By Julian Pecquet - 11/21/13 11:34 AM EST
Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday slammed Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's comments calling Israel a “rabid dog,” saying they were “inflammatory and unnecessary.”
“Obviously we don't think that anything is served by names that challenge everybody's sense of propriety,” Kerry said after Sen. Marc Rubio (R-Fla.) pressed him to denounce the comments.
“I don't want to exacerbate it now, sitting here,” Kerry added during a Senate hearing on a separate issue. “But our good friends in Israel know full well that we defend their concerns.”
“The statements made by Iran’s Supreme Leader are more than 'uncomfortable',” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) tweeted Wednesday. “They should be condemned.”
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