Kerry Lectures Netanyahu: ‘You’re Affecting the Ability to Make Peace’

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at the US embassy on March 05, 2014 in Paris, France. Negotiations between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov ended without agreement on Wednesday, pressuring the EU to act against the Kremlin with …
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The Jerusalem Post reports: WASHINGTON – In his final public remarks as secretary of state, John Kerry called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a friend. But he had a message for the Israeli leader that he explained he has repeatedly offered in private.

“You’re affecting the ability to make peace,” he said. “You’re changing the peace map, and you’re doing it unilaterally. And if you continue to do that, you’re going to have trouble also with us, because our credibility is on the line – we can’t say we’re against settlements and then turn around and turn away from an effort to try to do something about it.”

The outgoing statesman spoke with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who, in their short time on stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos, focused his questions heavily on the issues of climate change and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kerry’s responses were familiar: His only major foreign policy address since the November presidential election has been on this topic, and he is repeatedly pressed on Israel policy, including by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour this week.

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