The US State Department at the weekend lodged an official complaint against Israeli Ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman after he verbally attacked former US President Jimmy Carter for meeting with Hamas leaders during his recent visit to the Middle East.
According to Ha'aretz, the US Embassy in Tel Aviv asked Israel's Foreign Ministry to chastise Gillerman for his reference to Carter as "a bigot" and an "enemy of Israel" while talking to reporters in New York last week. The US State Department also reportedly planned to issue a public statement of condemnation over Gillerman's remarks.
Washington expressed indignation that Gillerman would personally condemn a former US president, despite that fact that just days earlier the Bush Administration strongly criticized Carter's behavior and agenda in the region.
Carter was given the cold shoulder during his time in Israel, with the prime minister, foreign minister and defense minister all refusing to meet with him. Even Israel's internal security agency reportedly broke with usual operating procedures and informed the American Secret Service that it would not be assisting Carter's security detail.
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