>> The two state solution is now in serious jeopardy.>> Less than a month before leaving office, Secretary of State John Kerry issuing a dire warning to Israel over the waning chances at peace with Palestinians. A bare knuckled response to criticism over the US' decision not to veto a UN resolution criticizing Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.
>> They have a choice, they can choose to live together in one state, or they can separate into two states. If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic, it cannot be both, and it won't ever really be at peace.>> Kerry said continued Israeli settlement on lands claimed by Palestinians imperil the chances for peace between the two peoples.
While Kerry also criticized the Palestinian side, calling out Hamas for inciting violence. Most of his criticism was directed at the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has long had an acrimonious relationship with President Obama. And Netanyahu slammed the speech soon after from Jerusalem.>> Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders.
Israel's hand has been extended in peace to its neighbors from day one.>> Deputy Foreign Policy editor Yara Bayoumy.>> I think the speech really highlights and cements the view that the Obama administration has come in from the very beginning determined to try and seek an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
But saw that one of the major obstacles of that was Israeli settlement building in occupied territory. And so to now come in when there's only mere weeks before Obama hands over to Trump with the UN Security Council resolution. And now with Kerry's speech, really highlights that they put, I think, a lot of the onus on why Middle East peace efforts have so far failed in large part on Israel.
>> Incoming President-elect, Donald Trump, poised to take a much different position with Israel once he takes office next month. All ready nominating a pro-settlement Israeli ambassador and tweeting hours before Kerry's speech, stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching.