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Israeli war minister describes Kerry as messianic, obsessive
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Kerry99(3).jpgIsrael's war minister called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace "messianic", a newspaper said on Tuesday, reporting what it described as remarks made behind closed doors. 
 
Moshe Yaalon's spokesman declined comment on the account in Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel's biggest-selling newspaper, Reuters reported. 
 
"Secretary of State John Kerry - who has come to us determined and is acting out of an incomprehensible obsession and a messianic feeling - cannot teach me a single thing about the conflict with the Palestinians," Yaalon was quoted as saying.
 
"The only thing that can save us is if Kerry wins the Nobel prize and leaves us alone."
 
The report appeared hours after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden left Israel, where he had attended the funeral of former leader Ariel Sharon and held talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
 
Yedioth said Yaalon had voiced his criticism of Kerry in private conversations before one of the Secretary's recent mediation visits to the region, but it gave no specific date.
 
Kerry has been on a diplomatic blitz in recent weeks to persuade Israel and the Palestinians, who resumed statehood talks in July after a three-year deadlock, to agree on an outline proposal addressing the core issues of their conflict.
 
Yaalon has often cast doubt on the chances of reaching a deal with the Palestinians. He is a member of Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party and a former army chief who was replaced in that post before Israel's 2005 unilateral pullout from the Gaza Strip, a move he opposed.
 

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