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U.S. State Department: Israeli defense minister's comments "offensive"

After months of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians -- led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry -- Israel's defense minister has reportedly dismissed Kerry's efforts. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon was quoted by a popular Israeli newspaper as saying Kerry is quote "acting out of an incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling." He also reportedly said the secretary quote "cannot teach me a single thing about the conflict with the Palestinians." U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf reacted firmly, calling Yaalon's comments, if accurate, offensive and inappropriate. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN, MARIE HARF, SAYING: "Secretary Kerry and his team, including General (John) Allen, have been working day and night to try to promote a secure peace for Israel because of the Secretary's deep concern for Israel's future. That is precisely why the Secretary and his team have been working so hard here. To question his

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