A skeptic Secretary of state John Kerry on Wednesday defended the U.S. decided that the United Nations condemn Israeli settlements, during the rush to infringe on the so-called “settlers’ agenda,” he claimed, the prospects for peace – in an extensive speech that inflamed tensions with Israel, and drew a swift rebuke from the Prime Minister.
During a farewell speech at the State Department Kerry & said, N. the decision in his most extensive terms yet. He said it was about the preservation of the two-state solution as the only way to a “just and lasting peace.”
“This future is now in danger,” he warned.
A U.S. abstention in the U. N. Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem a violation of international law that the measure will pass on Friday and sent the already turbulent relations between the Obama and Netanyahu governments, in his rock most of the route.
In a written statement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Kerry crack ‘ s speech as “distorted.”
“As the resolution of the security Council, the Secretary Kerry extended in the United Nations, his speech today was skewed against Israel,” he said. “For over an hour, Kerry is obsessively dealt with the settlements, and hardly the root of the conflict — the Palestinian resistance against the Jewish state touched in any borders.”
In the following remarks by Jerusalem, Netanyahu defended their Land, the commitment to peace and said: “the Israelis have not lectured on the importance of the peace of foreign heads of state and government.”
He said he is looking forward to working with the incoming Trump administration “to” harm the resolution and, ultimately, the “lifting”.
While Israeli officials have described the U.S. abstention as a betrayal, the Obama administration also faced cross-party criticism of U.S. legislators. Speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan After tweeted on Wednesday, “that these anti-Israel-passed resolution, the UN Secretary Kerry has no credibility to an Israeli-Palestinian peace.”
Kerry, though, on Wednesday the criticism is rejected, ” that this vote leaves Israel,” and described the resolution as a call for both sides to save the two-state solution “, while there is still time.”
“We have not said this decision lightly,” Kerry.
He said Israel’s “permanent settlements”, not the resolution, risking the peace.
“Friends are the hard truths to tell each other, and friendship requires mutual respect,” Kerry said. He said the United States “are, in fact, in line with our values.”
In an at-times scathing address, Kerry the “settlers agenda” for allegedly pushing Israel in the direction of the Explosion, in search of a state, he could assert, not simultaneously Jewish and democratic. He called the current government the “right wing” in the history of Israel and claims its agenda is ” driven by the extremes of the elements.”
“The status quo is, leading to a state of permanent and professional,” Kerry said. With pointed language, he said, this would mean, “separated”, but “unequal” treatment of the Palestinians.
Kerry condemned the Palestinian violence, including hundreds of terrorist attacks in the past year, and said the Palestinian leader of not doing enough to speak, resistant to certain attacks.
But the biggest part of his speech dealt with the Israeli settlement expansion, mostly in the West Bank, as he explained the “principles” for future peace negotiations — and denied the United States went in the last week’s U. N. vote.
“In the end, we could not with a clear conscience protection in the most extreme elements of the settler movement, as they tried to destroy the two-state solution. We could not squeeze in good conscience a blind eye to Palestinian actions, fan hatred and violence,” Kerry said.
The speech touches on a new round of rebukes from the Israeli government.
Israel’s U. N. Ambassador Danny Danon said in a statement: “The Obama administration was against Israel at the United Nations and of any claim to the contrary is a distortion of reality.”
Netanyahu already, the US abstention has described that allows the U. N. resolution to pass, and like a “ambush”, and his government, in the meantime, the United States is accusing to play a hand in the orchestration of the voices.
The Israeli government, meanwhile, has the coming, the government turned to President-elect Donald Trump for the support and say that they look forward to working with the next President, amid fraying relations with the outgoing administration.
In the hours before Kerry’s speech, the Netanyahu government has got another shot in the U.S., Public security Minister Gilad Erdan Kerry calls the speech a “pathetic move.”
He told the Israeli army Radio that “Kerry ‘ s intention, a chain of President-elect trump.”
Trump is also the management on Twitter blew up about his treatment in Israel, vowed a new approach, as soon as he was inaugurated.
On Wednesday, Kerry outlined what he described as “principles” that could be the basis for new talks. This included a return to the borders will be negotiated based on the 1967 lines “with agreed value swaps” – a similar position, explained how President Obama your position a few years ago.
He called for “two States for two peoples,” with “equal rights for all” and a solution for Jerusalem as the capital of the two States.
He said the U.S. recognizes Israel as the “deep historical and religious ties [East Jerusalem] and its Holy sites.” He also said he understands some of the settlements would Israel in a future two-state solution.
Kerry also vehemently claims of the United States, the “driving force was denied” behind the U. N. measure.
“The United States is not the design or the resolution, nor do we have forward,” he said. “It was designed and … presented by Egypt … in coordination with the Palestinians and others. “
The White house on Wednesday also denied a report in the Egyptian media claims that Kerry and National security adviser Susan Rice, the U. N. resolution with a top Palestinian official, almost two weeks discussed before on Friday, the vote in the security Council.
Ned price, a spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, called the reports a “fabrication” and the “encounter said never occurred.”
Netanyahu, though, reiterated on Wednesday that his government “absolutely irrefutable evidence” that the U.S. organized and advanced the resolution. And he referred to the reports on the details of the in Egyptian media as the “tip of the iceberg.”
The State Department’s own website reflects that Kerry was scheduled to meet with the Palestinian official, to the State Department on Dec. 12, around the time of the discussions reported. The official website offers no details about what was discussed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.