USA is a friend of Israel, but friends have to speak unpleasant truths, – Kerry

США - друг Израиля, но друзья должны говорить неприятную правду, - Керри

Secretary of state John Kerry said that the construction of Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories threatens peace in the middle East. About it, Kerry said in a special address, reports the BBC.

“No terrorist action, no settlement activity (in the territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem) do not facilitate this process”, – said Kerry.

He noted that the decision on the “undivided Israel”, which adheres to the Israeli side, is not winning. Speech can go only about the two States.

The Secretary of state also stressed that the White house is “a great friend of Israel.”

“But my friends there are times when they need to face each other and tell the truth,” said Kerry.

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We will remind, on December 23, the UN security Council adopted a resolution which stated that Israel’s building of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory “has no legal effect and constitutes a flagrant violation of international law.”

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