Skip to comments.U.S. demands Netanyahu publicly condemn Ya'alon's attack on Kerry
Posted on 01/14/2014 4:03:39 PM PST by SkyPilot
Defense minister called U.S. Secretary of State 'obsessive and messianic,' Netanyahu distanced self but stopped short of condemnation.
Senior American officials said Tuesday that the United States was not satisfied with the Israeli government's response to remarks by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, in which he called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry "obsessive and messianic."
"We expect the Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu] to put this right by publicly expressing his disagreement with the statements against Secretary Kerry, the negotiations with the Palestinians and Kerry's commitment to Israel's security," said a senior U.S. official.
Ya'alon's statements have sparked serious tension between the two countries. State Department Spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki told Haaretz on Tuesday evening that Ya'alon's remarks, if accurate, were "offensive and inappropriate, especially given all that the U.S. is doing to support Israel's security needs."
"Secretary Kerry and his team, including General John Allen, have been working day and night to try and promote a secure peace for Israel, because of the secretary's deep concern for Israel's future. To question Secretary Kerry's motives and distort his proposal is not something we would expect from the defense minister of a close ally," Psaki said.
Ya'alon has recently made several strong statements, both on- and off-the-record, against the background of Kerry's attempts to advance a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Israeli daily Yedioth Aharonoth on Tuesday quoted Ya'alon's derisive "obsessive and messianic" remarks against the U.S. secretary of state, as well as a remark that he hoped Kerry would "get a Nobel Prize and leaves us alone."
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DITTO and AMEN!
... said a senior U.S. official.
I’d bet it was Kerry or one of Kerry’s direct reports.
Thin skin bunch...aren’t they. What a pathetic excuse for a Presidency!
Well, there's a mistake right away. Obama's America is no ally of Israel. Obama has moved to empower Islamic terrorists throughout the Middle East and North Africa and overthrow the governments of friendly states like Israel and Egypt.
Israel to Kerry: GFY!
I’m sure they have a “deep concern” about Israel.
They are concerned Israel will defend itself.
“Secretary Kerry and his team have been working day and night to try and promote a secure peace for Israel because of the secretary’s deep concern for Israel’s future.”
They'd pee their pants if they knew what was said in private.
I can’t believe how evil and corrupt this administration is.
Did General Allen do his Salami Salami baloney Arabic videotape greeting again? He’s gone Asiatic,, doesn’t know who the enemy is. Kerry is worse, he’s just an opportunistic SOB.
The Israeli was right
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has apologized for his remarks. Hopefully this is the end of it. Ya’alon has a history of controversial, but accurate, statements. Ya’alon resigned as Defense Chief of Staff in 2005 in opposition to the Gaza withdrawal. He is close to BiBi. He says what BiBi only dares think, perhaps by design.
best response would be for Netanyahu to sort of laugh it off and say people are entitled to their own opinions.