But I don't think anybody has gilded the lily in any report to me. And are talented, hungry, eager to work — a young work force. No children, Israeli or Palestinian, should have to live like that. STEIN: Did you see that picture of the 3-year-old Syrian boy this morning, by any chance? The Egyptians and Palestinians had long made clear to all of us, to all of the international community, their intention to bring a resolution to a vote before the end of the year. Let me also emphasize this is not about offering limited economic measures that perpetuate the status quo. Yet despite growing pressure, the Obama administration held a strong line against U.N. action — any U.N. action. Whenever and wherever its legitimacy was attacked, and we have fought for its inclusion across the U.N. system. … * The request timed out and you did not successfully sign up. KERRY: Not really, because these are leases that were granted some time ago prior to President Obama becoming president. STEIN: Thank you very much, Mr. Secretary. SAM STEIN: Thank you, first of all, for joining us. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. Just a few questions. SHARE. Here is a transcript of his remarks. We should not afraid to say so. The first action with U.S. as chair of the Arctic Council is to essentially allow Shell to do exploratory drilling off the coast of Alaska. Thank you very, very much. Does anyone seriously think that if they just stay where they are, you could still have a viable Palestinian state? KERRY: Happy Hanukkah. And we did not take this decision lightly. There is simply too much at stake for future generations of Israelis and Palestinians to give in to pessimism, especially when peace is in fact still possible. ‘This Week’ Transcript: John Kerry. We have huge refugee camps in Jordan, in Lebanon. My responsibility is to get the emails out of here as rapidly as possible so people can make judgments about them. That has always driven me. KERRY: That's their problem. In fact, the only time in eight years the Obama administration exercised its veto at the United Nation was against a one-sided settlements resolution in 2011. Thank you. But the Palestinians and the Arab world did not. STEIN: The administration has hinted or said basically that they want to work with Gulf states and Israel to ramp up their national security and defense mechanisms in light of this. Including 100,000 just since 2009 when President Obama’s term began. You also have 20 years of televised tracking of production of their bellows and rotors, which are critical elements of their centrifuges. Finally, some 15 years ago, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia came out with a historic Arab peace initiative which offered fully normalized relations with Israel when it made peace — an enormous opportunity then and now which has never been fully embraced. And Israel must be able to defend itself effectively, including against terrorism and other regional threats. KERRY: Well, we've got to try to see if we can get an agreement on climate change in Paris. Just between us and these cameras: You're running, right? STEIN: You're obviously -- you're an architect, and you're probably the most vocal booster of the deal. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our. So the easy thing is classify it and put it away. The more outposts that are built, the more the settlements expand, the less possible it is to create a contiguous state. So, how do we get there? But there is a lot more that needs to be done. We have consistently supported Israel’s right to defend itself by itself, including during actions Gaza that sparked great controversy. They line the shore of the Dead Sea where Palestinian development is not allowed. The truth is that trends on the ground, violence, terrorism, incitement (ph), settlement expansion and the seemingly endless occupation, they are combining to destroy hopes for peace on both sides and increasingly cementing an irreversible one state reality that most people do not actually want. And the solution will have to meet the needs, not only of the parties but of all three monotheistic faiths. COMMENTS By. I have spent a great deal of time with key Arab leaders exploring this. And even suggested breaking from the long-standing U.S. policies on settlements — Jerusalem and the possibility of a two-state solution. And we have made clear our strong opposition to Palestinian efforts against Israel at the ICC, which only sets back the prospects for peace. Allies of both sides are content to reinforce this with a “with – and us – you’re with us or against us” mentality, where too often anyone questioning Palestinian actions is an apologist for the occupation, and anyone who disagrees with Israel policy is cast as anti-Israel, or even anti-Semitic. Marwan has obviously been one of the most articulate advocates of political and economic reform in … Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Wednesday offered a harsh and detailed assessment of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, saying their growth threatens to destroy the viability of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the Kurd component of the country, we’ve seen a significant pushback, a more competent, frankly, a pushback against ISIL. Only one permit was issued by Israel in all of 2014 and 2015, while approvals for hundreds of settlement units were advanced during that same period. And I thought about the last time at an intimate, one-on-one Shabbat dinner just a few months before he died when we toasted together to the future of Israel and to the peace that he still so passionately believed in for his people. Below is the full transcript from the Sept. 3 interview. On this point, I want to be very clear; no American administration has done more for Israel’s security than Barack Obama’s. STEIN: The president has made the case --. And the population of these distant settlements has grown by 20,000 just since 2009. 