"A two-state solution will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second class citizens - or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state," US Secretary of State John Kerry said, according to a recording of his remarks obtained by the Daily Beast Sunday.

The US-based The Daily Beast reported that senior US officials have rarely used the term in reference to Israel. However, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki pointed out that “Secretary Kerry, like Justice Minister Livni, and previous Israeli Prime Ministers Olmert and Barak, was reiterating why there's no such thing as a one state solution if you believe, as he does, in the principle of a Jewish State."

Indignation was voiced in Jerusalem over Kerry’s singling of Israel out for his warning - even though its government accepted a two-state solution, while the Palestinian side consistently rejected every compromise proposal the Secretary of State put forward for saving the peace process.