Seeking a Diplomacy Chief, Netanyahu Reconsiders Nominee Who Insulted Obama and Kerry

November 5, 2015 10:52 PM

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Seeking a Diplomacy Chief, Netanyahu Reconsiders Nominee Who Insulted Obama and Kerry

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel indicated Thursday night that he was reconsidering his choice for public diplomacy chief after a furor over the nominee’s critiques of public officials, including a suggestion that President Obama was anti-Semitic and Secretary of State John Kerry had the intellect of a preteenager.

Mr. Netanyahu’s pick for the post, Ran Baratz, is a conservative academic who lives in a settlement in the occupied West Bank. Just last week, he insulted Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, in a Facebook post, and a decade ago he expressed his wish to see the building of a third Jewish temple on a c...

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