John Kerry on Israel, Palestine Talks: 'What's the Alternative?'

The secretary of state discusses the US's "efforts to bring peace to areas of conflict."
2:07 | 07/28/14

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The fact is that we were able to produce at least the beginnings of the cease -- process the twelve hour cease fire. Then confusion over four hours and twelve hours but the bottom line is. The concept of that I think is still. Appreciated by all. And the key announced find the road. Not not not the question of what. Now there -- some in America. Who question America's. America's efforts actually not just Americanism people who asked this elsewhere. The particularly here they questioned about our efforts to bring peace to various conflicts around the world. I think they -- ask. What's the alternative. Make no mistake. When the people of Israel are rushing to bomb shelters when innocent Israeli and Palestinian teenagers are abducted and murdered. When hundreds of innocent civilians lost their lives. I will and we will make no apologies for our engagement. On governed spaces threaten us all. Instability threatens us all. And upholding the rule of law and humanitarian standards and not only national security imperatives. They are the right thing to do. This is who we are. And this is what we do. And frankly I think it is what we do with greater gusto with greater. -- greater grounding if you will in in an actual law structure that all laws almost. Any other country. But I want to be very clear about something and that's why I'm here today. Even as we focus on credit crises in flash points. That dominate the daily headlines and govern the cable talk shows and so forth -- as that happens and they demand our leadership. We will always act with a long term strategic imperatives. Foremost in our mind. And that's why we're here today.

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