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Kerry pressuring on the wrong side: Israel minister

Published on Mar 16, 2014 6:45 PM
 
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference in London, March 14, 2014. An Israeli minister on Sunday, March 16, 2014, said Washington's top diplomat was "wrong" for pressuring Israel in peace talks, a day before Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas visits the White House. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM (AFP) - An Israeli minister on Sunday said Washington's top diplomat was "wrong" for pressuring Israel in peace talks, a day before Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas visits the White House.

His remarks came two days after United States Secretary of State John Kerry criticised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's repeated demand that the Palestinians recognise Israel as a Jewish state.

"John Kerry is wrong because he is putting pressure on the wrong side," said Environment Minister Gilad Erdan, who is considered close to Mr Netanyahu.

"Kerry should be asking Abu Mazen (Abbas) why he is stubbornly refusing to recognise Israel as the Jewish state," he told public radio.

 
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