Obama cool to Netanyahu

NetanyahuIsraeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu got a cool reception from the Obama White House, as a dispute over new housing settlements in East Jerusalem continues to roil U.S.-Israeli relations.  International Relations Professor Augustus Richard Norton, a Middle-East authority, says in his blog that Netanyahu operates within an ideology that basically rejects a two-state solution with the Palestinians and more Israelis are getting uncomfortable with that attitude.

“Notwithstanding Netanyahu’s embrace by some congresspeople, one of the promising developments since the Biden slap has been evidence of growing unease in Israel about Netanyahu’s leadership.  A wise U.S. President will not do anything to reduce the doubts.”

Contact Augustus Richard Norton, 617-353-7808, arn@bu.edu

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