09/06/2012 08:57 PM EDT. These are his full remarks on the Mideast peace process. And we see no change since then to affect that fundamental conclusion. Here’s The Full Transcript Of John Kerry’s Interview With HuffPost. And much progress can be made in advance of negotiations that can lay the foundation for negotiations as contemplated by the Oslo process. We choose instead to draw on the experiences of the last eight years, to provide a way forward, when the parties are ready for serious negotiations. STEIN: This is probably an oversimplification, but in some respects, it sounds like there is a trade-off being made here: We're risking the possibility of smaller regional conflict to diminish the likelihood of larger cataclysmic conflict. (Video production by Marielle Olentine, Jon Strauss and Samuel Wilkes.). My friends, that story was not written last week. It’s worth touching on them briefly. And I think the world with the migration crisis in Europe is starting to wake up to the fact that more has to be done. It is essential for both sides that the final status agreement resolves all the outstanding issues and finally brings closure to this conflict. WASHINGTON, Dec 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will lay out his vision for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a speech on … But his current coalition is the most right-wing in Israel history with an agenda driven by the most extreme elements. Secure .gov websites use HTTPS. KERRY: That's a very small world right there. And that raises one final question. STEIN: There were reports that I believe the Pentagon inspector general is looking into. But there is a general recognition that the solution must be consistent with two states for two peoples, and cannot affect the fundamental character of Israel. We cannot let that happen. We can only encourage them to take this path. We also strongly reject the notion that somehow the United States was the driving force behind this resolution. The international community can provide significant support and assistance. Transcript type. A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Transcript: Kerry Testifies Before Senate Panel, 1971 A transcript of John Kerry's statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April … Well, there are over 80 settlements east of the separation barrier, many located in places that would make the continuous – a contiguous Palestinian state impossible. They need to know that the military occupation itself will really and after an agreed transitional process. Published on 16/11/2016, 6:04pm. I guess the 34th vote is not the final element here. Tom Brady -- he's a free man, can play in the first football game. And let there be no doubt in anybody’s mind that the science is absolutely certain. Over 1,300 Palestinians including over 600 children have been displaced by demolitions in 2016 alone — more than any previous year. So why are we so concerned? I think that's pretty good, considering the amount of money that's been spent with myths being promulgated. It is not in U.S. interests to help anyone on either side create a unitary state. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry strongly criticized Israel's government in a speech on Wednesday, saying that trends on the ground are leading to a one-state solution and defending the U.S. decision not to veto a UN Security Council resolution against the Israeli settlements. And many have expressed willingness to contribute to that effort, particularly if it brings peace. Neither side is willing to even risk acknowledging the other’s bottom line and more negotiations that do not produce progress will only reinforce the worst fears. KERRY: I think it’s fair to say that if you look for instance at Egypt -- I mean, the answer is that it's happening now. We are joined now by Secretary of State John Kerry. KERRY: We also know that there is some 1.7 million Arab citizens who call Israel their home and must now and always be able to live as equal citizens, which makes this a difficult issue for Palestinians and others in the Arab world. And that commitment has guided his pursuit of peace in the Middle East. This critical decision about the future, one state or two states, is effectively being made on the ground every single day despite the expressed opinion of the majority of the people. Now, I want to stress that there is an important point here. We have to do it much faster than we are right now. ... former Secretary of State John Kerry, who`s going to join us. Now, you may hear that these remote settlements aren’t a problem because they only take up a very small percentage of the land. But we're only hearing Democrats and other people talk about overclassification as an issue now that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has had her email issues. STEIN: Oh yes, we have. And I regretted that vote as a result because I thought it was abused. But that's very different from what we're looking at today, because I think that in the case of Iran, everybody is united in not wanting Iran to get a nuclear weapon. KERRY: I mean, it's such a disturbing and provocative picture, in so many ways. President Clinton deserves great credit for laying out extensive parameters designed to bridge gaps in advanced final status negotiations 16 years ago. Virtually everyone that I have spoken to has been clear on this principle as well; no changes by Israel to the 1967 lines will be recognized by the international community unless agreed to by both sides. And we have stressed that the Hamas arms build up and militant activities in Gaza must stop. Now you have heard that some criticize this resolution for calling East Jerusalem occupied territory. Transcript Not Checked Against Delivery SENATOR JOHN KERRY (D-MA): Marwan, thank you very much for a very generous introduction. Well, Syria, particularly. It was drafted by Egypt — it was drafted and I think introduced by Egypt, which is one of Israel’s closest friends in the region, in coordination with the