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Contention Continues

  • By : Brian Bush
  • February 4, 2014
  • 7:50 pm

Hello Friends,

The contention continues between US and Israeli officials.

U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice didn't mix her words saying in a twitter release “Personal attacks in Israel directed at Secretary Kerry totally unfounded and unacceptable”.

Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu at first launched an attack against US Secretary of State John Kerry along with other prominent members of his cabinet and the Knesset.

The State Department responded saying to the Israeli leaders not to twist the Secretary's words.

Recently Israel's Defense Minister was quoted as saying unflattering words about Mr. Kerry in his efforts to bridge the Israeli and Palestinian divide.

US President Barak Obama and Mr. Netanyahu reportedly spoke by telephone and then the Prime Minister, in attempt to lower the tension with the Secretary of State, said personal criticism is unacceptable.

Mr. Kerry remarks, made in Germany, were about Israel's prosperity – meant to hint that Israel's economy will take a hit if there is no peace agreement.

These remarks struck the government in a hard way because it is finding itself having to deal with some boycotting and divestment issues, particularly from European sources, in recent days.

People here associated Mr. Kerry's words as support for such actions against Israel.

Secretary Kerry was speaking in the broader context of the status quo being sustainable and how peace would benefit both the Israeli and Palestinian economy's along with that of the entire region's.

He did imply that Israel could face increased isolation if negotiations towards peace with the Palestinians were to fail.

The most vocal supporter of Kerry has been Israel's President Shimon Perez who said that Israel supports and thanks Mr. Kerry for his efforts.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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