This combination of file photos shows US President Barack Obama speaking at the White House in Washington, DC on December 16, 2016 and Vladimir Putin speaking in Moscow on December 23, 2016. AFP / Saul LOEB AND Natalia KOLESNIKOVA
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Israel's right wing Thursday dismissed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's speech on the conflict with the Palestinians as a parting shot of little consequence, especially with Donald Trump soon taking office. One minister repeated his assertion that a Palestinian state will be "off the agenda" once expected ally Trump takes over, while others from what is seen as Israel's most right-wing government ever mocked Kerry. "Palestine will be taken off the agenda," Education Minister Naftali Bennett of the hard-line Jewish Home party told the Ynet news site.He repeated his call for Israel to annex most of the West Bank, which would destroy any hope for a two-state solution – long the basis of negotiations and which Kerry passionately defended Wednesday.Kerry's speech included forceful criticism of Israeli settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, warning that it was helping put the two-state solution in "serious jeopardy".
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