Palestinians and others. We absolutely have to. That shows an inexplicable ambivalence. We fully respect Israel’s profound historic and religious ties to the city and to its holy sites. Israel’s permanent representative to the United Nations, who does not support a two-state solution, said after the vote last week, quote, “It was to be expected that Israel’s greatest ally would act in accordance with the values that we share, and veto this resolution.” I am compelled to respond today that the United States did, in fact, vote in accordance with our values, just as previous U.S. administrations have done at the Security Council before us. And it is certainly not the role of any country to vote against its own policies. Since then there have been over 30,000 settlement units advanced through some stage of the planning process. Gaza is home to one of the world densest concentrations of people. Likewise, some supporters of the settlements argue that the settlers could just stay in their settlements – settlements and remain as Israeli citizens in their separate enclaves in the middle of Palestine, protected by the IDF. I mean, I'd rather have our supply come from an American-controlled source in that respect than somewhere else. Friends need to tell each other the hard truths, and friendships require mutual respect. At the same time there is broad recognition that there will be no peace agreement without reconciling the basic aspirations of both sides to have capitals there. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the commencement address to Northeastern University's 2016 graduating class at TD Garden arena in Boston. By Amanda Terkel. I think you have to prevent this kind of massive exodus of human beings. We’re talking about significant steps that would signal real progress towards creating two states. Effectively reversing the transitions to greater Palestinian civil authority that was called for by the Oslo Accords. Trends indicate a comprehensive effort to take the West Bank land for Israel and prevent any Palestinian development there. Please try again later. Over the years, like so many others who are drawn to this extraordinary place, I have climbed Masada, swum in the Dead Sea, driven from one biblical city to another. We were the only administration since 1967 that had not allowed any resolution to pass that Israel opposed. An unexpected error has occurred with your sign up. Does Israel want to pay for the billions of dollars of lost international assistance that the Palestinian Authority now receives? I think -- I mean, the killing that is taking place in Syria is an insult to everybody, to any nation that is seeking decency and rule of law. We're proud of what America is and what it can become. John Kerry: full transcript of COP22 climate summit speech Published on 16/11/2016, 6:04pm Text from US secretary of state’s address to UN talks in Marrakech, Morocco, signalling end of an era of Washington’s climate leadership In Turkey, we have refugee camps. They can choose to live together in one state or they can separate into two states. Yet the murders of innocence are still glorified on (inaudible) websites, including showing attackers next to Palestinian leaders following attacks. John Kerry mocks climate change deniers in Indonesia speech US Secretary of State John Kerry has called climate change perhaps the world’s “most fearsome’’ destructive weapon and mocked those who deny its existence or question its causes, comparing them to people who insist the Earth is flat. So we reject the criticism that this vote abandons Israel. Both sides committed to a plan to transition much of the West Bank and Gaza to Palestinian control during permanent status negotiations that would put an end to their conflict. In fact, almost no private Palestinian building is approved in Area C at all. And that’s the bottom line. Today, I want to share candid thoughts about an issue which for decades has animated the foreign policy dialogue here and around the world — the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read John Kerry's Full Speech on Israeli Settlements and a Two-State Solution. Senator John Kerry's speech at Faneuil Hall in Boston after conceding defeat in the US presidential elections. But we cannot, in good conscience, do nothing and say nothing, when we see the hope of peace slipping away. And I want to share practical suggestions for how to preserve and advance the prospects for the just and lasting peace that both sides deserve. NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t took approximately 20 seconds for former secretary of state John Kerry to drop the first flagrant lie in his Democratic National Convention speech … Both sides were concerned that any concessions would not be reciprocated and would come at too great a political cost. We have pushed them to comply with their basic commitments under their own prior agreements in order to advance a two state reality on the ground. How would Israel respond to a growing civil rights movement from Palestinians demanding a right to vote? The plight of many Palestinian refugees is heartbreaking, and all agree that their needs have to be addressed. And we understand that in a final status agreement, certain settlements would become part of Israel to account for the changes that have taken place over the last 49 years. Palestinians also suffered terribly in the 1948 war, including many who had lived for generations in a land that had long been their home, too. Today is National Voter Registration Day! Separate and unequal is what you would have, and nobody can explain how that works. Government employees, whistleblowers are in jail today for mishandling classified information, sometimes, you know, unintentionally. But we also made crystal clear that the president of the United States would not make a final decision about our own position until we saw the final text. US Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the Obama administration's relationship with Israel and defended the decision to abstain from a UN Security Council vote … John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic nominee, made his case for Joe Biden for president at the Democratic National Convention. Remarks delivered to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday by Sen. John … The following is a transcript of an interview with Former Secretary of State John Kerry that aired Sunday, January 12, 2020, on "Face the Nation. But most of the public either ignores it or has given up hope that anything can be done to change it. STEIN: Last two quick questions. When the law passed first reading in the Israeli Parliament in the Knesset, one of the chief proponents said proudly, and I quote, “Today, the Israeli Knesset moved from heading towards establishing a Palestinian state towards Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.”