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AFP , Monday 28 Apr 2014
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US Secretary of State John Kerry (Photo: Reuters)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry told a group of senior international officials that Israel risks becoming an "apartheid" state if it does not make peace soon, a US news website reported.

Kerry made the controversial remarks at a closed-door meeting of the influential Trilateral Commission on Friday, The Daily Beast news website reported Sunday.

The Daily Beast said a source at the gathering provided them with a recording of Kerry's remarks.

"A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second class citizens -- or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state," Kerry said, according to The Daily Beast.

"Once you put that frame in your mind, that reality, which is the bottom line, you understand how imperative it is to get to the two state solution, which both leaders, even (Thursday), said they remain deeply committed to," he reportedly said.

The online publication said that US, Western European, Russian, and Japanese senior officials and experts were at the event.

The term "apartheid" is a reference to South Africa's 1948-1994 oppressive and racially segregated social system.

While both Kerry and President Barack Obama have refrained from using the term when speaking of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, former president Jimmy Carter (1977-1981) titled a 2006 book that he wrote on the subject "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

Kerry also insisted that the peace process was not dead.

"The reports of the demise of the peace process have consistently been misunderstood and misreported. And even we are now getting to the moment of obvious confrontation and hiatus, but I would far from declare it dead," Kerry said, according to the news website.

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Sonia Willats
29-04-2014 07:28am
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WHAT APARTHEID WAS LIKE
I grew up under apartheid and loathed it. You could not have a coffee in a restaurant with a person "of colour." "Black and Coloured" peopled could not vote nor buy property, they went to separate schools with inferior education and inferior and separate hospitals. You were not even allowed to socialise legally etc. Even park benches were segregated by law. There were limitations on which work black people could do, and on which apprenticeships they could enroll for - all designed to keep "non-whites" down, economically and to stop any natural form of social integration. OF COURSE, ONLY WHITES COULD VOTE. Thus I do not see any similarity between South African Apartheid, and Israel.
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Ameer Abdullah, Red Sea
28-04-2014 07:08pm
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One Nation Solution
thanks for U.S. role in ME peace. We should try one-nation solution negotiated by the new generation. The old guards are unfit. Egypt has good common history with Jews since eternity. Let us work toward Arab-Jewish nation with multiple Gods.
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Aladdin, Egypt
28-04-2014 12:49pm
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Reaching the Solution
We are witnessing the phycology of Holocaust impact on Israeli leaders. Euro-Jews can NOT trust. Time will heal the wounds. Young Arab and Jewish leaders are the only hope for one nation under two Gods. Thanks.
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