In a speech at the State Department on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry defended the U.N. resolution, to which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded with harsh criticism.
“I am compelled to respond today that the United States did in fact vote in accordance with our values,” Kerry stated.
In his speech, Kerry rejected the notion “that this vote abandons Israel,” and instead went on to say that “no American administration has done more for Israel’s security than Barack Obama’s.”
Kerry cited the U.S. government’s long history of defending Israel, and said the “bottom line” of the vote in the U.N. was about “preserving the two-state solution” and preserving Israel’s future.
A portion of Kerry’s remarks can be heard below:
Throughout this whole ordeal, Netanyahu, those close to him, and those who are pro-Israel have accused Kerry and Obama of stabbing the Jewish state in the back.
In live broadcast on Israeli TV following Kerry’s remarks, Netanyahu trashed Kerry’s speech.
“For a full hour, the secretary of state attacked the only democracy in the Middle East,” Netanyahu said.
He then asked, “How can you make peace with someone who rejects your very existence?”
The Israeli prime minister said this conflict is much more than the building of settlements, but instead about “Israel’s very right to exist” and the Palestinian’s refusal to recognize this.
A portion of Netanyahu’s remarks can be heard below:
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