National Security Advisor Susan Rice decried “personal attacks” on Secretary of State John Kerry as “unacceptable.”
It was the latest salvo in increasingly testy exchanges between the Netanyahu and Obama governments.
“Personal attacks in Israel directed at Sec Kerry totally unfounded and unacceptable,” Rice said on her official Twitter account on Monday evening.
“John Kerry’s record of support for Israel’s security and prosperity rock solid,” she continued in subsequent tweets. “POTUS and Sec Kerry remain committed to negotiations that can secure Israeli and Palestinian futures,” she said, using the acronym for president of the United States. “U.S. Govt has been clear and consistent that we reject efforts to boycott or delegitimize Israel.”
Rice did not specify the attackers, but a statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday appeared to take Kerry to task for a speech he delivered the day before at an international conference in Munich in which he warned that a failure to achieve a peace deal could isolate Israel and lead to boycotts.