Kerry: Israel Risks Being 'An Apartheid State'
Israel not happy about the comment
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 28, 2014 11:09 AM CDT
US Secretary of State John Kerry, right, meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, March 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

(Newser) – John Kerry tossed the A-word around Friday during a closed door meeting, saying that Israel could become "an apartheid state" if peace talks with Palestine failed to generate a two-state solution. The Daily Beast acquired a recording of Kerry's comments, which came during a Trilateral Commission meeting. Kerry told the assembled world leaders that he might eventually unveil a peace deal and tell the sides to "take it or leave it."

A two-state solution, he said, is "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." US officials generally avoid the word "apartheid" in relation to Israel, and President Obama has previously called it inappropriate. The Anti-Defamation League has issued a statement calling Kerry's comments "startling and deeply disappointing," Haaretz reports. Meanwhile, Rand Paul is burnishing his pro-Israel credentials by introducing a bill banning US aid to Palestine until Palestine recognizes Israel's right to exist, Politico reports.

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jlfellows
Apr 29, 2014 6:20 AM CDT
Bottom Line; Kerry is a moron and should just shut his mouth and go away permanently.
tpvero
Apr 29, 2014 3:43 AM CDT
The US has been playing this game with Israel for 60 years. The US has been giving Israel money for all these years. Why? Israel is a prosperous nation. They get free money and still steal all the land and water they can get their hands on. The USA, (we), have been enabling Israel to be cruel to another people. More American Jews should be speaking up against this. All we have is the American Jews who who support a nation they don't live in, which puts the country they do live in at risk. If they want to support Israel they need to move there and do it from there, not drain the USA dry. Jews comprise 2% of the American population, they should not have the amount of power they do to control the American government as they do. Stop giving Israel money and arms and see how quickly they need to make peace with their neighbors. After 60 years I think it is safe to say America needs to stop playing peace maker, they are too gullible and easily fooled. America is not good at peacemaking.
Heath Rumble
Apr 28, 2014 11:12 PM CDT
Opposing one country wrongfully colonizing another country, including shelling, withholding resources, and restricting transportation, does NOT make one an anti-Semite. Israel is in fact the biggest hypocrite in my opinion. They of all people should realize the importance of tolerating and respecting all ethnicities, considering the horrific ethnic-cleansing Jews endured in WW2. Instead, they're acting like the world is still ok with imperialism. Guess what: Imperialism is pretty fucked up, and so is anyone supporting Israel's bullshit. P.S. I recognize Hamas has dealt with the colonization in a shitty way, and that's not ok either, but I have a feeling if the roles were reversed and the Palestinians were taking over Israel's land (and somehow had international support in doing this) Israelis would react just like Palestinians did. Cornered and desperate people will resort to any means necessary for survival.