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US slams reported Israeli criticism of Kerry plan as 'offensive'

Published on Jan 15, 2014 12:15 AM
 

ROME (AFP) - The US State Department on Tuesday condemned as "offensive and inappropriate" reported comments by Israel's defence minister criticising a security plan put forward by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

"The remarks of the defence minister if accurate are offensive and inappropriate especially given all that the United States is doing to support Israel's security needs," spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki told reporters following a visit by Kerry to the Vatican.

The Yediot Aharonot newspaper in Israel on Tuesday reported Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon saying in private conversations with Israeli officials that Kerry's plan was "not worth the paper it was written on".

The minister also accused Washington's top diplomat of having an "incomprehensible obsession" about resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, accusing Kerry of being naive and implying he is a nuisance.

 
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