During a farewell speech at the State Department, Kerry explained the decision in his most extensive terms yet. He said the U.S. could not “in good conscience” stand in the way of a resolution he said makes clear “both sides must act now to preserve the possibility of peace.”
“We did not take this decision lightly,” Kerry said.
The U.S. abstention on the U.N. Security Council resolution calling Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem a violation of international law allowed the measure to pass – and sent the already-turbulent relationship between the Obama and Netanyahu governments into its rockiest stretch yet.
Kerry said Wednesday the decision was about preserving a two-state solution, which he called the only way to a “just and lasting peace.”
But he said: “That future is now in jeopardy.”
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