. Throughout his administration, President Obama has been deeply committed to Israel and its security. In fact, this administration has been Israel’s greatest friend and supporter with an absolutely unwavering commitment to advancing Israel’s security and protecting its legitimacy. In remarks about the path to Middle East peace, Secretary of State John Kerry says the two-state solution is in jeopardy. Today, there are a number — there are a similar number of Jews and Palestinians living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. It is in that spirit that we offer the following principles. But we could not, in good conscience, veto a resolution that condemns violence and incitement and reiterates what has been for a long time the overwhelming consensus and international view on settlements and calls for the parties to start taking constructive steps to advance the two-state solution on the ground. But Iran hates ISIL, and so do we. That is why the holy sites that are sacred to billions of people around the world must be protected and remain accessible, and the established status unmaintained. To create the conditions for meaningful negotiations. Now, I really began to reflect on what we have learned and the way ahead when I recently joined President Obama in Jerusalem fro the state funeral for Shimon Peres. KERRY: In fact just recently, the government approved a significant new settlement well east of the barrier, closer to Jordan than Israel. And both sides bear responsibility for that. Is there not a double standard going on here, that we don't care that much about --. The United States recognized Israel seven minutes after its creation. I mean literally hundreds of conversations with Prime Minister Netanyahu; I have made clear that continued settlement activity would only increase pressure for international response. To reverse the current process, the U.S. and our partners have encouraged Israel to resume the transfer of greater civil authority, the Palestinians in Area C, consistent with the transition that was called for by Oslo. Have you seen this? That history was critical to our approach to trying to find a way to resolve the conflict. And Israelis are fully justified in decrying (ph) attempts to legitimize their state question the right of a Jewish state to exist. If you read my speech, which I invite you to do, that I gave on the floor when I described the vote, I did not vote to rush to war. They are weapons that will enable these countries to be able to defend themselves, and that’s a very important ingredient of deterrence. But I want to stop donating to a refugee crisis and start seeing those people be able to go back home. Would the Israeli defense force police the streets of every single Palestinian city and town? There are currently about 2.75 million Palestinians living under military occupation in the West Bank, most of them in Areas A and B; 40 percent in the West Bank, where they have limited autonomy. It is waiting, its right there. Today, we will play a rare broadcast of that speech. This is widely accepted as well. That’s right, over 30,000 settlement units advance notwithstanding the positions in the United States and other countries. Sen. John Kerry on Thursday accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at the party convention in Boston. Would an Israeli accept living that way? Netanyahu's office replied and accused the U.S. Secretary of State of obsessing about settlements. The country will be 90 percent supportive by that point in time because they will see that it is in fact working, and it has eliminated the threat of a nuclear weapon in the Middle East. Address at COP21 Plenary Session. And that is why a team that was led by General John Allen who was here, to whom I am very grateful for his many hours of effort, along with he is one of our foremost military minds and dozens of experts who the Department of Defense and other agencies, all of them engaged extensively with the Israeli defense force in trying to find solutions that could help Israel address its legitimate security needs. Our assistance for Iron Dome has saved countless Israeli lives. Moreover, the Palestinians will never fully realize their vast potential in a homeland of their own with a one state solution. But if more and more settlers are moving into the middle of Palestinian areas, it’s going to be just that much harder to separate, that much harder to imagine transferring sovereignty. Even the Israeli attorney general has said that the draft law is unconstitutional and a violation of international law. Yet the settlement activity just increased, including advancing the unprecedented legislation to legalize settler outposts that the prime minister himself reportedly warned could expose Israel’s action at the Security Council and international prosecution before deciding to support it. STEIN: Absent of solving the civil war in Syria, which is not going to happen tomorrow, what can we do in the immediate future? And it won’t ever really be at peace. And we cannot properly defend and protect Israel if we allow a viable two-state solution