Kerry: With volatile Middle East, achieving peace is more necessary than ever

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 17, 2014 07:03
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Achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians is more critical than ever, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday during remarks at at White House ceremony for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

"I think that it is more critical than ever that we be fighting for peace, and I think it is more necessary than ever...As I went around and met with people in the course of our discussions about the ISIL coalition, the truth is we – there wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians," Kerry said.

The US leader continued as said that in order to achieve peace, both sides must make compromises.

"So what we need to do is recognize that we need to build peace through specific partnerships. One partnership is specifically the effort to try to drive towards this peace, to have a compromise, to find a way to create two states that can live together side by side, two peoples, with both of their aspirations being respected. I still believe that’s possible, and I still believe we need to work towards it," he said.

Kerry continued and noted that it is not too late for talks to restart.

"We also need to figure out how – and I think what’s happening in Iraq is an interesting beginning of that, where Daesh has kind of drawn a line and made people stop and think, and Sunni and Shia are beginning to realize there’s a common problem out there and there is a way to try to work together. And the new government gives a breath of fresh air to that possibility that that could happen."


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