JERUSALEM (CBS DC/AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon wants Secretary of State John Kerry to back off.
Speaking to Ynet News, Ya’alon said he just wants Kerry to leave Israel alone as the U.S. seeks a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.
“Abu Mazen (Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas) is alive and well thanks to us,” Ya’alon told Ynet News. “The moment we leave Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) he is finished. In reality, there have been no negotiations between us and the Palestinians for all these months – but rather between us and the Americans. The only thing that can ‘save us’ is for John Kerry to win a Nobel Prize and leave us in peace.”
Ya’alon slammed the U.S. security plan, saying it “is not worth the paper it’s written on.”
“It contains no peace and no security. Only our continued presence in Judea and Samaria and the River Jordan will endure that Ben-Gurion Airport and Netanya don’t become targets for rockets from every direction,” Ya’alon told Ynet News. “American Secretary of State John Kerry, who turned up here determined and acting out of misplaced obsession and messianic fervor, cannot teach met anything about the conflict with the Palestinians.”
Ya’alon added that Israel is not communicating with the Palestinians over the deal, that it has just been the U.S.
“There are no actual negotiations with the Palestinians. The Americans are holding negotiations with us and in parallel with the Palestinians,” Ya’alon said. “So far, we are the only side to have given anything – the release of murderers – and the Palestinians have given nothing.”
On Tuesday, Kerry was in Vatican City, talking with the pope’s chief diplomat, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, about attempting to end the feud between Israel and the Palestinians.
“Much was agreed on as a mutual agenda this morning, and I am particularly pleased to know that the Holy Father and the secretary of state in the Holy See will continue to speak out about peace in the Mideast, continue to try to bring parties together, and continue to help address some of the most pressing concerns that are challenging failed states and failing states in too many parts of the world,” Kerry told The Associated Press.
Kerry added: “It was good to know we will have this common enterprise together.”
Kerry did not meet with Pope Francis during his brief visit at the Vatican.
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