John Kerry
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Israel for the recent crisis in peace talks during a Senate Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday. Kerry said that the United States intends on continuing its efforts to promote a peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, but “it is the responsibility of the two sides to make decisions.” Kerry placed most of the blame for the crisis in talks on Israel and described the Palestinian application to United Nations institutions as a response to Israeli moves. “Both sides – wound out in a position of unhelpful moves,” he said, and went on to explain how the current crisis was created. “The treaties were unhelpful – and we made that crystal clear to the Palestinians… The prisoners were not released by Israel on the day they were supposed to be released and then one day passed, a second day, a third day, and then when they were about to make it – 700 units were approved in Jerusalem and poof… and there you have it.”  More