Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Middle East speech on Wednesday was biased against Israel.
The Israeli leaders criticism came just one hour after the outgoing Secretary of State outlined his vision for Middle East peace in Washington DC on Wednesday.
The war of words follows the growning tensions between Netanyahu and President Barack Obama’s administration. The US has refused to veto a UN resolution that urged Israel to stop building settlements on occupied Palestinian land, known as resolution 2334. In his speech, Kerry claimed that the administrations decision was a positive step in the pursuit of peace between the two parties.
“Like the Security Council resolution that Secretary Kerry advanced in the UN, his speech tonight was skewed against Israel” he said in a statement.
Mr. Kerry “obsessively dealt” with Israel’s building of Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories in his speech, Netanyahu added.
“What he did was he spent most of his speech blaming Israel for the lack of peace,” He added later that “Israelis do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders”.
Further criticizing Kerry for attacking the “the only democracy in the Middle East” while terror is rampant and the “Middle East is in flames.”
Netanyahu said that had the Obama administration invested as much energy in dealing with Palestinian terrorism as it had with Jerusalem construction, maybe the cause of peace would have been better advanced.