Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be reelected as prime minister on Tuesday, when Israel holds its parliamentary elections, but there is one person who may be hoping for a last-minute turn of events: U.S. President Barack Obama.
Obama and Netanayhu's poor relationship has been well documented, but most recently, their friendship has come under even deeper scrutiny after comments which Obama made to Jeffrey Goldberg about Netanyahu. Goldberg's article quote Obama as saying, "Israel doesn't know what its own best interests are." Apparently, Goldberg said Obama views Netanyahu as a "political coward."
For his part, Netanyahu has since accused Obama of meddling in the Israel election because of these comments.
Goldberg wrote, "On matters related to the Palestinians, the president seems to view the prime minister as a political coward, an essentially unchallenged leader who nevertheless is unwilling to lead or spend political capital to advance the cause of compromise."
"Obama... has been consistent in his analysis of Israel's underlying challenge: If it doesn't disentangle itself from the lives of West Bank Palestinians, the world will one day decide it is behaving as an apartheid state."
Goldberg's article raises the possibilty that U.S-Israel relations will deteriorate even further in Netanyahu's second term. Netanyahu openly supported Mitt Romney for president in the 2012 election. Goldberg says Obama is reluctant to put any efforts toward the peace process in his second term because Netanyahu contines to expand Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
In order to dial down tensions, Israeli president Shimon Peres is scheduled to meet a delegation of U.S. senators in Jerusalem this weekend to strengthen the relations between the two allies.
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