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Israeli official apologizes for diatribe at John Kerry

JERUSALEM--Israel's Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon apologized Tuesday to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after he accused the American of having an “obsession” with Middle East peace, sparking a furious diplomatic row between the two allies.

The White House had described Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon's initial comments as “offensive,” in a mark of the degree of outrage in Washington at the latest public spat between the two countries, which follows a major row over Iran policy.

In private conversations with Israeli and American officials, revealed by the top-selling Israeli newspaper, Yediot Aharonot, Yaalon was quoted “Secretary of State John Kerry — who arrived here determined, and who operates from an incomprehensible obsession and a sense of messianism — can't teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians.”

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