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Britain says Kerry’s Israel remark not “appropriate”

Dec 30, 2016, 4:16 AM EST
British Prime Minister Theresa May
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In a move that apparently aims to align Britain with the incoming Trump administration, the U.K. described U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's latest remarks on Israeli government as not “appropriate.” British Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said that Kerry’s attack on the composition of Israel’s democratically elected government was not correct while agreeing to the fact that the construction of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories was illegal.

On Wednesday, Kerry accused Israel of endangering peace in the Middle East, adding that its government was the “most Right-wing in history,” writes The Telegraph.

The statement by the U.K. Prime Minister’s office sparked a blunt reply from the U.S., with Washington expressing surprise over the criticism, reports The Guardian. A U.S. spokesman said that Kerry’s views were in-line with the U.K.’s own longstanding policy.