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I won't be intimidated in peace talks, says Kerry

Published on Feb 6, 2014 7:01 AM
 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waves while boarding his plane at Franz-Josef-Strauss Airport in Munich, southern Germany, on Feb 2, 2014. Amid a bitter spat between the United States (US) and Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday bullets were worse than words and vowed he would not be "intimidated" in his dogged quest for peace. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Amid a bitter spat between the United States (US) and Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday bullets were worse than words and vowed he would not be "intimidated" in his dogged quest for peace.

The two countries have been at loggerheads after senior Israeli figures attacked the top US diplomat for weekend comments in which he warned that if the peace talks fail, Israel could face a growing threat of a boycott by the international community.

Israeli ministers said his comments at a security conference in Munich were "offensive" and accused him of trying to "amplify" the boycott threat.

But Mr Kerry hit back on Wednesday that his words had been distorted, saying he had merely commented on what other people were saying.

 
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