Prior to US Secretary of State John Kerry's speech, which is expected to be one attacking Israel, YESHA Council Chief Foreign Envoy and Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi said Kerry was not a person who could be relied on.

"When I met with Kerry a few weeks ago, I understood that we're talking about a person who is disconnected from reality and looking to make headlines. He's a person who takes sides in an argument and confuses facts with wishes. During his years in office, Kerry has seen over and over again Israel's willingness to compromise, as well as the Palestinian Authority's stubbornness and insistence on ignoring golden opportunities for lasting peace."

Revivi also said Kerry "has to stop dreaming and fantasizing about what Israel considers to be a nightmare. He also needs to connect to reality, and stop believing his fantasies are facts."

"John Kerry is a stain on American foreign policy that is ignorant of the issues. He has chosen to eternalize his legacy as the worst secretary of state in history that chose to stab his closest ally in the back while rivers of blood flowed like water across the Middle-East," continued Revivi. "I can personally attest to the fact that he knows very little about the realities in Judea and Samaria and instead chooses to defame us from afar by repeating fictitious mantras against us.

"I’d like to remind the outgoing American administration that Israel’s building policy is made in Jerusalem by our democratically elected government. It is the Israeli government that was elected by an overwhelming majority of the Israeli people that supports building in our ancestral homeland.

"Our rights to this land are fully legal and cannot be refuted; this is the reason that proclamations are being made instead providing solid legal arguments against us. Nearly half a million Israelis currently reside on the strategic highlands of Judea and Samaria overlooking seventy percent of Israel’s population and industrial base, no amount of speeches or resolutions can reverse this reality," he concluded.

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