U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Israel of delaying a political settlement with the Palestinians saying, “Force cannot defeat or defuse the demographic time bomb. The only way to secure Israel’s long term future is through negotiations.”
Kerry told the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum on Saturday that; “Concluding a peace agreement with the Palestinians would increase Israel’s power and makes the Jordanian border the safest in the world.” This was in reference to a US security proposal regarding the Jordan Valley, which Tel Aviv insists it must have control over in any future agreement. The Palestinian Authority have thus far rejected the proposal.
The US Secretary of State said that a team of American experts headed by General John Allen has “extensively analyzed Israel’s security needs in any future agreement and presented Israel with a concrete plan. According to the proposed plan, Israel would be able to defend itself against any potential threat while the United States will lead countries that will support it during an emergency.” Kerry said that “Israel needs to understand the fact that its security is associated with the two-state solution. Military force cannot defeat or defuse the demographic time bomb. The scene tomorrow will differ from today.”