Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, already at odds with Washington over settlement building on land Palestinians, scrambled to try to avoid a damaging crisis with his country's closest ally over defense chief Moshe Yaalon's remarks.
"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," the biggest-selling daily Yedioth Ahronoth quoted Yaalon as saying behind closed doors.
"The only thing that can save us is if Kerry wins the Nobel prize and leaves us alone."
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.
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