Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon is reportedly no fan of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who has recently been doggedly pursuing a deal in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel’s largest newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, reports that behind closed doors Yaalon said, “Secretary of State John Kerry—who has come to us determined and is acting out of an incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling—cannot teach me a single thing about the conflict with the Palestinians.” Yaalon, who is part of the right-wing Likud party, is viewed as skeptical of a possible deal with the Palestinians. In continuing his biting take of the presidential runner-up, Yaalon declared, “The only thing that can save us is if Kerry wins the Nobel Prize and leaves us alone.” Yaalon’s office declined to comment on the story.
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