Daily Israel Report

Netanyahu and Kerry's Phone Call 'Mysteriously' Cut Off

State Department says phone call between PM Netanyahu and Secretary of State Kerry was disconnected, but says it was a technical issue.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/6/2014, 12:16 AM

Binyamin Netanyahu and John Kerry
Binyamin Netanyahu and John Kerry
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A phone call between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was mysteriously disconnected on Sunday, Channel 2 News reports.

According to the report, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki admitted to reporters on Tuesday that the call was disconnected, though she said it was due to a “communications issue”.

Psaki did, however, say that the two have not spoken since the phone call was cut off.

“Their phone call was cut off,” she said, adding when asked whether she thinks Netanyahu hung up on Kerry, “Sometimes calls get cut off...it was a brief call, is what I’m trying to convey.”

While there is no indication that there was any reason other than a technical one for the call being cut off, there have been tensions between Washington and Jerusalem recently.

Last week it was reported that President Barack Obama had placed heavy pressure on Netanyahu to concede to Hamas's unprecedented demands for a ceasefire. In a leaked transcript of the phone conversation between the two, Obama appears downright hostile at points, and even cuts off Netanyahu in the middle of his protestations over the one-sided truce proposal.

Israel said that the leaked transcript "bore no resemblance to reality." Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf also brushed off the leaked transcript, saying it was as "complete cr*p".