to be destroyed before our own eyes. In fact, more than 1/2 of our entire global foreign military financing goes to Israel. And I apologize for being a moment late. I think 78 percent is enough for us.” As we laid Shimon to rest that day, many of us couldn’t help but wonder if peace between Israelis and Palestinians might also be buried along with one of its most eloquent champions. Transcript: Sen. John Kerry On Foreign Policy In this speech, former Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry attacks the way the Bush … KERRY: Well, what I think it underscores is the need to deal with the source. And many other coalition ministers publicly reject a Palestinian state, and they are increasingly getting their way, with plans for hundreds of new units in East Jerusalem recently announced and talk of a major new settlement building effort in the West Bank to follow. How do you handle so much volume? It puts greater pressure on Jordan, greater pressure on Lebanon, greater pressure on Turkey. delivered 12 December 2015, Le Bourget, Paris, France So the settler agenda is defining the future of Israel. Principle number one; provide for secure and recognized international borders between Israel and a viable and contiguous Palestine negotiated based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed equivalent swaps. Others want us to simply recognize a Palestinian state absent an agreement. KERRY: I am delighted. Now, in the end, we all understand that the final status agreement can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties. And remember that every U.S. administration since 1967, along with the entire international community, has recognized east Jerusalem as among the territories that Israel occupied in the Six-Day War. Not to prejudge or impose an outcome, but to provide a possible basis for serious negotiations when the parties are ready. Below is the full text of John Kerry’s … Most today has essentially been taken for exclusive use by Israel simply by unilaterally designating it as state land or including it within the jurisdiction of regional settlement councils. I was proud to call him my friend. The need to preserve the two state solution and both sides in this conflict must make response ability to do that. STEIN: So it's not like you can just cut it off cold turkey here. But if the parties could at least demonstrate that they understand the other side’s most basic needs and are potentially willing to meet them if theirs are also met at the comprehensive negotiations, perhaps then enough trust could be established to enable a meaningful progress to begin. This has been the fundamental — foundation’s principle of the two-state solution from the beginning, creating a state for the Jewish people and a state for the Palestinian people where each can achieve their national aspirations. STEIN: So you think this is largely bluster? As a practical matter, how does introducing more weapons to the region help stabilize it? But that misses a critical point, my friends; the Arab Israelis are citizens of Israel, subject to Israel’s law. I think in the northern part of Syria, some progress that has been made of late. In the countless hours that we spent working on a detailed framework, we worked through numerous formulations and developed specific bridging proposals. I'm wondering how that vote has affected your thinking about this deal and this agreement? What happens if that agenda succeeds? Or help the Gulf states handle this? STEIN: Let me ask you about that. How does the U.S. continue to defend that and still live up to our own democratic ideals? Friends need to tell each other the hard truths, and friendships require mutual respect.”. And action at the U.N. Security Council is far from unprecedented. Pacifica Radio played his speech on the air. And there is no doubt that they are prepared to have a fundamentally different relationship with Israel. But it was one where the United States has the ability to provide the most assistance. Watch a video of the interview above. We have all known for some time that the Palestinians were intent on moving forward in the U.N. With a settlements resolution and I advised the prime minister repeatedly that further settlement activity only invited U.N. action. That’s the bottom line. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites. KERRY: Well, look, I'm not going to characterize what it is or isn't, I'm just giving you my take on what the reality will be when a new president is there. Enduring extreme hardships with few opportunities, 1.3 million people out of Gaza’s population of 1.8 million are in need of daily assistance, food and shelter. There are now some 8 million people displaced within the country. I just don't see that happening. But the problem obviously goes well beyond settlements. We had 100,000 people return in Tikrit. We must not give in to those who say what is now must always be; that there is no chance for a better future. John Kerry, 27, a former Navy lieutenant, speaks to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on … STEIN: Looking forward a little bit. That's news to me. I cannot see a president willfully taking the United Nations, five other nations who supported us in this negotiation and saying, "Sorry, we're just going to walk away from this and create a more dangerous situation in the Middle East." So you got the Iran deal done, you got Cuba done -- what's next on your bucket list in your time in this office? Thank you. Reports that these intelligence reports about the state of the Islamic State campaign that we are waging is going better than it actually is. KERRY: Well it's not just that. STEIN: We've reached the domestic politics portion of this program I think. STEIN: That would be a unique common cause. This is the area where Israel and the Arab world are looking at perhaps the greatest moment of potential transformation in the Middle East since Israel’s creation in 1948. 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