WASHINGTON — The United States has raised the prospect of an international boycott of Israel.
The administration of President Barack Obama has warned that Israel would be de-legitimized should the United States fail to establish a Palestinian state in the West Bank.
A senior official rejected Israeli criticism of heavy pressure by Washington to achieve this goal in 2014.
“For Israel there’s an increasing de-legitimization campaign that has been building up,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said. “People are very sensitive to it. There is talk of boycotts and other kinds of things. Are we all going to be better with all of that?”
This marked the first open threat by a senior U.S. official against Israel amid Washington’s efforts to reach an agreement for a Palestinian state by April 2014. In contrast to the threat against Israel, Kerry praised the Palestinian Authority, particularly its chairman Mahmoud Abbas, whom the secretary deemed “committed to a peaceful process for these last years.”
Officials said Kerry was setting the stage for an intensive effort to pressure Israel to agree to a U.S. draft for an interim Palestinian state that would eventually include the entire West Bank and Jerusalem. During his address, the secretary rejected reported criticism by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon that Kerry was seeking to win a Noble Peace Prize.
Full article: Kerry threatens Israel with international boycott (World Tribune)