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Israeli defense minister disses Kerry

WASHINGTON – The White House on Tuesday condemned as “offensive” the reported comment of Israel’s defense minister that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s campaign for Mideast peace grows from his “messianism.”

In an incident that may deepen strains between the two governments, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon was quoted in the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot as saying that Kerry is “inexplicably obsessive” and “messianic.” He added that “the only thing that may save us is if Kerry wins the Nobel Prize and leave us,” the article said.

Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said the comments, “if accurate, are offensive and inappropriate, especially in light of everything the United States is doing to support Israel’s security needs.” More here.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.