Now, let’s look at what’s happened since then. Israelis are rightfully concerned about making sure that there is not a new terrorist haven right next door to them, often referencing what’s happened with Gaza, and we understand that and we believe there are ways to meet those needs of security. We know this is a big challenge. As part of a comprehensive resolution, they must be provided with compensation; their suffering must be acknowledged and there must be the need to have options and assistance in finding permanent homes. Whenever and wherever its legitimacy was attacked, and we have fought for its inclusion across the U.N. system. … No sanctions, and losing our currently hard-won unity of the P5+1 and the rest of the world. All of the land is Palestine. Because that is really what is at stake. We absolutely have to. We also strongly reject the notion that somehow the United States was the driving force behind this resolution. STEIN: I'm going to ask you a question that's a lot more controversial than a presidential run. And I’m looking forward to seeing Tom Brady and the Patriots against Pittsburgh on the 10th. There are important issues that are not sufficiently addressed or even addressed at all. Where does that lead? 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. That was the modern beginning. Thank you. They fail to recognize that this friend, the United States of America, that has done more to support Israel than any other country, this friend that has blocked countless efforts to delegitimize Israel, cannot be true to our own values or even the stated democratic values of Israel. And yet, despite the urgency of these needs, Hamas and other militant groups continue to rearm and to vert reconstruction materials to build tunnels, threatening more attacks on Israeli civilians that no government can tolerate. As a general matter, do you think we overclassify? Because there really is no viable alternative. That’s right, over 30,000 settlement units advance notwithstanding the positions in the United States and other countries. But to be clear, there was absolutely nothing new in last week’s resolution on that issue. 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. 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.”. STEIN: Did you see that picture of the 3-year-old Syrian boy this morning, by any chance? No inspections. And we may not be able to stop them, but we cannot be expected to defend them. 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. And much progress can be made in advance of negotiations that can lay the foundation for negotiations as contemplated by the Oslo process. I think that's pretty good, considering the amount of money that's been spent with myths being promulgated. That's to be able to know that in fact there is an efficient implementation process that you can rely on. KERRY: And despite statements by President Abbas and his party’s leaders, making clear their opposition of violence, too often they send a different message by failing to condemn specific terrorist attacks and naming public square, streets and schools after terrorists. Address at COP21 Plenary Session. I’m also here to share my conviction that there is still a way forward if the responsible parties are willing to act. Isn't there a bit of a mixed message there? Now, you may hear that these remote settlements aren’t a problem because they only take up a very small percentage of the land. KERRY: In fact just recently, the government approved a significant new settlement well east of the barrier, closer to Jordan than Israel. That is for them to decide, that’s how we work. For Israel, this must also bring broader peace with all of its Arab neighbors. Now balancing those requirements was among the most important challenges that we faced in the negotiations. 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. Why does this matter? Thank you very, very much. KERRY: No, I haven't yet. It is the only way to ensure Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state, living in peace and security with its neighbors. We have consistently condemned all violence and terrorism, and we have strongly opposed unilateral efforts to delegitimize Israel in the international forum. 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. Transcript: Kerry Testifies Before Senate Panel, 1971 A transcript of John Kerry's statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April … John Kerry delivered a speech on Middle East peace at the U.S. Department of State on Dec. 28. Would the Israeli defense force police the streets of every single Palestinian city and town? 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. 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 … Each time the Iraqis had now gone forward in an offensive effort together with allies, the coalition. What would happen then? They just don’t believe it can happen. So that everyone can move ahead to a new era of peaceful coexistence and cooperation. STEIN: Thank you very much, Mr. Secretary. The Helen Keller You Didn't Learn About in School, Ma Rainey's Impact on Music, Fashion and Sexuality, The Ultimate Harry Potter Fan Quiz: Find Out Which House You Truly Belong In. Along with our quartet partners, we have called on Israel to end the policy of settlement construction and expansion, of taking land for exclusive Israeli use and denying Palestinian development. We have seen the Ramadi effort, campaign, begin and begin to make some progress indeed. 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. And I know that President Obama was as well. They are weapons that will enable these countries to be able to defend themselves, and that’s a very important ingredient of deterrence. KERRY: Because Iran is significantly opposed to their activity. My job above all is to defend the United States of America, to stand up for and defend our values and our interests in the world. (Coughs.) SAM STEIN: Thank you, first of all, for joining us. 