John Kerry: Two-state ‘peace solution in jeopardy’

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US-Israel relations

John Kerry: Two-state 'peace solution in jeopardy',

US secretary of state outlines vision for peace between Israel and Palestine weeks ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration.

How the U.S. came to abstain on a U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements,

For the moment, at least, according to senior Obama administration officials who discussed the road to the president’s decision on the condition of anonymity, the administration takes some satisfaction in that the issue of settlements and the perceived risk they pose to an eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace deal is back on the international agenda.

Occupation/Human rights

Opinion: After the UN, the EU must lead the way on Israeli settlements,

“Resolution 2334 should be seen as a belated step towards mobilizing the international consensus. But to give it any real effect, states will need to build on the resolution with a view to making it operational. The EU is best positioned to do so,” writes Hugh Lovatt.

UK officials say they were behind UN settlements vote — report,

While Netanyahu points finger at Obama, London says move was part of new strategy by PM May.

Palestinian president believes peace with Israel is achievable: spokesman,

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responded to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Middle East speech in Washington on Wednesday by saying he was convinced peace with Israel was achievable, but continuing to demand that Israel halt settlement building before talks restarted.

Opinion: Mr. Kerry, the 2-state solution isn’t at risk, it’s already dead,

“What made Kerry remember now, just three weeks before he leaves his post, to preach to the Israeli public on the danger of settlements? About how continued construction in the settlements is inconsistent with two-state solution?” asks Avi Issacharoff.

Construction of solo Jewish building in East Jerusalem gets the nod,

The Jerusalem municipality approved construction of a Jewish-owned building in the Arab neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Israeli politics

5 Israeli Politicians Trying to Score Points off UNSC Anti-Settlement Resolution,

“Israel is in an uproar over last week’s United Nations Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements, which the United States greenlighted by withholding its veto. But as Israeli politicians from the hard right to center-left condemn the resolution, some are finding a silver lining: scoring political points with the voting public,” writes Naomi Zeveloff.

Bill barring national service at left-wing NGOs passes first Knesset vote,

Likud-proposed legislation comes after Israeli human rights group B’Tselem criticizes Israel’s settlement policy at UN.

Bennett: We'll declare sovereignty over Ma'ale Adumim,

Speaking in an interview with Ynet, the Bayit Yehudi leader said that with the inauguration of President-elect Trump next month, ‘Palestine will be taken off the agenda,’ Israeli law will be imposed over ‘Jewish areas in Judea and Samaria’; MK Oren: ‘Kerry still lives in the 90s.’