Former US secretary of state John Kerry has said Israel doesn’t have any plans to make peace with Palestinians، while hailing the “extraordinary” job Palestinians have been doing to reduce tensions, according to PressTV.
“The Palestinians have done an extraordinary job of remaining committed to nonviolence،” Kerry is heard saying in a speech published by Israeli media، Newsweek reported Sunday.
In the hour-long speech in December 2016، Kerry—still as secretary of state—rebuked the Israel for being unproductive in recent peace talks.
“When the Intifada took place [in 2015] they (Palestinians) delivered non-violence in the West Bank،” he said.
“This is overlooked by the general [Israeli] populations because it is not a topic of discussion،” Kerry continues. “Why? Because the majority of the [Israeli cabinet] has publicly declared they are not ever for a Palestinian state.”
The recordings is reportedly from a conference in Dubai attended by some of the Middle East’s most influential policymakers. It was not clear if Kerry knew he was being recorded، the report added.