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Israeli Premier Brushes Off Kerry Boycott Warning

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February 02, 2014 AT 5:40 AM
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday brushed off U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's warning that Israel faced a growing boycott threat if peace talks with the Palestinians fail, saying the campaign would not achieve its goal. In the latest flare-up between the two allies, two of Netanyahu's Cabinet ministers went even further, lashing out at Kerry and accusing him of undermined the Jewish state's legitimacy and the chances of reaching a peace agreement. Israel and the Palestinians launched peace talks in July after a long lull and have thus far shown little signs of progress. Facing an April deadline, Israel is working against a backdrop of increasing international pressure to reach a deal, coupled with a growing call for boycotting Israel over its settlements in areas it captured in the 1967 Middle East war.