By Sarah Begley
December 28, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke out about the U.N. resolution condemning new Israeli settlements, arguing that they threaten the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and make a two-state solution increasingly challenging.

The U.S. abstained from voting on the resolution, and elected not to veto it after it passed 14 to 0. “Regrettably,” Kerry said on Wednesday, “some seem to believe that the U.S. friendship [with Israel] means the U.S. must accept any policy, regardless of our own interests, our own positions, our own words, our own principles, even after urging again and again that the policy must change. Friends need to tell each other the hard truths, and friendships require mutual respect.”

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