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WASHINGTON (AP) Secretary of State John Kerry says he's not concerned about widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and will continue to work toward that goal.
Kerry said he was convinced that a humanitarian cease-fire followed by negotiations to resolve the underlying causes of the conflict is "more appropriate" than "a tit-for-tat of violence that will invite more violence." He said he is fully supportive of Israel's right to self-defense and denied accusations that his cease-fire effort would hurt its security.
Though he said he wasn't "worried" by the criticism, Kerry showed flashes of pique in his comments, saying at one point that he would not "take a second seat to anybody" in his devotion to Israel's security.
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