In leaked recording, Kerry says that if Israel doesn’t make peace soon, it could become ‘an apartheid state,’ like the old South Africa.
In what may be a sign of his frustration over the failure of his peace efforts, The Daily Beast revealed on Sunday that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that if Israel doesn’t make peace soon, it could become ‘an apartheid state,’ like the old South Africa.
The comments were made by Kerry during a meeting with influential world leaders in a closed-door meeting Friday. The Daily Beast obtained a recording of the comments.
According to the report, Kerry’s use of the loaded term is already rankling Jewish leaders in America.
The “apartheid” comment wasn’t the only controversial comment on the Middle East that Kerry made during his remarks to the Trilateral Commission, according to The Daily Beast.
The website further reported that Kerry also repeated his warning that a failure of Middle East peace talks could lead to a resumption of Palestinian Arab violence against Israeli citizens.
He also suggested that a change in either the Israeli or Palestinian leadership could make achieving a peace deal more feasible, and lashed out against Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria.
Kerry also said, according to The Daily Beast, that both Israeli and Palestinian Authority (PA) leaders share the blame for the current impasse in the talks.
Kerry also said that at some point, he might unveil his own peace deal and tell both sides to “take it or leave it.”
“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,” Kerry was quoted as having told the group of senior officials and experts from the U.S., Western Europe, Russia, and Japan.
“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,” he claimed.
The Daily Beast noted that in a 2008 interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, then-Senator Barack Obama shot down the notion that the word “apartheid” was acceptable in a discussion about Israel’s treatment of Palestinian Arabs.
“There’s no doubt that Israel and the Palestinians have tough issues to work out to get to the goal of two states living side by side in peace and security, but injecting a term like apartheid into the discussion doesn’t advance that goal,” Obama said at the time.
“It’s emotionally loaded, historically inaccurate, and it’s not what I believe,” he added.
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SOURCE: Arutz Sheva