Former sec. of state Baker blasts Netanyahu at J Street conference

March 24, 2015 05:00

James Baker, the former secretary of state who was known to have a contentious relationship with a Likud-led government during the presidency of George H.W. Bush, ripped into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday for taking "actions that don't match his rhetoric."

Baker appeared as a keynote speaker for the annual conference staged by the liberal lobby J Street in Washington.

The former top diplomat accused Netanyahu of “diplomatic missteps and political gamesmanship," a reference to the prime minister's alliance with Republicans in drumming up opposition to a nuclear deal with Iran as well as his policies toward the Palestinians.

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