Netanyahu Spokesman Apologizes for Insulting Obama, Kerry

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new spokesman has apologized for past comments in which he called President Barack Obama anti-Semitic and Secretary of State John Kerry childish.

Ran Baratz's apology came just days before Netanyahu and Obama meet at the White House.

Baratz says his comments posted on Facebook were "written without thinking and sometimes as jokes in language which is appropriate for social networks and for a private person."

Netanyahu wrote on Twitter that Baratz's posts "are totally unacceptable and in no way reflect my positions or the policies of Israel."

White House spokesman John Earnest said Baratz's apology was "warranted," but would not say if the White House believes Netanyahu should replace him.

"I would not anticipate that this person's appearance in the international spotlight here is going to have much of an impact on the ability of Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama to work effectively to advance the interests of our two countries." READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBSITE

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