Kerry: Is­rael risks be­com­ing apartheid state

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US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry has said that Is­rael risks be­com­ing “an apartheid state” if there is no two-state so­lu­tion to the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict.

Kerry’s com­ments were pub­lished by The Daily Beast news web­site, which ob­tained a record­ing of his re­marks on Fri­day to the Tri­lat­eral Com­mis­sion, a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion which in­cludes se­nior of­fi­cials and ex­perts from the US, Western Europe, Rus­sia and Ja­pan.

“A two-state so­lu­tion will be clearly un­der­scored as the only real al­ter­na­tive. Be­cause a uni­tary state winds up ei­ther be­ing an apartheid state with sec­ond class cit­i­zens - or it ends up be­ing a state that de­stroys the ca­pac­ity of Is­rael to be a Jewish state,” said Kerry.

“Once you put that frame in your mind, that re­al­ity, which is the bot­tom line, you un­der­stand how im­per­a­tive it is to get to the two-state so­lu­tion, which both lead­ers, even yes­ter­day, said they re­main deeply com­mit­ted to.”

The US-based The Daily Beast re­ported that se­nior US of­fi­cials have rarely used the term in ref­er­ence to Is­rael.

Jen Psaki, the spokesper­son for the US State Depart­ment, said: “Sec­re­tary Kerry, like Jus­tice Min­is­ter Livni, and pre­vi­ous Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ters Olmert and Barak, was re­it­er­at­ing why there’s no such thing as a one state so­lu­tion if you be­lieve, as he does, in the prin­ci­ple of a Jewish State.

“[Kerry] was talk­ing about the kind of fu­ture Is­rael wants and the kind of fu­ture both Is­raelis and Pales­tini­ans would want to en­vi­sion.

The only way to have two na­tions and two peo­ples liv­ing side by side in peace and se­cu­rity is through a two state so­lu­tion. And with­out a two state so­lu­tion, the level of pros­per­ity and se­cu­rity the Is­raeli and Pales­tinian people de­serve isn’t pos­si­ble,” she added.

Kerry has been con­duct­ing more than a year of in­ten­sive shut­tle diplo­macy try­ing to bro­ker Is­raeli-Pales­tinian peace.

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