JERUSALEM: Israel’s defence minister accused US Secretary of State John Kerry of an “incomprehensible obsession” with Middle East peace, drawing a furious response from the Jewish state’s chief ally yesterday.
The White House described Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon’s reported comments as “offensive,” in a mark of the degree of outrage in Washington at the latest public spat between the two allies, which follows a major row over Iran policy.
A State Department official said Washington expected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to disavow his minister’s comments.
Israel’s top-selling newspaper Yediot Aharonot quoted Yaalon as expressing hope that Kerry would end his peace push and focus his energies elsewhere. “The American plan for security arrangements that was shown to us isn’t worth the paper it was written on,” Yaalon was quoted as saying in private conversations with Israeli officials.