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August 6th, 2014
05:24 PM ET

State Dept. on strained relations with Netanyahu

(CNN) – Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied strained relations with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a press conference Wednesday.

"We work very closely with him and the US administration, with president Obama throughout this operation and before. The reports of the substance and the tone of our relationship are distorted," Netanyahu said.

But just last week, Netanyahu told Kerry and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro not to second-guess him on Hamas, sources told CNN, fueling indications of a tense relationship between Netanyahu and the Obama administration.

But a State Department spokesperson said the relationship is simply an "honest" one.

"Secretary Kerry has been speaking with Prime Minister Netanyahu, two times, three times, sometimes five times a day – more times sometimes than his family members. And they have a relationship where they can be honest, they can be straightforward," State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"We've been working hand-in-hand to end the indiscriminate rocket attacks from Hamas and bring peace back to the region," she said.

For more of our interview with State Department spokesman Jen Psaki, check out the video above.

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