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Israel: Kerry has paid 'lip-service to the unremitting campaign of terrorism' - Netanyahu02:15

Israel: Kerry has paid 'lip-service to the unremitting campaign of terrorism' - Netanyahu

Israel, Jerusalem
December 29, 2016 at 00:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly criticised the outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry's speech calling it "deeply disappointing to millions of Israelis," during a press statement at his office in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

"In a speech ostensibly about peace between Israelis and Palestinians, Secretary Kerry paid lip-service to the unremitting campaign of terrorism that has been waged by the Palestinians against the Jewish state for nearly a century," stated the Israeli leader.

Netanyahu's comments came after Kerry had stated that the US vote in the United Nations Security Council's (UNSC) resolution to demand an end to the building of illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory "was about preserving the two-state solution."

Netanyahu said: "What he did was to spend most of his speech blaming Israel for the lack of peace, by passionately condemning a policy of enabling Jews to live in their historic homeland and in their eternal capital Jerusalem."

He continued, "Israel does not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders. Israel's hand has been extended in peace to its neighbours from day one, from its very first day." Netanyahu also expressed his willingness to work with president-elect Trump, and called on the future US-leader "to mitigate the damage that this resolution has done and ultimately to repeal it."

Earlier on Wednesday, Kerry stressed that the two-state solution is "the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians." He also denied the speculation that the US had "abandoned" Israel, saying that "it is not this resolution that is isolating Israel; it is the permanent policy of settlement construction that risks making peace impossible."

The UN Security Council successfully passed a resolution demanding Israel put an end to the building of illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory following a vote on December 23. Breaking from previous practice of vetoing, the US abstained from voting, allowing the resolution to be passed through the Security Council.

Israel: Kerry has paid 'lip-service to the unremitting campaign of terrorism' - Netanyahu02:15
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly criticised the outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry's speech calling it "deeply disappointing to millions of Israelis," during a press statement at his office in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

"In a speech ostensibly about peace between Israelis and Palestinians, Secretary Kerry paid lip-service to the unremitting campaign of terrorism that has been waged by the Palestinians against the Jewish state for nearly a century," stated the Israeli leader.

Netanyahu's comments came after Kerry had stated that the US vote in the United Nations Security Council's (UNSC) resolution to demand an end to the building of illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory "was about preserving the two-state solution."

Netanyahu said: "What he did was to spend most of his speech blaming Israel for the lack of peace, by passionately condemning a policy of enabling Jews to live in their historic homeland and in their eternal capital Jerusalem."

He continued, "Israel does not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders. Israel's hand has been extended in peace to its neighbours from day one, from its very first day." Netanyahu also expressed his willingness to work with president-elect Trump, and called on the future US-leader "to mitigate the damage that this resolution has done and ultimately to repeal it."

Earlier on Wednesday, Kerry stressed that the two-state solution is "the only way to achieve a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians." He also denied the speculation that the US had "abandoned" Israel, saying that "it is not this resolution that is isolating Israel; it is the permanent policy of settlement construction that risks making peace impossible."

The UN Security Council successfully passed a resolution demanding Israel put an end to the building of illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory following a vote on December 23. Breaking from previous practice of vetoing, the US abstained from voting, allowing the resolution to be passed through the Security Council.