WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Monday said Israelis and Palestinians should support the two-state peace initiative he is championing to achieve their aspirations and security goals.
Kerry, appearing before the American Jewish Committee in Washington, called for Israel to accept the risk of a peace deal with Palestinians because the consequences of not doing so would be worse.
“Israel will be left to choose between being a Jewish state or a democratic state, but it will not be able to fulfill the founders’ visions of being both at once,” he said.
The status quo is not sustainable, he told the group, a leading advocate for Israel.
"I heard all the arguments for why it’s too difficult to solve the conflict ... cynicism has never solved anything," he said. "It has never given birth to a state, and won’t.”