US Secretary of State John Kerry told the Munich Security Conference Saturday that his efforts to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian were not quixotic.  “The risks are very high for Israel. People are talking about boycott. That will intensify in the case of failure,” he said.  In Kerry’s view, the status quo can’t continue because it threatens the Jewish and democratic nature of Israel and increases the likelihood of Israel’s international isolation. He warned that the current calm and security Israel enjoys at present are an illusion. The consequences of failure would be disastrous.
Kerry and representatives of the Middle East Quartet — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the European Union’s Catherine Ashton and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon — met on the sidelines of the Munich conference.