Secretary Kerry Just Told Israel The Bold Truth, And It Is Harsh (VIDEO)

Secretary Kerry Just Told Israel The Bold Truth, And It Is Harsh (VIDEO)

John Kerry delivered a tough but honest message to Israel

On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a message to Israel in response to the angry reaction of Israel to the last UN Security Council resolution adopted against Israeli settlements. According to the transcript provided by Grabien News, Kerry stated:

“The truth is that trends on the ground, violence, terrorism, incitement, settlement expansion and the seemingly endless occupation, they are combining to destroy hopes for peace on both sides and increasingly cementing an irreversible one state reality that most people do not actually want. Today, there are a similar 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 fully realize their vast potential in a homeland of their own with a one state solution.”

Kerry began by declaring that friends (referring to the long friendship between the U.S. and Israel) must always tell each other the truth. And in this case, the truth is that Israel is, according to Kerry, undermining the possibility of ever finding a peaceful and long-lasting solution for both nations. Kerry has made the search for peace in the Middle East one of his main goals as secretary, and his message also reflected his frustration with the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump and his approach to the ongoing conflicts in the region. Aware that a change is urgent, Kerry said:

“The status quo is leading toward one state, or perpetual occupation.” 

He also made it clear that the United States has no obligation to ignore its own interests, values and beliefs because a friend or ally wants something different. As told by The New York Times:

“Some seem to believe that the U.S. friendship means the U.S. must accept any policy, regardless of our own interests, our own positions, our own words, our own principles — even after urging again and again that the policy must change. Friends need to tell each other the hard truths, and friendships require mutual respect.”

Kerry’s speech was immediately condemned by PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who called it “skewed” and “obsessively” focused on the settlement issue, according to The Guardian. Donald Trump also reacted to the speech on Twitter:

This was certainly one of Kerry’s most passionate speeches; one which certainly angered Israel even more, but one that has been seen as necessary by many around the world. Although always diplomatic and avoiding direct confrontation, on this occasion Kerry did not hesitate to say what many believe: that regardless of what the Israeli Prime Minister might say about looking for peace, his actions say the opposite.

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From Mexico City, Carolina has lived in five different countries, experiences she defines as the most enriching. She has focused her studies and work on international conflicts and international security issues, diplomacy and protocol. Carolina holds two MA degrees and hopes to begin her PhD studies soon.