Israeli envoy knocks attacks on Kerry

Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry is “unwarranted,” the Israeli ambassador to Washington said, as U.S. officials made public their unhappiness with the attacks.

“Israel appreciates that President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who is here today, have strongly supported Israel’s right to defend itself. We also appreciate their efforts to help achieve a sustainable cease-fire,” Ron Dermer said July 28 at an assembly of Jewish leaders and top U.S. officials convened to show support for Israel during its war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Dermer was referring to a barrage of criticism over the weekend, much of it leaked through the Israeli press, aimed at a cease-fire proposal presented last week by Kerry to the Israeli government.

U.S. officials had over the weekend anonymously told reporters that they were appalled by the attacks on Kerry. — jta