WASHINGTON Dec 28 U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry laid out parameters for a two-state solution to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the United States could not
stay silent while it saw the possibility of peace slipping away.
In a speech just weeks before the Obama administration hands
over power to President-elect Donald Trump, Kerry defended the
U.S. decision to allow for the passage of a U.N. resolution
demanding an end to Israeli settlements, saying it was intended
to preserve the possibility of a two-state solution.
"Despite our best efforts over the years, the two-state
solution is now in serious jeopardy," Kerry said in remarks at
the State Department. "We cannot, in good conscience, do
nothing, and say nothing, when we see the hope of peace slipping
(Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati and Lesley Wroughton; Editing by