'US perceives Israel as encouraging anti-Obama backlash among Jews'

Israeli diplomats tell Israel Radio: Netanyahu government seen by Obama, Kerry as encouraging US Jewish leaders to criticize White House.

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January 23, 2014 09:28
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PM Netanyahu and US President Obama at a joint press conference in Jerusalem, March 20, 2013.

Netanyahu looks serious while Obama speaks 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed)

 
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A US official close to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry said both men are disturbed over what is being perceived in their inner circle as "Jewish activism in Congress" that they think is being encouraged by the Israeli government, Israel Radio reported on Thursday.



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The official has informed Israeli government figures that the president and secretary of state are disappointed over repeated attacks made against them by leading members of the Jewish community in the US.



According to Israel Radio, Israeli diplomats and foreign officers have warned against this trend. According to officials based in foreign missions, the Israeli government is increasingly being viewed as fanning the flames among American Jews by encouraging them to promote the official government position while making no room for opposing viewpoints.



Earlier this month, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon apologized after it was reported that he called Kerry “obsessive” and “messianic.”

The daily tabloid Yedioth Ahronoth  quote Ya’alon as telling associates in private conversations that Kerry “should take his Nobel Prize and leave us alone.”

“Abu Mazen lives and dies by our sword,” Ya’alon is quoted as saying by Yedioth. “Once we leave Judea and Samaria, he is finished. In effect, during these past months, there haven’t been negotiations with the Palestinians, but with the Americans.”



“The only thing that can ‘save’ us is for John Kerry to win his Nobel Prize and leave us alone,” the defense minister reportedly said.

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