Secretary of State John Kerry insisted today that Israel’s security is a top priority for Washington, both in nuclear talks with Iran and peace talks with the Palestinians.
Kerry is in Israel for a day of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders aimed at driving forward peace negotiations which appear to have made little headway since they began under his patronage in late July.
“I can’t emphasize enough that Israel’s security in this negotiation (with Iran) is at the top of our agenda,” Kerry said at a joint news conference in Yerushalayim.
“The United States will do everything in our power to make certain that Iran’s nuclear program of weaponization possibilities is terminated.”
Netanyahu also alluded to discussion of security issues, saying that in any peace agreement, Israel “must be able to defend itself, by itself, with our own forces” – an allusion to the reported debate over security in the Jordan Valley which runs down the eastern flank of the West Bank.
Kerry echoed Netanyahu’s comments, reiterating the US’s “deep, deep commitment to the security of Israel” and demanding the Palestinians “recognize Israel as a country that can defend itself, by itself.” Read more here.