Israeli Defense Chief Apologizes to Kerry for Scathing Comments

Moshe Yaalon's interview calling Kerry "obsessive" and "messianic" sparked a diplomatic row with the U.S.

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Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon apologized to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for comments where he derided Kerry as “obsessive” and “messianic.”

Yaalon was quoted in an Israeli newspaper Tuesday saying Kerry’s peace efforts between Israel and Palestinians were naive and foolhardy, which triggered a diplomatic spat with Washington. “The only thing that might save us is if John Kerry wins the Nobel Prize and leaves us alone,” Yaalon was quoted as saying in the Yedioth Ahronot daily.

While the quotable lines got the most press, perhaps the most damning comments regarded Kerry’s security proposals for the West Bank, which were drawn up by his security adviser, retired Marine General John Allen, who commanded coalition forces in Afghanistan. “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. “Secretary of State John Kerry — who arrived here determined, and who operates from an incomprehensible obsession and a sense of messianism — can’t teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians.”

On Wednesday, Yaalon’s office issued a statement apologizing for the remarks. “The defense minister had no intention to cause any offense to the secretary, and he apologizes if the secretary was offended by words attributed to the minister,” the statement said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also spoke with a “senior U.S.official” by phone to smooth over the row.

[Yedioth Ahronoth]

[AFP]

9 comments
samg720
samg720

The United States Goverment should take concrete measures that have our Senators and Congressmen line up and support International Laws and conventions on Human Rights. Secondly we should pass a Bill's that reduces financial aid to Israel by 10 to 20% upon each declaration of building settlement's in Occupied Palestine Lands that is Internationaly Recognized by the 1948 UN Mandate and Fedral Law and a Bill that that restricts Political Action committees and any out side interference with federal Legislation and Protocol. This should demostrate to Israel we object to the Occupation and demostrate our intent to the rest of the world that the United States is serious about resolving the Middle East conflict and truly defines itself as the Honest Broker to all parties in the region.This also puts Israel and the Palestianins on notice that and rest of the world that we are committed to put end to this long lasting conflict!

mrxexon
mrxexon

I hope the zionists continue to mouth off. Because that helps shift US opinion away from the zionist state of Israel.


Then maybe we can finally file for divorce. And no, you won't get half of anything. But you will get a lot of nothing. Because that's all you deserve for your nazi ways. May your children piss on your bones.


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ricardo_lion
ricardo_lion

@mrxexon "Nazi ways"!!  So creative!  Comparing Israel to Nazis!  No one has ever done that.  I believe you will find those judenrein (800,000 Jews were kicked out, but are not living in refugee camps anymore and least blowing themselves up, of course) Muslim Arab bloody dictatorships and autocratic kingdoms more similar to Nazi Germany.  Israel (0,0000000000000000000...1% of the ME, 20% of Palestine, a million times smaller than the 22 Arab countries) is the Jewish (the religion of Jesus), democratic and civilized (no civil war, hanging of gays, women stoning, "honour" killing of girls, cannibalism - as seen recently in Syria, etc),  country.

vetramon
vetramon

@ricardo_lion@mrxexon You are just one of a long line of ignorants and apologists of the Zionist tyranny. Now, mr ricardo, the Zionist introduced terrorism to the middle east: Stern Gang. Two of those terrorists-(recognized as such by the British) were elected prime ministers of the Zionist state. Through the different war with the Arabs the Zionists have in their jails about 9000 hostages in case they have to trade with the arabs. The Zionist State spied against the USA and I can assure you they continue doing so. Such a friend eh? with the one that gave then their state and supplies now 6 billion dol. a year. In 1948 the Zionist state assassinated more than 30 marines and wounded more of them when they attacked without provocation, the USA LIBERTY that was spying in favor of the Zionists. Such friend, eh? The Zionist state has embarrassed internationally a lot of officials of the gov. of the USA, the latest one being mr Kerry, with a debasing declaration to the world press against mr Kerry, from the minister of defense of the Zionist state. And on, and on, and on.

Mr ricardo, one of these days the majority of americans are going to wake up to the reality of the Zionist state and going to kick from the congress the unelected part of it, AIPAC, and we are going to see the real behaviour of the Zionists when they see themselves without the power of the USA.

mrxexon
mrxexon

@ricardo_lion@mrxexon 

We're talking about Israel here, hasbara. Stay on topic.


We're talking about zionists and zionism and the poison they have brought to both Judaism and the Middle East.


We're talking about people like you. Zio-nazis. Nazis who wear a kippah, but still pretend they're Jews. Racist. Militant. And humping Uncle Sam's leg since 1948.

I do believe your days are now numbered. Because the world has been educated to tell the difference between real Jews and pretend ones...



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vetramon
vetramon

@ricardo_lion@mrxexon It is a losing battle to even try to have a sane discussion with a Zionist, or a zionitish rear ended insane, obsecuent fantail of a man like you.

A propos of cannibalism, just read 2Kings- 24-26, that depicts the armies ordered by your lord god to surround cities producing famines in the name of the lord-god. Read when a woman explain her problem to the king and you will read that the lord-god didn't care about cannibalism.

   Hypocrite.

mrxexon
mrxexon

@ricardo_lion@mrxexon  

Why do  you make me do this?

 http://therealzcf.wordpress.com/2013/10/24/white-supremacist-jews-target-blacks-in-israel/

Face it. Zionism is for white Jews only. And so is the country they founded as a zionist state. Were the world not watching now, these Jews of color would likely be rotting in a prison or buried in the desert somewhere.


Israel is a racist apartheid state and I assure you we WILL bring it down. Not because of Islam. Not because of Judaism or Christianity. But because it's the right thing to do.


Equality for ALL of Israel's people.


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ricardo_lion
ricardo_lion

@mrxexon @ricardo_lion  What is a "real" Jew?  A real Catholic?  Real Muslim?  Real Buddhist?

"Racist"?  Go to Israel and see the Jews there, from very black to very white + 1,5 million Arabs with full rights and not living in fear, ulike the Arabs and minorities in the judenrein Arab world.  Also Israel is the only country that imported black people from Africa (Ethiopia) not to enslave, but free them.