U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly blasted Israel at a private meeting in New York last Monday over its policy in Judea and Samaria, Haaretz reported Sunday.
According to the newspaper, Kerry’s comments came at a closed meeting of ministers representing the countries providing financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA).
The Secretary of State repeatedly raised his voice, emphasizing that Israel and the PA are moving in the direction of a bi-national state rather than a Palestinian state alongside Israel and are also headed toward war.
Kerry reportedly added that if the international community is interested in putting a halt to these developments, “Either we mean it and we act on it, or we should shut up.”
Western diplomats who were present at the meeting, but who asked not to be identified because the meeting was not public, noted that Kerry was extremely agitated.
While he blasted Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, the U.S. Secretary of State also expressed criticism of the PA, the sources said, citing the increased number of terror attacks and the incitement against Israel.
However, the thrust of his remarks constituted criticism of what was described as “the unprecedented rate” of construction in Judea and Samaria particular, and Israel’s policies in the region in general, according to Haaretz.