Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier commented today (28 December) on the address by US Secretary of State John Kerry on the Middle East conflict:
Ever since becoming Secretary of State, my friend John Kerry has worked tirelessly to promote a peaceful solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. In a passionate and deeply felt address, John Kerry today reiterated principles of a two‑state solution and reaffirmed that there is only one realistic way to end this conflict – by engaging in negotiations on a two‑state solution with the aim of two states, a Jewish, democratic Israel and a viable, democratic Palestine, living side by side in peace, respect and security.
Kerry’s speech comes as a reminder and a call to both sides. It tells us that we must not permit the two‑state solution to become an empty phrase. And it calls on both sides to clearly demonstrate their commitment to the two‑state solution and to take steps on the ground to underpin this commitment. Together with our partners in the EU, we remain ready to play our part for peace.