Another black eye for American diplomacy. How’s that whole smart power thing working out?
Israel’s defense minister called Secretary of State John Kerry “messianic” on Tuesday.
Moshe Ya’alon made the comment in an interview with Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot just days before Kerry is expected to return to the region to continue work on peace talks.
The defense minister has voiced strong skepticism of a peace plan with the Palestinians, which Kerry is helping to draft.
“The American security plan presented to us is not worth the paper it’s written on,” Ya’alon said, adding it doesn’t contain peace and security measures. “American Secretary of State John Kerry, who turned up here determined and acting out of misplaced obsession and messianic fervor, cannot teach me anything about the conflict with the Palestinians.”
Kerry reinvigorated peace talks between the two sides last summer, and has aimed to help strike a final status agreement by the end of April. Both Israel and the Palestinians, however, have imposed obstacles that have impeded the negotiations.
A direct meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators has not happened since late last year. Ya’alon said Kerry should leave Israel alone.
“In reality, there have been no negotiations between us and the Palestinians for all these months – but rather between us and the Americans. The only thing that can ‘save us’ is for John Kerry to win a Nobel Prize and leave us in peace.”