U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at J Street's annual gala on Monday night, where he took the opportunity to tout the accomplishments of diplomacy in recent years, namely the nuclear deal signed with Iran which was fiercly opposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Kerry debunked claims he said had come from current presidential candidates that Iran would received some $150 billion as a result of the deal. Instead, said Kerry, a careful analysis of the situation suggested that Iran could receive $55 billion in the long run, but has only received $3 billion since the conclusion of negotiations in July, 2015.
The secretary also committed to contuing to pursure peace between Israel and the Palestinians, even as President Barak Obama nears the end of his last term in office.
"We will continue to advance the two-state solution because anything else won't be Jewish and won't be democratic. We know that," said Kerry.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden also addressed the gathering, echoing Kerry's sentiments regarding the two-state solution.
Biden charged that there is no political will on either side of the conflict to reach a peaceful resolution while condemning continued settlement construction in the West Bank as well as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' failure to condemn specific terror attacks against Israel.
Both Kerry and Biden also condemned a terrorist bus bombing in Jerusalem on Monday that wounded at least 20 people.
Leaders of the J Street and its student affiliate, J Street U, met Friday with President Barack Obama, according to a Facebook post by the group.
The meeting and the speeches came as media speculation increases over whether Obama will outline the parameters of a two-state solution before he leaves office in January.
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