Kerry Tries to Defuse 'Recognition as Jewish State' Time Bomb That Threatens Talks

In testimony before Congress, Kerry exposed his belated awareness that Netanyahu’s spotlight on the issue has returned Israelis and Palestinians to the intractable core of their conflict.

Contrary to some reports in the Israeli press, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hasn’t distanced himself completely from the demand for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state: He has only tried to put it in its proper place. In advance of Palestinian President

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