U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lays out parameters for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the U.S. could not stay silent when it saw the possibility of peace slipping away. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry laid out parameters for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the United States could not stay silent when it saw the possibility of peace slipping away. In a speech just weeks before the Obama administration hands over power to President-elect Donald Trump, Kerry defended the U.S. decision to allow for the passage of a U.N. resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, saying it was intended to preserve the possibility of a two-state solution. "Despite our best efforts over the years, the two-state solution is now in serious jeopardy," Kerry said in remarks at the U.S. State Department. "We cannot, in good conscience, do nothing, and say nothing, when we see the hope of peace slipping away." U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday chided the Obama administration for its stance toward Israel, shortly before Kerry was set to give his speech. "We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect. They used to have a great friend in the U.S., but.......," Trump, a Republican, wrote on Twitter. "not anymore. The beginning of the end was the horrible Iran deal, and now this (U.N.)! Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!" he added, referring to the day he takes over the White House from Democratic President Barack Obama.