Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) blasted on Saturday night the Obama administration's overly critical response to Israel's handling of the ongoing wave of Arab terror sweeping the country.
Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry gave an interview in which he blamed Israeli “settlements” for the latest terror wave.
"So here’s the deal. What’s happening is that unless we get going, a two-state solution could conceivably be stolen from everybody. And there’s been a massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years,” Kerry said.
State Department spokesperson John Kirby later explained to reporters that the Secretary of State was not assigning blame when he said a "massive increase in settlements" over the past year had been followed by the current outbreak of violence.
The State Department spokesman also had to issue a semi-retraction after accusing Israel of violating the status quo on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem as well as the "potential excessive use of force" against Arab terrorists.
Kirby clarified in a tweet that he “did not mean to suggest that status quo at Temple Mount/Haram Al-Sharif has been broken.”
Despite speaking on US soil at the Israeli American Council's second annual conference, Shaked expressed no qualms at straying from diplomatic protocol in attacking the Obama administration's statements as "unacceptable."
"Any comparisons made between Israel and the Palestinians in the context of terrorism is unacceptable to us," she charged, slamming the administration for creating a "distortion of reality."