Jan 14, 2013 Israeli Defense minister Yaalon angers Kerry by calling him messianic
The news of this article is refreshing and to the point. Israel’s defense minister Moshe Yaalon called State Department Secretary Kerry messianic. This shows that Israel is being pushed into a treaty that is not of their liking and benefit.
The article stated that secretary Kerry got angry when the religious connotation was given to his effort, but it was most appropriate indeed. He is working to force the covenant mentioned in the book of Daniel as the Antichrist tries to start the Apocalypse.Nando
Israeli minister brands John Kerry ‘messianic’; US calls remark ‘offensive’
Larry Downing / Reuters
Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to Jerusalem on Sept. 15, 2013. Kerry is due to return to Israel within days.
TEL AVIV, Israel — The state department shot back Tuesday after Israel’s defense minister branded Secretary of State John Kerry “messianic” just days before he is due to visit the country.
“The remarks of the Defense Minister if accurate are offensive and inappropriate especially given all that the United States is doing to support Israel’s security needs,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement.
Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s defense minister, was quoted by the Yediot Aharonot newspaper on Tuesday as saying that the only thing that could “save” Israel was for Kerry to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and “leave us alone.”
“Secretary of State John Kerry came here very determined and operates based upon an unfathomable obsession and a messianic feeling,” Yaalon was quoted as saying. “Throughout the recent months, there is no negotiation between us and the Palestinians, but rather, between us and the Americans. The only thing that can ‘save’ us is that John Kerry will get a Nobel Peace Prize and leave us alone.”
Abir Sultan / Associated Press
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon suggested that John Kerry should “leave us alone.”
The state department’s stinging response added that questioning Kerry’s motives and distorting his proposals were “not something we would expect from the Defense Minister of a close ally.”
The United States is seeking to broker an agreement on a “two-state solution” in which Israel would exist peacefully alongside a new Palestinian state. Kerry wants the sides to agree to a framework for an interim accord ahead of a deal in April, which would launch another year of talks aimed at a full-blown peace treaty.
A framework would touch on all the main issues, including security, the future of Jerusalem and the fate of refugees.
The Palestinians see the Jewish settlements as an obstacle to achieving a viable state in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, territories Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war. Most countries consider Israel’s settlements there illegal.
Yaalon also told Yediot Aharonot that the latest U.S. peace plan for the region was “not worth the paper it was written on” because it contained “neither security nor peace.”
“I live and breathe the conflict with the Palestinians,” he said. “I know what they think, what they want and what they really mean.”
Kerry is expected to return to Israel within days as part of his peace push.
Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel Army Radio that he agreed with the contents of Yaalon’s interview, but added that despite disagreements there was no need to resort to personal insults.