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November 7, 2014  RSS feed
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Kerry calls Netanyahu, apologizes for anonymous slur

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call to Benjamin Netanyahu apologized for a U.S. official’s anonymous attack describing the Israeli prime minister as “chickenshit.”

The conversation took place on Friday, Oct. 31, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. The day before, Kerry had called the slur “disgraceful, unacceptable, damaging,” saying, “That does not reflect the president, it does not reflect me.”

The snipe, reported by The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, is seen by analysts as emblematic of deteriorating Obama-Netanyahu relations at a time of great political and diplomatic uncertainty.

The anonymous official was describing the administration’s anger with Netanyahu for bypassing the White House in lobbying Congress and the media to block a potential Iran nuclear deal with the major powers, and for new building in eastern Jerusalem. The allegation of cowardice referred to what the official said was Netanyahu’s reluctance to face down right-wingers in his government and the settlement movement.

“The rhetoric from both sides, and this has been going on for some months, is a reflection of frustration, of ‘the other side doesn’t understand us the way we want to be understood, the other side is not sensitive enough to our interests,’” said Tamara Coffman Wittes, director of the Brookings Institution Center for Middle East Policy.

The latest scuffle comes as U.S. officials are expressing greater optimism about the likelihood of a nuclear deal with Iran and Israelis fret that the parameters of the deal could leave Iran on the verge of becoming a nuclear power.

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