Kerry to visit Egypt and Qatar next week, not Israel.

Kerry not to visit Israel following several phone calls in past weeks with Netanyahu; Netanyahu to address UN General Assembly on nuclear deal; US presidential candidate Mike Huckabee: I will stand with our ally Israel to prevent the terrorists in Tehran from achieving their own stated goal of another Holocaust.

Secretary of State John Kerry (AFP)

Secretary of State John Kerry (AFP)

US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to visit the Middle East next week. According to initial reports, he will arrive in Egypt on Sunday and then travel to Qatar Monday.

According to US State Department spokesman, Kerry will not be visiting Israel as he has been in contact several times by phone with Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Kerry addressed US-Israel relations when he stated over the weekend, “I’ve been around this thing for a long time – 29 years in the Senate, and I’m very proud of the 100 percent voting record for Israel in the course of that time, and nobody I think has worked harder to try to bring peace to the Middle East or to Israel than I did over the last few years. I think I’ve had more meetings with an Israeli prime minister and more visits than any secretary of state in history. And I consider Bibi a friend, and we talk still and we disagree on this, obviously, and I’ve told him my feelings. But I feel them very strongly. I really believe that what we are doing we’re gaining a safety and security, I believe, for Israel and the region that no alternative presents.”

Relations between Israel and the United States have been highly present in the media since the months before Netanyahu’s address to Congress and Israel’s stance against a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran. The final deal, which was made on July 14, is still under review by Congress.

On Saturday, United States presidential candidate Mike Huckabee stated in an interview on the final nuclear deal that, “This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history… He’s so naive he would trust the Iranians and he would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven.” President Obama responded to Huckabee’s remarks, stating that they are “considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad” and that “It doesn’t help inform the American people.” Huckabee was reported to have responded that he “will stand with our ally Israel to prevent the terrorists in Tehran from achieving their own stated goal of another Holocaust.”

Israel continues its efforts against any deal or sanctions relief on Iran, Prime Minister Netanyahu confirming the he will address the UN General Assembly on its 70th annual summit of world leaders in September.