If this really was the worst crisis in US-Israeli relations for thirty years that would be pretty dramatic. But whatever the private verdict of the Israeli ambassador to America, I find it hard to believe that it’s quite that serious. If it is that bad, why is the New York Times, which follows this relationship in minute detail, not giving the story more play?
What is pretty clear is that the Obama administration has decided that this time they are going to go public with their unhappiness about the Israeli government’s decision to expand settlements in east Jerusalem – and the fact that the announcement was made while Vice-President Joe Biden was actually in Israel. I think the whole “weak Obama” narrative began when the president demanded that the Israelis stop settlements and was cooly ignored by the Netanyahu government. Maybe that still rankles in the White House? Read more