CMEP Bulletin: Kerry Talks Tough, Warns of Binational State

CMEP Bulletin: Kerry Talks Tough, Warns of Binational State

Kerry Said to Rail at Israel, Decry Looming Binational State [Times of Israel]
“How does increasing the number of settlers indicate an attempt to create a Palestinian state?” Kerry was quoted as saying. “The status quo is not sustainable. So either we mean it and we act on it, or we should shut up.”

Kerry’s Binational State Warning: A Wakeup Call for Israel [Ha’aretz]
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s concerns over the peace process echo those expressed by former Secretary of State James Baker toward Israel nearly 25 years ago, “We cannot want peace more than you, the parties most directly affected by its absence. When you’re serious about peace, call us.”

Bennett: US Election Period is ‘Opportunity’ to Annex Parts of West Bank [Jerusalem Post]
Israel should use the upheaval around the US presidential election period to annex West Bank settlements, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said in a number of radio interviews on Monday.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Meets with Clinton and Trump [NPR]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has had a strained relationship with Barack Obama, but he’s putting in time to get off on the right foot with whoever succeeds the president. Netanyahu met privately with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for more than an hour at Trump Tower in New York on Sunday morning. Netanyahu met with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for about 50 minutes Sunday evening.

Netanyahu Says Both Clinton, Trump Will Protect Israel-US Ties [Times of Israel]
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are strong supporters of Israel and that in terms of relations with the US, “it doesn’t matter which one is elected.”

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