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Secretary of StateJohn Kerry traveled to Turkey to stress points of agreement with the ally. Now, he’s putting out fires after the prime minister made comments maligning Israel.

Secretary of State John Kerry is no stranger to prickly diplomatic situations – he smoothed ruffled feathers in Afghanistan andPakistan in recent years as President Obama’s troubleshooting envoy to those two problematic partners.

But his skills got a particularly tricky testing in Turkey Friday, where Secretary Kerry arrived for talks two days after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Zionism a “crime against humanity” as grave as anti-Semitism or Islamophopia.

And to think one of Kerry’s purposes in making a stop in Turkey on his first overseas trip as secretary of State was to encourage theNATO ally to repair its frayed relations with Israel.

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Instead, Kerry found…

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