Kerry: It's in the US interest for Israel to maintain a lasting peace

December 28, 2016 18:29

US Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a speech at a news conference on Wednesday.

The secretary spoke on the future prospects of a two-state solution and overall Middle East peace in the region.  Kerry began the conference by wishing those in attendance a "merry Christmas" and a "happy Hanukkah.

"Throughout this administration, [US] President Barack Obama has been devoted to" making peace in the Middle East," Kerry said.

"The two-state solution is the only way to arrive at a just and lasting peace," Kerry insisted, adding that the United States has a vested interest in protecting the "Jewish and democratic state" of Israel, while seeking to maintain a lasting peace with its neighbors.

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