From The Wall Street Journal:
Acrimonious Week Tests U.S.-Israel Ties
One of the most tumultuous weeks in memory for relations between both countries ended on a note of deep estrangement
By Carol E Lee | March 20, 2015 7:45 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON—One of the most tumultuous weeks in memory for U.S.-Israel relations ended on a note of deep estrangement Friday, as the White House redoubled its criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
As the week closed, the Obama administration was refusing to take Mr. Netanyahu at his word after a second reversal of his position on a key issue in peace talks—the establishment of a Palestinian state as part of a “two-state solution.”
And the question of bonds between the U.S. and Israel took on a decidedly more partisan tint in Washington.
Among Republicans, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio announced plans to visit Israel later this month. Mr. Boehner, infuriating the White House, invited Mr. Netanyahu to deliver a speech to Congress earlier this month to criticize Iran nuclear talks President Barack Obama is pursuing. Mr. Boehner’s trip is set to coincide with a deadline in nuclear talks of March 31.
Among administration officials, White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough on Monday will address the pro-Israel group J Street, which is publicly in favor of the two-state solution.
On Friday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest went so far as to portray Mr. Netanyahu as out of step even with Republican presidential administrations—including former President George W. Bush, who supported the two-state solution.
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Now, what happened over the last week? It’s simple: 55% of Israeli voters, and over 60% of Israeli Jewish voters, voted for parties which will keep Benjamin Netanyahu in power. President Obama, in his belated “congratulatory” telephone call to Mr Netanyahu, told the Prime Minister that the United States would “reassess” aspects of its relationship with Israel. Mr Netanyahu backed off his campaign statement that there would be no Palestinian state under his watch, but, in all reality, his campaign statement was true: the Palestinians will never agree to terms which would give Israel as much security as the Prime Minister requires, and only if the Prime Minister is succeed by a total wimp — which is what President Obama wanted — would Israel agree to whatever Arab-tilted terms Mr Obama could negotiate.
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