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  1/15/2014, Shevat 14, 5774

Ya'alon Apologizes for Kerry Comments


USA Today reports the Israeli government apologized on Tuesday after the White House took offense at a news report in which the country's defense minister was quoted describing Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to win an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement as driven by "misplaced obsession and messianic fervor."

"The defense minister did not intend to insult the Secretary and he apologizes if the Secretary was hurt by the remarks attributed to the Defense Minister," according to a statement issued by Yaalon's office, says USA Today.