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Kerry fears Israeli-Palestinian conflict may 'spin out of control'

US Secretary of State John Kerry fears that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is on the verge of being beyond repair, following meetings with leaders from both sides in Jerusalem.

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Wednesday that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is at a "pivotal point" and could worsen beyond repair unless both sides make rapid compromises.

 

 

"As you know, we're very concerned about the violence and the potential for the situation to spin out of control," Kerry told reporters as he arrived home in Boston after visiting leaders from both sides in Jerusalem.

 

US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin after they each spoke briefly to members of the media at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, November 24, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)
US Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin after they each spoke briefly to members of the media at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, November 24, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)
 

 

"Over these past months we have been encouraging the parties to take affirmative steps to reduce tensions and demonstrate a genuine commitment to a two state solution.

 

"I think we may be reaching a pivotal point now where both sides have important decisions to make for the future and we obviously hope that they make choices that will advance the prospects for lasting peace."

 

US Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas upon his arrival to the West Bank city of Ramallah, 24 November 2015.
US Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas upon his arrival to the West Bank city of Ramallah, 24 November 2015.

 

Kerry met with both Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday in Jerusalem and Ramallah to urge both to take steps to calm tensions after a spate of unrest.

 

But he left without a concrete breakthrough and said he would continue to press both leaders on the issue in coming weeks.

 


פרסום ראשון: 11.25.15, 17:55
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