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State Department spokesman warns that settlement activity and the increasing violence in the region is reducing the prospect of a practical two-state solution, ahead of planned trip by US Secretary of State John Kerry to the region.

Violence and settlement activity are undermining the viability of a two-state political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the US State Department said on Wednesday as it discussed Secretary of State John Kerry’s plan to visit the region.

Speaking a day after Kerry announced his intent to visit the region to try to help reduce tensions, State Department Spokesman John Kirby said the secretary was not affixing blame when he said a “massive increase in settlements” over the past year had been followed by the current outbreak of violence. Kirby later said that the department had seen reports which may indicate excessive use of force by Israeli forces.



Kirby said Kerry had been consistent in “not trying to affix blame for the recent violence” but had discussed “the challenges that are posed on both sides by this absence of progress towards a two-state solution.”


Kirby noted that Kerry had been “unequivocal” in condemning Palestinian attacks on Israelis. But he also


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