A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said the people of Israel “deserve to live free from the threat of terrorism.”









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The UK has rebuked US Secretary of State John Kerry’s critical speech against the Israeli settlements, in which he attacked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “extreme right-wing” coalition.

A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was inappropriate of Kerry “to attack the composition of the democratically-elected government of an ally,” adding that the UK believes that “negotiations will only succeed when they are conducted between the two parties, supported by the international community.”

“The Israeli Prime Minister publicly supports a two-state solution, but his current coalition is the most right-wing in Israeli history with an agenda driven by the most extreme elements,” Kerry said in his speech.

“We continue to believe that the construction of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is illegal, which is why we supported UN Security Council Resolution 2334 last week,” the UK said. “But we are also clear that the settlements are far from the only problem in this conflict. In particular, the people of Israel deserve to live free from the threat of terrorism, with which they have had to cope for too long.”