US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro defended on Friday US Secretary of John Kerry in light of recent harsh criticism by right-wing Israeli officials over the top US diplomat's handling of the Middle East peace process.

"There were attempts to distort the record of John Kerry," Shapiro told Army Radio. "Almost everyday there were voice accusing him of supporting boycotts and even anti-Semitism - these things are destructive and certainly a distortion of reality."

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