Skip to comments.Kerry phones Netanyahu to complain about insults
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 Yaalon 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 Israels 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, Yaalon 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.
Americas power in the world is becoming increasingly diminished, Yaalon 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.
Yaalons comments were not constructive and inconsistent, said Psaki, who added they dont 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 Yaalon plans to clarify his remarks during upcoming meetings with senior U.S. officials.
“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.
Well Mr. Kerry, they do seem to have freedom of speech over there....
He’s calling out Bebe for a purse fight.
The Obama administration doesn’t like to hear the truth. Obama should be considered an enemy of Israel.
GFY Bolt Neck!
If I were Netty, I’d thrown another insult at him....
Next on his call list, Kerry will call Putin to protest insults....
Then the little guy in NK...
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
What’s next Sparky? Calling his mom? Friggin’ pansies...
“Here’s a shekel, call someone who cares.”
This article gives no mention of what Nethanyahu said to Kerry.
Oh to be a fly on that wall .......
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 . . .
“Waaah! Stop being so mean!”
Not to mention being a domestic enemy of the US Constitution.
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.
Russia warns West it may change stance on Iran, in retaliation over sanctions
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.
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