Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday, rejected statements made by US Secretary of State, John Kerry, that Israel is shifting towards being a âbi-national stateâ.According to Jpost Israeli news outlet, Netanyahu said âI want to make clear, Israel will not be a bi-national state,â under claims that the Palestinian Authority âdoes not want peaceâ, and âcalls for incitementâ against the occupation.
Netanyahu said, according to the PNN, that when Erekat not only does not condemn the terrorist acts but, rather, pays a condolence call on the family of a terrorist, he âgives backing and encouragement to acts of terror,â referring to Erekatâs condolence call to the family of Mazrn Oraiba, who was shot-dead by Israeli forces at Hizma checkpoint, under the pretext of a car-ramming attack.
Netanyahuâs opposition came after Kerryâs statement at the Saban Forum in Washington, on Saturday, when he said âthe truth is that many of those arguing against the PA simply donât believe in two states.â
During the Israeli cabinet meeting, Netanyahu also took the chance to condemn the comments of the Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom against the Israeli terrorism, calling them âscandalous.â
John Kerry, speaking at the Saban Forum in Washington D.C., on Saturday, warned that current trends in the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts are leading to a one-state reality. Kerry also said that if the situation continues, it is unclear how long the Palestinian Authority can survive.
âIf there is a risk the Palestinian Authority might collapse and Israel wants it to survive, shouldnât Israel do more to help sustain it?â Kerry said.
According to Haaretz, Kerry added that the two-state solution for the Israeli Palestinian conflict mustnât become a âslogan,â but warned that âcurrent trends are leading for a one state reality.â
âWe have to be honest about what a one-state solution looks like,â Kerry said, warning that Israel couldnât maintain its character as Jewish and democratic, asking rhetorically what the international reaction would be to such a scenario, and saying that true peace with its neighbors will not be possible under such conditions.
In a related context, in May of 2014, Israeli Minister of Economy and head of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett suggested the demolition of a portion of the apartheid wall which surrounds the West Bank, offering an incentive of full Israeli citizenship for Palestinians affected by the move, but with the more strategical intention of annexing Area C to the state of Israel, amidst of new wave of increased settlement expansion.
During the 2013 Israeli-Palestinian peace talks led by none other than Kerry, Israeli officials announced and, eventually, carried out in full force, plans to build thousands of additional homes in illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank, while continuing to further seize lands, demolish homes and agricultural resources and, thus, leaving scores of Palestinian families severely disenfranchised and without so much as a roof over their heads to shelter them from inclement weather.
Gazans were already surviving on a mere 8 hours per day of electricity when the Palestinian negotiating team finally resigned in protest, in mid-November. Israel, soon after, made quite clear its position on securing peace with Palestinians when Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, during a meeting with young Likud Party supporters, boasted:
âI was threatened in Washington: ânot one brickâ [of settlement construction] âŠ after five years, we built a little more than one brickâŠâ
Asked about ‘peace talks with the Palestiniansâ, the PM reportedly replied, according to +972 online Israeli magazine: âabout the â what?â to which his audience responded with a round of chuckling.
âThe one-state solution is no solution at all for a Jewish, democratic Israel living in peace,â Kerry went on to say, Saturday.
Editor’s note: In stark contrast with Kerry’s statement, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights. ~ Wikipedia
Kerry said that the distrust between the two sides has never been more profound. âPresident Abbas feels great despair â more than I have ever heard him,â Kerry said.
Saying that peace is the best way to achieve security, Kerry added that first of all, the violence must stop. âThereâs no justification for violence against civilians. Israel has the right and the obligation to defend itself,â he said.
âWe need people to act in restraint. The Palestinian leadership should stop the incitement and condemn terror attacks,â he said.
Regarding the fight against Islamic State, Kerry seemed to be rebutting statements made by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaâalon the day before about a lack in U.S. leadership, and laid out U.S. actions and policy against ISIS and in Syria.
âWe want a transition to a unified non-sectarian Syria,â Kerry said, adding that the U.S. isnât naĂŻve about the diplomatic effort in Syria. âItâs difficult,â he admitted. However, he added that the Vienna talks were âthe most promising diplomatic effort regarding Syria in the last years.â
Regarding the nuclear deal with Iran, Kerry addressed Israel directly, saying that he knows Israel still has concerns, but that the U.S. is âconvinced that we will know what Iran is doing.â
âUnder the nuclear deal all of Iranâs pathways to a bomb are blocked,â he said, adding that it was the deal was the right thing to do, âregardless of whether they will change their behavior or not.â
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