(JNS.org) If a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not reached soon, Israel risks becoming an “apartheid state,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, The Daily Beast reported Sunday.
“A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative,” Kerry said, according to a recording The Daily Beast obtained of remarks he made at a closed meeting of the Trilateral Commission. “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.”
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 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) called Kerry’s remarks “deeply troubling.”
“Any suggestion that Israel is, or is at risk of becoming, an apartheid state is offensive and inappropriate,” AIPAC said in a statement. “The Jewish state is a shining light for freedom and opportunity in a region plagued by terror, hate and oppression.”