Britain has scolded U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for describing the Israeli government as the most right-wing in Israeli history. Stuart McDill reports.
A tense moment in the so-called special relationship - the U.K., issuing a rare rebuke to the United States over its recent comments about Israel. Secretary of State, John Kerry, this week branded the current government the most right-wing in Israel's history and warned that it was jeopardising hopes of peace by building settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. Britain, distancing itself from the remarks Friday, saying that settlements were far from the only problem in the conflict. A spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May also said it was inappropriate to attack the composition of an ally's democractically-elected government. May's reaction came as a surprise to the U.S. which responded by saying Kerry's speech was in line with Britain's own policy. Indeed, the U.K. this week voted for the U.N. Security Council resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, which the U.S. decided not to veto. Some believe May is trying to align herself more closely with President-elect Donald Trump, who she's so far struggled to build relations with. Trump is promising a starkly different approach to Obama, when he takes control next month.