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. I've been working on the climate change issue for years, since I was in the Senate. Many by individuals who have been radicalized by social media. Not to prejudge or impose an outcome, but to provide a possible basis for serious negotiations when the parties are ready. Let me say it again, there is absolutely no justification for terrorism and there never will be. Marwan has obviously been one of the most articulate advocates of political and economic reform in … But we cannot, in good conscience, do nothing and say nothing, when we see the hope of peace slipping away. You also have 20 years of televised tracking of production of their bellows and rotors, which are critical elements of their centrifuges. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. That's what you're talking about. Thank you. I have a grandchild that age. Today is National Voter Registration Day! Everyone understands that no Israeli government can ever accept an agreement that does not satisfy it security needs or risk creating an enduring threadlike Gaza transferred to the West Bank. KERRY: In the end, we could not, in good conscience, protect the most extreme elements of the settler movement as it tries to destroy the two state solution. 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. 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. But one of the judgments that can be made to date is that there is no evidence that something was transmitted that was classified at the time. In which case, the Iranian government is going to have to answer for that. KERRY: Happy Hanukkah. Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter. I thought there was a rush to war, contrary to what had been promised in terms of exhausting the remedies. 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. SHARE. Nearly 70 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 finally paved the way to making the state of Israel a reality. 'This Week' Transcript: Sec. But roughly half of the country is opposed to it, and virtually every Republican presidential candidate says they're going to rip it up when they get into office. So it is vital that we have an honest, clear-eyed conversation about the uncomfortable truths and difficult choices. The full transcript of a speech on Middle East peace delivered by US Secretary John Kerry at the State Department in Washington, DC, on December 28, 2016. I’m curious, what is your biggest worry about the implementation of the deal, specifically? For the eight years of the obama/biden administration, we led by example. STEIN: Looking forward a little bit. You would not. It is not in U.S. interests to help anyone on either side create a unitary state. VOA Persian Service's Setareh Derakhshesh on Monday conducted an interview with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department. This is about how we make peace with the Palestinians in the future, but preserve the capacity to do so. Do you have information you want to share with HuffPost? Time and again we have demonstrated that we have Israel’s back. I'm thrilled. The U.S. abstained from voting on the resolution, and elected not to veto it after it passed 14 to 0. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. And that is exactly the outcome that some are purposefully accelerating. 08/27/2008 09:44 PM EDT. Many settlements actually increase the security burden on the Israeli defense forces and leaders of the settler movement are motivated by ideological imperatives that entirely ignore legitimate Palestinian aspirations. What can we be doing to make this --. I don’t think most people in Israel and certainly in the world, have any idea how broad and systematic the process has become, but the facts speak for themselves. Now, we all understand that Israel faces extraordinarily serious threats in a very tough neighborhood and the Israelis are very correct in making sure that there is not a terrorist haven right on their border. And both Israel and the PLO referenced Resolution 181 in their respective declarations of independence. It may be that we have to set up some sort of a refugee camp structure for the time being in order to deal with it. We’ve never questioned that. That is the future that everybody should be working for. Obama told the story of his … This agreement is very specific in what it requires people to do. Text of John Kerry’s farewell speech. STEIN: So it's not like you can just cut it off cold turkey here. Important conversations are happening now. STEIN: Have the Israelis expressed openness to collaborating with Gulf states that have traditionally not been exactly the warmest to Israel? STEIN: It's funner to do that than run for president. And we have stressed that the Hamas arms build up and militant activities in Gaza must stop. So we have to finish it. And I regretted that vote as a result because I thought it was abused. That history was critical to our approach to trying to find a way to resolve the conflict. Would you be interested in running for president? Now Jerusalem is the most sensitive issue for both sides. KERRY: It has to move by administrative order and that makes it very difficult. Because the alternative that is fast becoming the reality on the ground is in nobody’s interest — not the Israelis, not the Palestinians, not the region, and not the United States. 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. So why are we so concerned? In the end, I believe the negotiations did not fail because the gaps were too wide, but because the level of trust was too low. Both sides continue to push a narrative that plays to people’s fears and reinforces the worst stereotypes, rather than working to change perceptions and buildup belief in the possibility of peace. 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. We are joined now by Secretary of State John Kerry. That shows an inexplicable ambivalence. The international community can provide significant support and assistance. We had 100,000 people return in Tikrit. STEIN: So there wasn't anything redemptive about this that we wanted to pursue diplomacy even further than 2002 when we rushed to war? Just a few questions. Part of HuffPost Politics. 