WASHINGTON (AP) â€” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Israel on Saturday approximately the dangers of the possible collapse of the Palestinian Authority, saying it would lead to a situation that would threaten the security of Israel & the Palestinian people.
Kerry told a conference at the Brookings Institution that the Palestinian leadership must do more to prevent & combat anti-Israel violence. But he moreover said Israeli leaders should not allow the Palestinian Authority to disintegrate. If that were to happen, Kerry said, Israel would be forced to assume all governance in the West Bank & potentially accept a one-state solution that would compromise Israel's future as a democratic, Jewish state.
While condemning the recent surge in anti-Israel violence by Palestinians, Kerry said calls from some Israeli politicians to let Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' administration wither are counter-productive & self-defeating for Israel.
p>Kerry lamented the fact that Israel continues to approve new construction in Jewish settlements in areas that the Palestinians claim as part of a future state while denying construction permits for Palestinian projects on territory that would be subject to negotiation in an eventual peace deal.
He urged both Israeli & Palestinian leaders to recommit to the concept of a negotiated two-state solution in order to donate both peoples, yet particularly the Palestinians, hope that a resolution to the long-running conflict is at least possible.
He noted that during a recent trip to Ramallah, Abbas had told him that the level of Palestinian despair approximately the future was inevitable. At the same time, Kerry said the Palestinian leadership must do more to clamp down on & end incitement against Israel & Israelis.
Kerry said both sides need to take urgent steps to renew a dialogue.
"If you are not sitting down, if all you are doing is hurling invective at each other on a daily basis, there is no prayer of beginning that kind of conversation," he said. "That's the problem today."
Source: “Associated Press”