Insults against Israel PM 'disgraceful, damaging': Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry hit out Thursday at reported insults by an American official leveled against the Israeli prime minister, saying it was “disgraceful, unacceptable and damaging.” Turbulent US-Israel ties plunged to new lows this week, when an anonymous senior Obama administration official was quoted in The Atlantic magazine as calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “a chickenshit” only interested in preserving his own political skin. Kerry told a forum hosted by The Atlantic that the comments did not reflect the views of either President Barack Obama or his cabinet. Israel “wants to be a Jewish state.

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