Netanyahu, Kerry talk after criticism

Benjamin Netanyahu and John Kerry discussed the developing framework agreement hours after the Israeli prime minister accused the U.S. secretary of state of promoting a boycott in a speech.

Citing unnamed senior U.S. officials, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz said their telephone conversation on Feb. 2 dealt mostly with the proposal Kerry is expected to bring in the coming weeks to the U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Netanyahu and other Israeli government officials publicly criticized Kerry for warning, during an address to the Munich Security Conference, that Israel would face more international boycotts if the peace process fails.

The State Department responded to the criticism in a statement, noting that Kerry  “has a proud record of over three decades of steadfast support for Israel’s security and well-being, including staunch opposition to boycotts,” and adding that “he expects all parties to accurately portray his record and statements.” — jta