Quotes from today’s speech by US Secretary of State John Kerry:
”If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or Democratic. It cannot be both.”
”I have climbed Masada, swam in the dead sea, walked through Yad Vashem.. I understand the importance to Israel’s security, I have also seen the devastation of children in Gaza, playing in the rubble of a bombed up building… walked through the Palestinian community who struggle with permission (from the Israeli’s) just to travel and get medical assistance.”
“No American administration has done more for Israel’s security than Barack Obama’s.”
[Netanyahu’s coalition]”is the most right-wing in the Israeli history, with an agenda driven by the most extreme elements.”
“The truth is that trends on the ground, violence, terrorism, settlement expansion and the seemingly endless occupation, they are combining to destroy hopes for peace on both sides and increasingly cementing any reversible — 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.”