • Mannie

      December 29, 2016 at 3:41 am

      Moniker, if you’re keen on the topic, get ‘Lawrence in Arabia’ by Scott Anderson. He goes into the more intricate parts of the issue that EE couldn’t include in his summary.

      EE, thanks a lot for your succinct précis on the matter.

    • Lo

      December 29, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Well said, EE.

    • yvonne

      December 29, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      how do you know so much about history? do you just google it? I admire you

    • Lailatu

      December 29, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      @ EE, I wish I could give your comments a thousand likes!

    • A Real Nigerian

      December 29, 2016 at 4:04 am

      “Palestinians want to erase Israel off the earth?”

      2005: Israel withdraws its citizens from Gaza and demolishes settlements. Good sign. Israel is willing to swallow its pride and work towards meaningful negotiations and eventually, peace. What happens next?

      2006: Palestinians vote ultra-right-wing Hamas into power.
      Wanna know what the 1988 Hamas Covenant says on its first page?
      “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it”

      Now, we know the relatively secular, ruling Fatah lost to Hamas not just because of the people’s hate for Israel, but also because Fatah was and are still exceedingly corrupt. However, you have to conclude that with the serious tensions at that moment, the hate for Israel played a much bigger role than Fatah’s corruption.
      So, I guess its safe to say Palestinians want to erase Israel off the face of the earth?
      Palestinians are bred and policed to hate Jews, and the reverse is also true to be fair. Israel actually enjoy Hamas’ hot-headed islamist shyt because then, they will have an excuse to bomb the F out of the unfortunate Palestinians.
      Palestinians have refused to negotiate countless times. Even after they swore to enter talks circa 2009 if Israel promised to stop building new settlements. Israel stopped building for nearly a year, yet they refused to negotiate.

      Israel might be wrong with the continuous building of settlements, but you have to admit that most of this conflict is escalating because of tantrums being thrown by the Palestinian Pity Party.

  4. A Real Nigerian

    December 29, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Keep on swallowing my comments for absolutely no reason, BN.
    SMH.

  5. Ify

    December 29, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Before you write comments it is vital that you understand what is going on. Don’t just read an article and quickly write, do some research on the subject matter that way you are better informed. The problem of Israel and Palestine is historic and complicated. The question here is will you stand and watch someone take your land build on it and you do nothing?

  6. Randommer

    December 29, 2016 at 10:45 am

    @EE
    So why is Israel not forcing birth control on orthodox Jews who have more than 10 kids? The Ethiopian Jews are Israeli too, it is their country. They are nor vistors or imigrants as all Jews have right to return to Israel.

  7. The Real Oma

    December 29, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Bad analogy @Lolarae, not remotely the same thing… Not saying you shouldn’t try to ‘take back Ilorin’ though, whatever that means…

    • Lolarae

      December 29, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      like i said it was a sample

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