FILE - In this Thursday, April 24, 2014, file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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On Sunday, The Daily Beast reported that Kerry had told a closed-door meeting of the Trilateral Commission in Washington on Friday that Israel risked becoming an "apartheid state" with two classes of citizens if negotiations to forge a peace deal fail and a two-state solution is not reached.In his statement, Kerry defended his general point, noting that numerous Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and predecessors Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, have offered similar assessments in the past.Netanyahu's office declined comment on Kerry's remarks.Kerry's "apartheid" comment was also assailed by many in the pro-Israel community in the U.S.Kerry has invested significant time and energy into bringing Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table, with the goal of reaching a deal in nine months.
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