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John Kerry: Two-state solution will end Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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By Luke Barber
John Kerry: Two-state solution will end Israeli-Palestinian conflict

<p>In a final bid to secure peace in the Middle East before the Obama administration comes to a close, US Secretary of State John Kerry has outlined his vision for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying that both sides must work together to ensure peace.</p> <p>Speaking in Washington just days after the US abstained from voting on a United Nations resolution which demanded an end to illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Kerry said Israel and the Palestinian territories must be “serious” about implementing the two-state solution.</p> <p>He said the two state solution is the only way “to achieve a just and lasting peace”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Secretary of State John Kerry warns two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict is 'in serious jeopardy.' <a href="https://t.co/xeIThBT1l5">https://t.co/xeIThBT1l5</a> <a href="https://t.co/iTzDhqP1zw">pic.twitter.com/iTzDhqP1zw</a></p>— <span class="caps">CNN</span> Breaking News (@cnnbrk) <a href="https://twitter.com/cnnbrk/status/814149750979198978">December 28, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>“If we’re serious about the two-state solution, it’s time to start implementing it now, and advance the process of separation,” he said.</p> <p>“It could make a significant difference in saving the two-state solution and in building confidence in the citizens of both sides.”</p> <p>He said that settlements have nothing to do with Israeli security but instead make the task of protecting Israelis much more difficult.</p> <p>Such settlements, he said, pose a threat to the two-state solution and that their construction in the West Bank “risks making peace impossible.”</p> <p>He said the US must “provide for a just, agreed, fair and realistic solution… for a comprehensive resolution consistent with 2 states for 2 peoples”.</p> <p>The US is one of Israel’s most prominent allies, but Kerry said there that the country’s decision not to veto the UN resolution is in accordance with US values.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/netanyahu"><code>netanyahu</a>: "I must express my deep disappointment with the speech today of John Kerry." <a href="https://t.co/bVKvHjNPPI">pic.twitter.com/bVKvHjNPPI</a></p>&mdash; Fox News (</code>FoxNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/FoxNews/status/814184593532325888">December 28, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Kerry’s statement comes after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government pulled back from approving hundreds of new homes for Israelis in East Jerusalem.</p> <p>The contentious resolution was condemned by Israel, who have gradually legalised more and more Jewish settlements in occupied Jerusalem over recent years.</p> <p>A spokesman for Netanyahu, whose relationship with the US administration has struggled since Obama’s election in 2008, claimed to have “ironclad evidence” that the White House plotted to promote the resolution. </p> <p>Netanyahu has accused Washington of conspiring against the Israeli government.</p> <p>Responding from Jerusalem, he said that Kerry’s speech was “skewed” against Israel and “obsessively” focused on settlements.</p>