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John Kerry’s ‘apartheid’ flap: wrong word, right issue

After investing so much time and energy in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, John Kerry has every right to be frustrated. Not only have the talks collapsed. Not only are both sides digging in and deliberately antagonizing each other. But on top of all of that, he’s facing a firestorm of criticism for using the “a-word” — apartheid — during a recent dinner with senior foreign officials.

During remarks about why he believes that the two-state solution is the only solution, Kerry told a closed-door meeting of the Trilateral Commission: “A unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second-class citizens — or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.”

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