Yaalon: I Didn’t Intend to Offend Kerry


moshe-boogie-yaalonIsraeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon clarified last night that he had no intention of offending U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. “Israel and the United states share a common goal to advance the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians led by Secretary Kerry,” said a statement by Yaalon’s office.We appreciate Secretary Kerry’s many efforts towards that end. 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,” added the statement.

Earlier, the White House had harsh words over Yaalon’s remarks about Kerry and his efforts to secure peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. “The remarks of the Israeli defense minister, if accurate, are offensive and inappropriate, especially in light of everything that the United States is doing to support Israel’s security needs,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney, according to a report by the AFP news agency.

On Tuesday, the Yediot Achronot newspaper quoted Yaalon, in closed conversations, as dismissing the U.S. peace plan and calling Kerry “messianic” and “obsessive.” Yaalon reportedly said in these conversations, which took place ahead of Kerry’s latest visit, that “the American security plan that was presented to us is not worth the paper it was written on. It contains neither security nor peace. Only our continued presence in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan River will guarantee that Ben Gurion Airport and (the northern city of) Netanya do not become targets for missiles from every direction. Secretary of State John Kerry – who came here very determined, and operates based upon an unfathomable obsession and a messianic feeling – cannot teach me anything about the Palestinians,” he was quoted as saying.

Read more at Arutz Sheva.

{Matzav.com Israel}


  1. The TRUTH hurts!!!!

    For Obama, Kerry, Clinton it’s all about a good headline , and good sounding Speach . It was never about achieving real peace!

    You can’t make peace with an enemy who must of their people want u dead!

    But that would not make a good Speach, so you hide all the negativity from the news and give fantasy speeches !

  2. Ya’alon doesn’t have to apologize to anyone. Everything he said is %100 percent true. The Obama administration knows that & is embarressed about it. They are beating a dead horse. Since the creation of Israel, the Arabs/Palestinians, wanted every Israely Jew dead! Every capitulation that Israel has done for the Palestinians has led to nothing except more danger to the Israely citizens. Condi Rice, Hillary, Kerri, they’re all the same dilusional frauds!

  3. Here’s a piece of nevuah, hold on to your seats here it comes!:
    There will never be peace between the Israelis and Palestinians! Never! MARK MY WORDS!

    I have spoken.

  4. In the end we see that Kerry likes his digs in Jerusalem,better than those available to him in Ramallah.Maybe BiBi tells him to divide his time more evenly.He also must give more attention to the 6 million refugees in and out of Syria.Yaalons remarks should only a first volley.Maybe Israel could use a “bully” like Christie to represent them.Im sure BiBi and Chris could use a change of scenery.