Former US Secretary of state John Kerry has said that the Israeli occupation state does not want peace, warning it could face Palestinian uprising if it did not change its stance.
In recordings published by the Israeli TV Channel 10 on Tuesday, America’s former top diplomat can be heard praising the Palestinian Authority’s commitment to nonviolence following a wave of an uprising started in October 2015.
“The Palestinians have done an extraordinary job of remaining committed to nonviolence. And in fact, when the [knife] intifada took place they delivered non-violence in the West Bank,” Kerry is heard saying in the recording.
“This is overlooked by the general [Israeli] population because it is not a topic of discussion. Why? Because the majority of the cabinet currently in the current Israeli government has publicly declared they are not ever for a Palestinian state,” he adds.
Channel 10 said the recording was made at a conference in Dubai in the past year attended by Middle East leaders and the Chief of the Israeli Arab Joint List Parliamentarian Bloc Ayman Odeh. The television channel also said opposition leader Isaac Herzog addressed the conference by video.
Kerry warned in the recording that frustrations among Palestinians could boil over into violence and that the current status quo cannot last.
“If you see 40,000 kids marching up to the wall everyday with signs saying ‘give us our rights,’ I mean, I do not think Palestine is going to be immune forever to the civil rights movements that have swept other nations in the world,” he says.
Despite this, Kerry said Israel is ignoring the threat posed by the diplomatic stalemate. “That is not leadership,” says Kerry.
“If you do not have leaders who do not want to make peace, if the equation does not change, I will be amazed if within the next 10 years if we do not see some young [Palestinian] leader come along who says we have tried non-violence for the last 30 years and look, it has not gotten us anything,” he says.
Beginning in 2013, Kerry led a major round of peace talks, which ultimately collapsed in April 2014 due to the persistence of the Israeli occupation to continue expansion of the illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.
Prior to leaving his post, Kerry gave a speech outlining his vision for future peace talks in which he criticised Israel over its settlement policies, saying they endanger the possibility of reaching a two-state solution.