Israel pol said to call Kerry "messianic"

Jan 14, 2014, 3:19 PM EST
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to journalists after his visit in typhoon-hit city of Tacloban on December 18, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines.
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Defense minister Moshe Yaalon allegedly said that Kerry's efforts were the fruit of "misplaced obsession and messianic fervor," in comments published in Yediot Ahronoth, an Israeli daily paper. The remarks -- critized both by White House spokesman Jay Carney and Israel's chief negotiatior Tzipi Livni -- add tension to an already brittle series of talks, a quick apology notwithstanding.