John Kerry, the Former USA Secretary of State thinks that the Israeli government is not doing its part to foster peace with the Palestinians.
In recordings published earlier this week by an Israeli TV news station, John Kerry celebrates the Palestinians to a peaceful solution to the decades-long conflict.
According to the Israeli Channel 10, the recording is from a conference last year in Dubai attended by some of the Middle East's most influential policymakers.
It is unclear if Kerry knew he was being recorded or not.
Kerry says, "The Palestinians have done an extraordinary job of remaining committed to non-violence." He adds, "When intifada took place in 2015, they delivered non-violence in the West Bank."
"This is overlooked by the general Israeli populations because they don't consider it as a topic of discussion," Kerry continues.
"Why? Because the majority of the cabinet currently in the Israeli government has publicly declared they are not ever for a Palestinian state."
In an hour-long speech in December 2016, Kerry said, "Friends need to tell each other the hard truths, and friendships require mutual respect,”
The speech drew rapid fire condemnation from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and many members of Congress from both parties, including Senator John McCain and Senator Chuck Schumer.
The speech came three years after a failed round of peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders organized by Kerry.
This week’s released recordings add to Kerry’s past comments regarding Israel.
Specifically, the former Secretary of State does not believe Israel is exhibiting leadership in its handling of the situation.
“If you see 40,000 kids marching up to the wall every day with signs saying, ‘Give us our rights,’ I mean I don’t think Palestine is going to be immune forever to the civil rights movements that have swept other nations in the world and somehow Israel’s ignoring this. That’s not leadership,” Kerry said.