Washington: Obama administration officials are fuming over Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry`s latest bid to secure a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
In unusually harsh language, officials say the criticism of Kerry could put the relationship between the US and Israel in jeopardy. They also say the personal attacks on Kerry cross a line and are particularly disappointing at a time of active conflict.
Israeli media commentators have leveled almost nonstop criticism at Kerry in recent days over his attempts to bring Qatar and Turkey into the ceasefire negotiations.
Both countries are viewed by Israel as strong Hamas supporters. The US officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the matter on the record by name.
White House national security adviser Susan Rice is expected to address the situation in the Middle East later today.