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Netanyahu and Obama clash again; Is it politics? ANALYSIS 05/23/2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Netanyahu and Obama clash again; Is it politics?

ANALYSIS

05/23/2011
WASHINGTON — The United States and Israel are the closest of allies, the best of friends. Their leaders clearly are not.

The rocky ties between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit a new low this week as the Israeli leader dismissively rejected Obama’s Middle East vision and then proceeded to lecture him in the Oval Office.

And observers fear they could get worse as both take their cases to Washington’s powerful pro-Israel lobby and Netanyahu prepares to address Congress, seen by many as an occasion where he may try to rally US lawmakers against the president.

Netanyahu’s willingness to incur Obama’s enmity puzzled many, particularly with the Israelis desperately needing help from the United States in heading off a bid by the Palestinians to have the United Nations recognize an independent state in September..... MORE

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