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. Obviously you have to create a structure so those people aren't so desperate. You think it's almost impractical. KERRY: I think we have made progress in certain places. STEIN: We are coming upon the year anniversary of the president declaring war on the Islamic State. Ultimately, it will be up to the Israeli people to decide whether the unusually heated attacks that Israeli officials have directed towards this administration best serve Israel’s national interests and its relationship with an ally that has been steadfast in its support, as I described. STEIN: You've been on both sides of this -- legislative branch, executive branch. Well, again and again we have made it clear it’s not just a question of the overall amount of land available in the West Bank; it’s whether the land can be connected or is broken up into small parcels like Swiss cheese that could never constitute a real state. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the commencement address to Northeastern University's 2016 graduating class at TD Garden arena in Boston. STEIN: Before we get to that -- the president has made the case that the same people who voted for the Iraq War are essentially inviting a war with Iran by opposing this deal. Here’s how. Hamas and other radical factions are responsible for the most explicit forms of incitement to violence. No children, Israeli or Palestinian, should have to live like that. KERRY: I have not seen this. But if information came in to somebody's BlackBerry or on somebody's email that wasn't classified, and then was later classified in the system, that's a whole different ballgame. I think the president understands that, I understand that. Below is the full transcript from the Sept. 3 interview. 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. We have consistently supported Israel’s right to defend itself by itself, including during actions Gaza that sparked great controversy. Excuse me. My friends, that story was not written last week. And that commitment has guided his pursuit of peace in the Middle East. Many have shown a willingness to support serious Israel-Palestinian negotiations, and to take steps on the path to normalization to relations, including public meetings, providing there is meaningful progress towards the two state solution. And this fall we concluded an historic $38 billion memorandum of understanding that exceeds any military assistance package the United States has provided to any country at any time. The United States recognized Israel seven minutes after its creation. This resolution in no manner prejudges the outcome of permanent status negotiations on east Jerusalem, which must, of course, reflect those historic ties and the realities on the ground. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. Whistleblowing on that is about classified information. My responsibility is to get the emails out of here as rapidly as possible so people can make judgments about them. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the following remarks Aug. 30 at the State Department on the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. The Israeli prime minister publicly supports a two- state solution. Have you seen this? KERRY: I mean, it's such a disturbing and provocative picture, in so many ways. In the midst of our own financial crisis and budget deficits, we repeatedly increased funding to support Israel. So, let me stress here, again, none of the steps that I just talked about would negatively impact Israel’s security. Secure .gov websites use HTTPS. And I believe that in this case, we had an obligation to exhaust the possibility of a diplomatic solution with Iran before we start heading down a road towards inevitable conflict. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites. I guess the 34th vote is not the final element here. KERRY: But the fact is, a lot of polls show that the country actually supports it, and there's a fairly even divide. They have to be provided with temporary housing, and the capacity to be fed. Despite our best efforts, over the years, the two state solution are now in serious jeopardy. John Kerry. No one thinking seriously about peace can ignore the reality of what the settlements pose to that peace. Transcript: Sen. John Kerry On Foreign Policy In this speech, former Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry attacks the way the Bush … Transcript of John Kerry's Concession Speech Nov. 3, 2004 !Following is a transcript of Senator John Kerry's concession speech yesterday in Boston, as recorded by The New York Times: 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." And that resolution did not mention incitement or violence. And both sides bear responsibility for that. 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. And their stated purpose is clear. Others want us to simply recognize a Palestinian state absent an agreement. Far too often the Palestinians have pursued efforts to delegitimize Israel in international forum. And the deep public skepticism only made it more difficult for them to be able to take risks. How does the U.S. continue to defend that and still live up to our own democratic ideals? We listened while month after month we were told the back of the enemy was about to break. And the president, unfortunately, because of the reluctance of some members of Congress to even believe it's happening, has to move by administrative order. Have you seen these --. 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. Today, the 60 percent of the West Bank known as Area C, much of which was supposed to be transferred to Palestinian control long ago under the Oslo accords, much of it is effectively off limits to Palestinian development. We were the only administration since 1967 that had not allowed any resolution to pass that Israel opposed. This is a time to stand up for what is right. KERRY: [Laughter) You want me to comment? I’ve also seen the devastation of war in the Gaza strip where Palestinian girls and (inaudible) of that (ph) rubble (ph) played in the rubble of a bombed-out building. 