Theresa May's criticism of John Kerry Israel speech sparks blunt US reply

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State department voices surprise after PM’s spokesman says US secretary of state’s comments on settlements were ‘inappropriate’

Theresa May has distanced the UK from Washington over John Kerry’s condemnation of Israel, in comments that appear to be designed to build bridges with the incoming Trump administration.

Kerry, the outgoing secretary of state, delivered a robust speech this week that criticised Benjamin Netanyahu’s government as the “most rightwing coalition in Israeli history” and warned that the rapid expansion of settlements in the occupied territories meant that “the status quo is leading toward one state and perpetual occupation”.

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