Secretary of State John F. Kerry continued his round of meetings with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders Thursday. Between sessions... Kerry took time to address Israeli and Palestinian audiences as well.
In a session with a pair of Israeli and Palestinian television interviewers -- a rare journalistic collaboration and statement on its own -- Kerry cautioned that the failure of the talks might result in violence. "I mean, does Israel want a third intifada?" he asked.
This type of attitude is perceived by Arabs as encouraging violence. He didn't denounce the path of violence, but said "Without resolving the issue of Israeli settlements and ending the "presence of Israeli soldiers perpetually within the West Bank," people might give up on the nonviolence track and "you may wind up with a leadership that is committed to violence,".