Kerry ‘would have chosen a different word’ than apartheid

Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that if he “could rewind the tape,” he “would have chosen a different word” than apartheid to describe his views on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Daily Beast had obtained a recording of Kerry saying that Israel risks becoming an “apartheid state” in the absence of a two-state solution.

“First, Israel is a vibrant democracy, and I do not believe, nor have I ever stated publicly or privately, that Israel is an apartheid state or that it intends to become one,” Kerry said in his clarification.

“Second, I have been around long enough to also know the power of words to create a misimpression, even when unintentional, and if I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word to describe my firm belief that the only way in the long term to have a Jewish state and two nations and two peoples living side by side in peace and security is through a two-state solution.”

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