U.S. defends John Kerry from criticism by Israel's defense minister
January 14th, 2014
04:14 PM ET

U.S. defends John Kerry from criticism by Israel's defense minister

By Steve Almasy

U.S. officials reacted angrily to comments attributed to Israel's defense minister criticizing Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to broker a peace agreement between Israel and Palestinians.

The derisive remarks appeared in a popular daily Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronot, and reflect Moshe Yaalon's skepticism of the Kerry-led U.S. efforts "both in private conversations in Israel and in the U.S."

"American Secretary of State John Kerry, who turned up here determined and acting out of misplaced obsession and messianic fervor, cannot teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians," Yaalon said, according to the paper.

The U.S. State Department fired back Tuesday. Spokeswoman Marie Harf said it was shocking that a close ally would question Kerry's motives.

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  1. Ward Balcom

    Once I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a remark is added I get four emails with the identical comment. Is there any manner you may remove me from that service? Thanks!


    February 23, 2021 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  2. Delaware River Kayaking Map

    Why right do we even get involved?? It just makes us look foolish. If we just sat out one or two things every now n then we would be so much better off.

    June 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  3. Delaware River Kayaking Map

    Questioning the mans motives was wrong. He had the right intentions he just orchestrated things wrong .

    June 8, 2017 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  4. maruzicho

    This is going to take time period to do. First you need stability between both parties, and then comes the compromises on the differences at hand.

    January 16, 2014 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  5. weedouthate

    When Ya’alon spoke out yesterday about Kerry’s motivations, I found it highly ironic that he injected the term “Messianic”. Most outsiders are familiar with the Christian Messianic revelations pertaining to the Middle East, but would be surprised to find out that there is such a thing called the Spiritual Mission of Israel There are just some things they don’t teach diplomats at universities, such as the profound wisdom for attaining peace embedded within the deepest roots of the torah. Diplomats need to be briefed on this.

    Read more: Root feeding the deepest spiritual roots of TuBeshevat peace | Marc Daniels | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/root-feeding-the-spiritual-roots-of-a-tu-beshevat-peace-accord/#ixzz2qXoVrFLv
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    January 16, 2014 at 2:31 am | Reply
  6. Thbgbg Bterhyt

    Losing Losers loseing.

    January 15, 2014 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  7. Random

    Well, I tried to warn ya Kerry. It is kinda hard to go to a country that has had monthly attacks forever and tell them how to resolve it. I want to believe your part in what's going on is due to a revival of your once almost hippy beliefs. But simply put running around talking of peace in the middle east is paramount to trying to sell a perpetual motion machine . Make sure syria is a slam dunk, see if something can be done for iraq, and prepare for the inevitable failure of the iran / israel jobs. Highly doubt the iran thing will go threw with secret agreements, and I don't expect israel to settle for giving up part of its country to appease .

    January 15, 2014 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  8. John Smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    January 15, 2014 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  9. Al

    Shame on both CNN and the NYTimes for not covering this story in depth.

    Time to downgrade diplomatic relations, cut off the billions of dollars in military and economic aid and threaten Isreal with the same sanctions the world uses with Iran. If that doesn't work, initiate a UN resolution that effectively reverses the UN resolution, or fiat that created this Middle East mess to resolve a European refugee problem in 1947. We have wasted over 60 years of diplomacy on a Zionist dream based on fiction. Rome conquered Judea before the time of Christ. Israel has proven it does not want peace with the Palestinians and has used terrorism (I.e. Ariel Sharon) to achieve it's ends by any means available.

    January 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  10. JFK

    Hillary is jumping up and down, because now she is only the second worst Secretary of State in US history. Kerry is clearly number one.

    January 15, 2014 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  11. Thinker23

    "Israel can never stand alone and will always be a burden on the USA."

    Somehow Israel managed to survive without American help during the most difficult first 25 years of its independence when the Arabs started and lost three large scale wars in 1948, 1967 and 1973. I would recommend you to GET A CLUE of what you're talking about next time.

    January 15, 2014 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • joe d

      more feces from an israel firster....

      January 15, 2014 at 10:48 am | Reply
  12. joe d

    time to kick the mentally retarded red headed pimple faced spoiled inbred child called israel to the curb along with it's poop filled diaper. They have done more damage to the U.S. then all muslim terrorists combined.

    AIPAC/israelis/jews/AIPAC owned congress=9/11

    January 15, 2014 at 10:39 am | Reply
  13. bill

    obama/kerry are not friends with Israel-they are so misguided that they signed a deal with Iran 1. that lets up on their sanctions and 2. dumb enough to say Iran can help get an agreement with syria and the U.S. IRAN'S PRESIDENT SAID OF ALL THIS "AMERICA SURRENDERS". Obama bowed down to a muslim prince–and now to iran. It was the sanctions stupid-that worked. Obama wants so bad for all the muslim countries to respect him, for all the gays to admire him, and for those gay in the service General Gates said "was the only passion obama showed". Get obamacare/obamaville/obamacare/kerry/hillary out of here while we still have a country we can rebuild.

    January 15, 2014 at 7:41 am | Reply
    • Glen

      You're free to grab your guns and go fight for Israel. This is the United States Of American NOT a province of Israel.

      January 15, 2014 at 7:57 am | Reply
      • bill.x

        I second that!

        January 15, 2014 at 10:13 am |
      • Mcshannon

        The USA is the facilitator of all Israel does. Israel is barely a country at all but more like a fortified city with a population less than that of New York City and Israel can never stand alone and will always be a burden on the USA. Could any large USA city support their own ground troops, an air force and an agency such as mossad, plus sophisticated defense mechanisms all on their own dollar? No they couldn’t and Israel can’t either.

        January 15, 2014 at 10:29 am |
  14. George patton

    What we Americans need to do is to butt out and let the Israelis and the Palestinians work out their own peace plan. Then again, we need to butt out of the Middle East altogether if the right-wing, self serving politicians in Washington would only let us!!! Unfortunately, that's not likely!

    January 14, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Reply

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