"I can guarantee you that I am committed to this because I believe the window for a two-state solution is shutting," Kerry told lawmakers. "I think we have some period of time — a year to year-and-a-half to two years, or it's over."US Secretary of State John Kerry to the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on 17 April 2013
"Everybody I talk to in the region and all of the supporters globally who care ... want us to move forward on a peace effort," he added. "They're all worried about the timing here. So there's an urgency to this, in my mind, and I intend on behalf of the president's instructions to honor that urgency and see what we can do to move forward."
Kerry didn't spell out why he believes so little time is left for an agreement that would establish an independent Palestine alongside a Jewish state recognized by its neighbors.But these factors are likely to only make peace more difficult in the coming years, including the growing numbers and political strength of Israel's settlers.
Hope he is right that the window for a two-state solution is shutting. And the sooner the better. Because having a sovereign Palestinian state in our living room is anything but the best option of a collection of bad options. A truly sovereign Palestinian state is a terrible option. It would be incredibly dangerous for Israel and a source of tremendous instability for the entire neighborhood.
Nothing the Palestinian Authority has done has truly been in the interests of peace or internal democracy and civil rights since its establishment. Terror hasn't been excluded as an instrument of Palestinianism. Palestinianism's disinventivity only increases towards Israel. Little will to accept parameters of coexistence. Territorial compromise done, the disengagement, insufficient. Total negation of Jewish national ethos and also an unwillingness to accept Jews into their supposed future state. Hamas in Gaza.
Secretary Kerry, can we make that a shorter time span to close the window?