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Kerry phones Netanyahu to complain about insults
The Hill ^

Posted on 03/19/2014 1:18:38 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

March 19, 2014, 03:43 pm Kerry phones Netanyahu to complain about insults

By Rebecca Shabad

Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday morning to protest insults the Israeli defense minister directed at the Obama administration this week, the State Department said.

In a speech at Tel Aviv University on Monday, Moshe Ya’alon criticized President Obama for having a weak foreign policy, and said Israel could no longer rely on the U.S. to lead nuclear negotiations with Iran.

“Secretary Kerry spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu this morning. And he protested to him his concerns about these comments,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday.

The United States, Psaki reaffirmed, maintains an “unshakeable commitment” to Israel’s security.

“So it is certainly confusing to us why Defense Minister Ya'alon would continue his pattern of making comments that don't accurately represent the scope of our close partnership on a range of security issues and on the enduring partnership between the United States and Israel,” she said.

On Monday, Ya’alon slammed the Obama administration for the slow progress on nuclear talks with Iran. It was not the first time he has been critical of the U.S.

“If we wished others would do the work for us, it wouldn't be done soon, and therefore in this matter, we have to behave as if we can only rely on ourselves," he said.

America’s power in the world is becoming increasingly diminished, Ya’alon argued.

“Weakness certainly does not pay in the world," he said. "No one can replace the U.S. as the world's policeman. I hope the U.S. will come to its senses.”

Ya’alon’s comments were “not constructive” and “inconsistent,” said Psaki, who added they don’t reflect the government of Israel.

While Psaki declined to describe the conversation between Kerry and Netanyahu, she said Kerry “has a tough skin and is happy to move on beyond this.”

Asked if the U.S. would like an apology, she said, “We're ready to move forward and keep talking about the peace process.”

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports Ya’alon plans to clarify his remarks during upcoming meetings with senior U.S. officials.


TOPICS: Egypt; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: egypt; gaza; iran; israel; kerry; lebanon; lurch; netanyahu; russia; syria; waronterror; yaalon
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Well at least he didn't call Lurch, Lurch......
1 posted on 03/19/2014 1:18:38 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

“Secretary of State John Kerry called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday morning to protest insults the Israeli defense minister directed at the Obama administration this week, the State Department said.”

Suck it up, buttercup.

Freaking Cupcake that one.


2 posted on 03/19/2014 1:21:46 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Sub-Driver

Well Mr. Kerry, they do seem to have freedom of speech over there....


3 posted on 03/19/2014 1:21:55 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s calling out Bebe for a purse fight.


4 posted on 03/19/2014 1:22:05 PM PDT by Ancient Man
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To: Sub-Driver

The Obama administration doesn’t like to hear the truth. Obama should be considered an enemy of Israel.


5 posted on 03/19/2014 1:22:12 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Lurch has his wife put his underware on
otherwise he would probably put it on backwards !!
and then complain that the Joos stole his fly !!
6 posted on 03/19/2014 1:22:18 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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GFY Bolt Neck!


7 posted on 03/19/2014 1:22:44 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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If I were Netty, I’d thrown another insult at him....


8 posted on 03/19/2014 1:22:49 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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"Ya’alon’s comments were “not constructive” and “inconsistent,” said Psaki, who added they don’t reflect the government of Israel." Translation: We sure hope this guy doesn't become the next Israeli PM! "While Psaki declined to describe the conversation between Kerry and Netanyahu, she said Kerry “has a tough skin and is happy to move on beyond this.”" Translation: Kerry threw a hissy-fit, but didn't get his apology. "Asked if the U.S. would like an apology, she said, “We're ready to move forward and keep talking about the peace process.”" Translation: We don't know what else to do except, "more of the same".
9 posted on 03/19/2014 1:23:26 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: Sub-Driver

Next on his call list, Kerry will call Putin to protest insults....
Then the little guy in NK...


10 posted on 03/19/2014 1:24:24 PM PDT by NEMDF
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So it is certainly confusing to us why Defense Minister Ya'alon would continue his pattern of making comments that don't accurately represent the scope of our close partnership on a range of security issues and on the enduring partnership between the United States and Israel

Because:

A: They Don't Believe You?

B: They Probably Have Solid Evidence You Want To Throw Israel Under the Bus?

C: There Are A Bunch Of Rookies / Commies / Closet Muzzies Running US Foreign Policy?

D: All Of The Above

11 posted on 03/19/2014 1:26:17 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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What’s next Sparky? Calling his mom? Friggin’ pansies...


12 posted on 03/19/2014 1:26:42 PM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Here’s a shekel, call someone who cares.”


13 posted on 03/19/2014 1:28:39 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: Common Sense 101

This article gives no mention of what Nethanyahu said to Kerry.

Oh to be a fly on that wall .......


14 posted on 03/19/2014 1:31:33 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Sub-Driver

 


For all those who ever wondered what it'd be like if all the dorks & sissies in your high school were allowed to run things . . .

15 posted on 03/19/2014 1:31:36 PM PDT by tomkat ( it's real close)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Waaah! Stop being so mean!”


16 posted on 03/19/2014 1:31:41 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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Obama should be considered an enemy of Israel.

Not to mention being a domestic enemy of the US Constitution.

17 posted on 03/19/2014 1:31:45 PM PDT by Maceman
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Netanyahu should tell Kerry to come to Israel if he wants to discuss the issue.

When he gets there invite him to come in through the servants’ back door entrance, sit him at a table in a back room, give him a glass of water and make him wait alone while Netanyahu has a long, leisurely dinner.

After dinner Netanyahu can meet with him for 5 or 10 minutes, then send him on his way.


18 posted on 03/19/2014 1:31:46 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Albert Einstein: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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Russia warns West it may change stance on Iran, in retaliation over sanctions
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/19/russia-warns-west-it-may-change-stance-on-iran-in-retaliation-over-sanctions/#


19 posted on 03/19/2014 1:32:16 PM PDT by Bulwinkle (Alec, a.k.a. Daffy Duck)
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To: Sub-Driver

What Obama and Kerry are doing is forcing Israel to attack Iran over Iran’s nukes. If the US will not stand with our faithful ally, Israel has no choice but to go it alone to survive. Obama and Kerry are selling out Israel.


20 posted on 03/19/2014 1:32:32 PM PDT by Rapscallion (Surveillance means you already are a subject of the government. Smile and bow!)
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