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Israeli FM tries to smooth out rift with US

February 7, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s foreign minister appears to be trying to smooth out a rift with the United States following recent comments by some ministers here about Secretary of State John Kerry’s effort to broker peace talks with the Palestinians.

Avigdor Lieberman called Kerry a “true friend” in a speech Friday. Lieberman questioned the logic of some Israeli ministers who spoke out against the country’s closest ally. He said Kerry is mediating the talks correctly.

Israel’s coalition is split on the peace talks which Kerry is brokering. Some have been quoted recently as criticizing Kerry personally.

The exchange raised tensions between the two close allies.

National Security Advisor Susan Rice wrote on Twitter recently that “personal attacks in Israel” directed at Kerry were “totally unfounded and unacceptable.”

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