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. So I think what we will find here is a unique, newly developing security architecture for that region, that will see Israel and Arab countries actually in common cause to have a kind of barrier against this kind of Iranian activity. * The request timed out and you did not successfully sign up. We have made countless public and private exhortations to the Israelis to stop the march of settlements. Advancing the process of separation now in a serious way could make a significant difference in saving the two state solution and in building confidence in the citizens of both sides that peace is indeed possible. 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. The Sunni tribes are joining and beginning to pick up the fight. President Clinton deserves great credit for laying out extensive parameters designed to bridge gaps in advanced final status negotiations 16 years ago. Senator John Kerry's speech at Faneuil Hall in Boston after conceding defeat in the US presidential elections. Well, ask yourselves these questions. Read John Kerry's Full Speech on Israeli Settlements and a Two-State Solution. ... former Secretary of State John Kerry, who`s going to join us. Illinois Senate candidate Barack Obama gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday. By. This article is more than 7 years old. We have long known what two-states, living side by side and peace and security looks like. KERRY: In fact, this resolution simply reaffirms statements made by the Security Council on the legality of settlements over several decades. The following is the State Department’s transcript of Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks at the 2016 Saban Forum in Washington, DC, on December 4, 2016. In the countless hours that we spent working on a detailed framework, we worked through numerous formulations and developed specific bridging proposals. On my first trip to Israel as a young senator in 1986, I was captivated by a special country, one that I immediately admired and soon grew to love. There are now some 8 million people displaced within the country. But the problem obviously goes well beyond settlements. 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. They’re often located on private Palestinian land and strategically placed in locations that make two states impossible. 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 … Thank you for your … And by that I mean, you know, we won't be able to further crack down on their regional instability, their funding of terrorism because they'll turn around and they'll say, 'Well that's violating the spirit of the deal,' and they might back out. That was why I went to Alaska and we had the meetings with our fellow foreign ministers there. KERRY: Well, it's very tricky because, I mean, there’s a massive amount of overclassification. And Israel must be able to defend itself effectively, including against terrorism and other regional threats. John Kerry Statement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Vietnam Transcript Audio Video ... along with RFK’s Day of Affirmation speech-- was added to the Top 100 Speeches of the 20 th Century index in May of 2014 to reflect accurately that list’s modification by its original authors. Like previous U.S. administrations, we have committed our influence and our resources to trying to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict because yes, it would serve American interests to stabilize a volatile region, and fulfill America’s commitment to the survival, security and well-being of an Israel, at peace with its Arab neighbors. KERRY: No, here's the difference, Sam, and I think there is a real difference here, and I think people need to focus in very carefully on it. But I want to stop donating to a refugee crisis and start seeing those people be able to go back home. The party called on all speakers to tone down anti-George Bush rhetoric, hoping to prevent … They have a choice. Our assistance for Iron Dome has saved countless Israeli lives. So it was a bad vote. We are here tonight because we … Separate and unequal is what you would have, and nobody can explain how that works. Trends indicate a comprehensive effort to take the West Bank land for Israel and prevent any Palestinian development there. You can unsubscribe at any time. ISIL is a danger. And for the sake of future generations of Israelis and Palestinians, for all the people of the region, for the United States, for all those around the world who have prayed for and worked for peace for generations, let’s hope that we are all prepared, and particularly Israelis and Palestinians, to make those choices now. The Arab peace initiative also envisions enhanced security for all of the region. Just between us and these cameras: You're running, right? STEIN: How would you categorize our progress a year in? In Turkey, we have refugee camps. Listen In 1971 speech, John Kerry spoke of the monster created by the Vietnam War. KERRY: It will indeed be unique, but I think that's very much in the air right now. But I want to make clear today, these are not the choices that we will make. 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. I know we are prepared to do that, including and raising money to help ensure the compensation and other needs of the refugees are met. We must not give in to those who say what is now must always be; that there is no chance for a better future. KERRY: I am delighted. I mean, Germany's taking 800,000. And action at the U.N. Security Council is far from unprecedented. STEIN: So you think this is largely bluster? 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. The kids had 15 seconds to get to after a warning siren went off. So are you happy that the suspension has been lifted? Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. We've come here, not to the President, because we believe that this body can be responsive to the will of the people; and we believe that the will of the people says that we should be out of Vietnam now. EMAIL. STEIN: Obviously. Transcript type. Below are the remarks of Sen. John Kerry as delivered to the Democratic National Convention on September 6, 2012: Thank you. 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