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April 10, 2014 10:08 am

Israel Says it’s ‘Deeply Disappointed’ by Kerry Remarks on Peace Talks

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking at the 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference on March 3, 2014. Photo: Algemeiner.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking at the 2014 AIPAC Policy Conference on March 3, 2014. Photo: Algemeiner.

TIME Israel signaled Wednesday that it was “deeply disappointed” by Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent comments, which appeared to blame Israel for the latest breakdown in Middle East peace talks.

The New York Times, citing an unnamed Israeli official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, reports that Netanyahu’s office was angered by Kerry’s remarks before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. At the hearing, Kerry suggested Israel’s announcement of 700 new housing units in a contested area of east Jerusalem helped put the talks on ice.

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