Kerry says one-state solution is 'not viable option'

US Secretary of State warns Israel that possible collapse of Palestine would threaten security

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US Secretary of State John Kerry told a group gathered in Washington, DC on Saturday (December 5) that the next round of talks aimed at ending the Syrian civil war will be held in New York later this month

Updated Dec 7, 2015

The United States Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Israel on the danger of a possible collapse of Palestine, letting it ignored would threaten the security of Israel.

"If there is a risk that the PA [Palestinian Authority] could collapse - and it is in Israel's interest for it to in fact survive, as the prime minister suggested - should more therefore not be done to help sustain it?" said Kerry, speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC on Saturday.

Kerry stressed, if Israel will not accept a two-state solution it would make Israel in perpetual occupation position which would be rejected by Palestinians and the international community.

"The one-state solution is no solution at all for a secure, Jewish, democratic Israel living in peace. It is simply not a viable option,” he said.

He called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stick to his commitment on the two-state solution and engage in dialogue with Palestinians.

"It is important that that not become a slogan, not become a throw-away phrase, that it becomes a policy, which is what it is meant to be," he said.

Netanyahu rejected a “two-state solution” on Sunday saying Israel was not heading towards becoming a "binational state."

"But in order to have peace, the other side needs to decide that it wants peace as well," Netanyahu said.

Kerry criticised the Israeli's ongoing expansion of Jewish settlements in areas that anger Palestinians. He noted that Palestinians were prevented from construction activity in Area C of the occupied West Bank.

Remarks by a top US envoy came a week after he met with Palestinian and Israeli leaders in Ramallah and Jerusalem.

Kerry cited that in his last meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, he stated that Palestinians were despondent for their future.

He "spoke more despairingly, my friends, than I have ever heard him, about the sense of hopelessness that the Palestinian people feel," Kerry said.

At the same time, Kerry told the conference that the Palestinian leadership must do more to prevent anti-Israel violence.

Since Oct. 1, stabbings, car-rammings and shootings between Israeli-Palestinian people have killed 21 Israelis and a United States citizen and an Eritrean. Meanwhile, at least 112 Palestinians have been killed in the same period.