A senior Israeli official has admitted that a real “crisis” exists in relations between Israel and the United States. Finance Minister Yair Lapid made this comment after the Obama administration refused the requests of Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon to meet several top national security aides. The United States government rejected Yaalon’s request for an audience with Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Secretary of State John Kerry on his trip to the US. Some members of the US government are still angry by Yaalon’s remarks about Kerry's Middle East peace efforts and nuclear talks with Iran. “There is a real crisis with the US government and the relationship must be managed respectfully and responsibly,” Lapid said. “Given some of his comments in the recent past, it should come as no surprise that he was denied some meetings,” a top US official said. Yaalon’s trip to the US was to mend the relations with the Obama administration. Earlier, Yaalon described John Kerry as “obsessive and messianic” when he was talking about the Kerry’s efforts to resume Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. Israeli defense chief apologized for the comments, but the statement was rejected by the Obama administration as “inadequate”. Then a few month later, the Yaalon made another fiery in which he slammed U.S. foreign policy towards Iran. The Defense Minister said that Obama was avoiding taking serious action against Iran, passing this task to his successor.