Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a speech on Wednesday outlining the administration's plan for for peace in the Middle East.
During the address--which clocked in at over an hour--Kerry largely chastised Israel and defended the administration's decision not to block a controversial U.N resolution that labeled Israeli settlements in the West Bank and and East Jerusalem illegal. The Secretary of State claimed the administration chose to abstain from voting in order to save the "two-state solution."
"That is what we are trying to preserve for our sake and (Israel's)," Kerry said. "We reject the criticism that this vote abandons Israel."
In addition, Kerry admonished those who supported the so-called "one state solution", saying that a united Israel cannot be both Jewish and Democratic.
"The truth is that trends on the ground, violence, terrorism, settlement expansion and the seemingly endless occupation, they are combining to destroy hopes for peace on both sides and increasingly cementing any reversible -- an irreversible one state reality that most people do not actually want," Kerry said. "Today, there are a similar number of Jews and Palestinians living between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean Sea. They have a choice. They can choose to live together in one state or they can separate into two states. But here is a fundamental reality. If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic—it cannot be both. And it won't ever really be at peace." (emphasis added)
Kerry's statements are likely to rankle supporters of Israel.
Check out the moment below: