By Israel Hayom and JNS.org –
Israel risks becoming an “apartheid state” if a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not reached soon, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, according to a report by The Daily Beast published Sunday.
The Daily Beast obtained a recording of remarks Kerry made on Friday at a closed meeting of the Trilateral Commission attended by influential officials from around the world.
“A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative,” Kerry was quoted as saying. “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.
“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.”
In response to the report, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told The Daily Beast that Kerry was merely reiterating his opinion that a two-state solution is the only way for Israel to remain a Jewish state and be at peace with the Palestinians.
“Secretary Kerry, like Justice Minister [Tzipi] Livni, and previous Israeli Prime Ministers [Ehud] Olmert and [Ehud] Barak, was reiterating why there’s no such thing as a one-state solution if you believe, as he does, in the principle of a Jewish state,” Psaki said. “He was talking about the kind of future Israel wants and the kind of future both Israelis and Palestinians would want to envision. The only way to have two nations and two peoples living side by side in peace and security is through a two-state solution. And without a two-state solution, the level of prosperity and security the Israeli and Palestinian people deserve isn’t possible.”
But the Emergency Committee for Israel (ECI) said Kerry’s usage of the “apartheid state” term was “no gaffe.”
“Secretary Kerry’s musings on the Jewish state’s dire future have become a regular feature of his public remarks,” the ECI said in a statement. “His latest prediction follows other statements in recent months that have in effect threatened Israel–never the Palestinians–with a list of disasters should his diplomatic efforts fail: violence, isolation, delegitimization, boycotts–and now ‘apartheid.’”
The ECI added that it is “no longer enough for the White House to clean up after the messes John Kerry has made.”
“It is time for John Kerry to step down as Secretary of State, or for President Obama to fire him,” stated the ECI. “And it would go a long way toward repairing the damage Kerry has done if his predecessor as Secretary of State, who is the likely Democratic Party nominee for president, explained why this kind of rhetoric had no place in her State Department and why it will have no place …read more