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US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the opening of the Presidential Summit for the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Monday, July 28, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) -
Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the opening of the Presidential Summit for the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Monday, July 28, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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By Matthew Lee And Julie Pace, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials are fuming over Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

In unusually harsh language, officials say the criticism of Kerry could put the relationship between the U.S. and Israel in jeopardy. They also say the personal attacks on Kerry cross a line and are particularly disappointing at a time of active conflict.

Israeli media commentators have levelled almost nonstop criticism at Kerry in recent days over his attempts to bring Qatar and Turkey into the cease-fire negotiations. Both countries are viewed by Israel as strong Hamas supporters.

The U.S. officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter on the record by name. White House national security adviser Susan Rice is expected to address the situation in the Middle East later Monday.

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