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Kerry vows to press peace push despite Israel minister slur

US Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Wednesday to press his drive for Middle East peace despite a slur by Israel's defence minister that sparked a furious row between the allies. Kerry said he was not prepared to let the comments of one individual derail the marathon peace push which has seen him visit the Middle East 10 times in less than a year in the quest for a framework agreement by April.

Israel's Yaalon risks isolation after Kerry slur

Israel's defence minister may have apologised for his offensive comments about US Secretary of State John Kerry but his outburst could see him marginalised by Washington, commentators warned on Wednesday. A furious diplomatic row erupted between Israel and its closest ally on Tuesday when Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon was quoted as saying Kerry had an "obsession" about the peace process and was working out of a "sense of messianism."

US slams Israeli defense minister attack on Kerry

A senior US official on Tuesday urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to publicly disavow a complaint by Israel's defense minister that John Kerry has a messianic "obsession" with Middle East peace. The official made the highly unusual demand as fresh tension erupted between the governments of President Barack Obama and of Netanyahu after the minister, Moshe Yaalon, was quoted as branding the US secretary of state, who has made 10 trips to Israel since March, a nuisance.

US slams Israeli defense minister attack on Kerry

A senior US official on Tuesday urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to publicly disavow a complaint by Israel's defense minister that John Kerry has a messianic "obsession" with Middle East peace. The official made the highly unusual demand as fresh tension erupted between the governments of President Barack Obama and of Netanyahu after the minister, Moshe Yaalon, was quoted as branding the US secretary of state, who has made 10 trips to Israel since March, a nuisance.

Israel minister angers US with Kerry peace push criticism

Israel's defence minister accused US Secretary of State John Kerry of an "incomprehensible obsession" with his push for Middle East peace, drawing an angry response from the Jewish state's chief ally Tuesday. The US State Department described Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon's 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.

Israel defence minister blasts Kerry's security plan

Israel's defence minister has lashed out at US Secretary of State John Kerry, saying a security plan he presented was "not worth the paper it was written on," a newspaper reported Tuesday. The minister also accused Washington's top diplomat of having an "incomprehensible obsession" about resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the top-selling Yediot Aharonot newspaper said.

Israel defence minister lambasts Kerry over security plan

Israel's defence minister has lashed at US Secretary of State John Kerry, saying a security plan he presented is "not worth the paper it was written on," an Israeli newspaper reported Tuesday. "The American plan for security arrangements that was shown to us... provides neither security nor peace," Moshe Yaalon was quoted by Yediot Aharonot as saying. The plan "isn't worth the paper it was written on," Yaalon reportedly said in private conversations with Israeli officials, accusing Kerry of being naive and implying that he is a nuisance.

Germany warns Israel over settlement building

Israel's ongoing settlement construction is damaging efforts to reach a negotiated peace agreement, visiting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday. Berlin's top diplomat was in Israel for a 24-hour visit to discuss the peace process which was largely overshadowed by the death at the weekend of Israel's controversial former prime minister Ariel Sharon who was laid to rest on Monday.

Germany warns Israel over settlement building

Israel's ongoing settlement construction is damaging efforts to reach a negotiated peace agreement, visiting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday. Berlin's top diplomat was in Israel for a 24-hour visit to discuss the peace process which was largely overshadowed by the death at the weekend of Israel's controversial former prime minister Ariel Sharon who was laid to rest on Monday.

Israel's controversial hero Ariel Sharon laid to rest

Ariel Sharon, one of Israel's most controversial leaders, was laid to rest Monday at his family ranch in a ceremony attended by a somber gathering of Israeli officials and foreign dignitaries. On a hilltop overlooking the ranch surrounded by palm trees and sheep, hundreds also watched on giant television screens as Sharon's coffin was lowered into the ground, ending a major chapter in the history of the Jewish state.
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