Former Secretary of State John Kerry has said that he doesn’t believe the nation of Israel truly wants to achieve peace with their Palestinian neighbor.
Kerry does, however, believe that the Palestinians are doing their part to work for peace. “The Palestinians have done an extraordinary job of remaining committed to nonviolence,” Kerry stated. “When the intifada took place [in 2015] they delivered non-violence in the West Bank.”
“This is overlooked by the general [Israeli] populations because it is not a topic of discussion,” Kerry continued. “Why? Because the majority of the cabinet currently in the Israeli government has publicly declared they are not ever for a Palestinian state.”
According to Newsweek.com, Kerry’s statements are from a conference that took place last year in Dubai. The recording of his statements were released on an Israeli TV network. It is unclear if Kerry knew he was being recorded at the time of the Middle East conference.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Kerry’s comments, as did several American politicians, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Minority Leader Church Schumer (D-NY).
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Publication date: November 20, 2017