Economy Minister Naftali Bennett pointed toward "wrong decisions" in regional diplomatic efforts made by the US as leading, in part, to the deluge of recent missile attacks on southern Israel emanating from Gaza.

The Bayit Yehudi leader told Israel Radio Thursday that Washington's insistence on new Palestinian elections has riled the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip and in turn has increased the threat of rocket attacks.

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While Bennett insisted that he had nothing against top US diplomat, Secretary of State John Kerry, the economy minister stressed that only Israel could be relied upon to defend itself.

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