Kerry: PLO’s recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is a ‘minimal requirement for peace’


Secretary of State John Kerry told members of Congress on Thursday that international law already declares Israel a Jewish state, and called Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's insistence on a public declaration of Israel's Jewish character from the Palestinians “a mistake” in the diplomatic process.

“I think its a mistake for some people to be raising it again and again as the critical decider of their attitude toward the possibility of a state, and peace, and we've obviously made that clear,” Kerry told the House Foreign Relations Committee, in a hearing on budget matters.

Yesterday, Kerry told a Senate panel that Israel and the Palestinians had less trust in one another than at any point in over nine months of negotiations.

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