Kerry: Israel Risks Being 'An Apartheid State'

Israel not happy about the comment

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 28, 2014 11:09 AM CDT

(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.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, right, meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, March 31, 2014.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, right, meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, March 31, 2014.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
In this March 30, 2014, file photo U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens to a question at a news conference in Paris.
In this March 30, 2014, file photo U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens to a question at a news conference in Paris.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool, File)
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