Gaza, ALRAY - "Israel's security is our first priority," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said at the annual AIPAC conference in Washington D.C., Haaretz.com reported.
As for the current faltering so-called peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Kerry said both Israelis and the Palestinians are faced with tough choices.
He noted that he believes Israeli occupation prime pinister Netanyahu is "committed" to peace, and that PA President Abbas "understands the costs of failure."
Israel's unilateral withdrawals from Lebanon and from Gaza prove the need to negotiate peace, he said and vowed that the U.S. "will not let the West Bank turn into another Gaza."
Kerry reiterated the Netanyahu's demand for Palestinians to recognize 'Israel' as nation-state for the Jewish people, but said that any peace agreement "must also guarantee Israel's nature as a Jewish state."
Kerry also assured crowd at the conference of the pro-Israel lobby that the U.S. will counter any attempts to boycott Israel.
American Israel Public Action Committee (AIPAC) - known in Washington as The Lobby- was created in the 1950s.
AIPAC's power has historically stemmed from two major sources: Domestically, from the influential and organised Jewish communities - all 49 leaders of major Jewish organization have seats on AIPAC’s executive committee; and internationally, it stems from Israel's regional utility to the United States in the context of the oil-rich Middle East and Cold War rivalry.
AIPAC's influence over Congress and its legislative agendas are paramount for its overall lobbying effort in the capital, on the White House and America's foreign policy in the Middle East and beyond. AIPAC's strategy is one of barter, pure and simple.
AIPAC helps congressmen and women get elected - financially and otherwise – in return for their support of its legislative agenda. Likewise, AIPAC helps US presidents pass their various agendas through Congress in return for White House support for Israel.
And that has worked quite successfully over the past few decades as the US poured more money and arms to Israel than any other country in the world. And thanks to AIPAC, and other like-minded lobbying groups, Israel's status continued to improve in Washington despite its many strategic failures and political fiascos since the 1973 October War.
Al Jazeera English contributed to this report.