US-Israel Relations

On Israel’s 67th Anniversary, Some Suggestions on How to Heal the US-Israel Relationship

04/23/2015

This week, Israel marks 67 years of independence and 67 years of a vibrant relationship with the United States.

Post-Speech, Relations Worsen

No nuclear program for Iran, says Israel; no nuclear weapon for Iran, says U.S.

03/03/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

For years, we tended to paper over a fundamental policy difference between Israel and the United States. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu long has talked about the need to dismantle fully Iran’s nuclear infrastructure that he describes as constituting an existential threat to Israel, while President Obama’s language consistently called for preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Netanyahu poses with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid. Getty Images

Bibi's Congress Speech Transcript

03/03/2015

The following is a transcript of the address Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered to Congress on March 3, 2015. The text was provided by the Prime Minister's Office.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking about Iran during a joint meeting of Congress, March 3. Getty Images

Netanyahu To Congress

A deal with Iran paves the way to the bomb.

03/03/2015

In his address to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argued that the proposed nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran will lead inexorably to a nuclear-armed Iran and war in the Middle East.

Who’s Creating ‘Daylight’ Now?

Netanyahu comes in for some criticism for meddling in U.S. election.

09/25/2012

Washington — In the U.S.-Israel relationship, “daylight” is back, but this time it’s Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is being called on to draw down the shades.

Netanyahu’s recent sharp rebuke of the Obama administration’s Iran policies has drawn equally pointed pushback from Jewish Democrats.

Bibi Netanyahu’s implied criticism of President Obama reflects Israeli-U.S. tensions. getyy images

Romney vs. Obama: Who Loves Israel More?

07/31/2012
Editor And Publisher

Isn’t it nice to see Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama fighting it out over who is Israel’s greater friend and ally?

My advice: sit back and enjoy it while it lasts, but don’t take it too seriously.

Gary Rosenblatt

A Unity Pledge That Backfired (Proving Its Point)

11/15/2011
Editor And Publisher

Speaking at the annual Anti-Defamation League meeting in New York last week, a senior official of the Obama White House warned that “harm could come” from turning differences over Mideast policy between the U.S. and Israel into “election-year talking points.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Maybe it's not a good time for an Obama visit to Israel, after all

An interesting item yesterday by Jerusalem Post blogger Shmuel Rosner, who  analyzes some of the wreckage of last week's Netanyahu-Obama meeting.

Obama's Israel interview, and the U.S.-Israel emotional gap

What is it about the Israeli psyche that talks about a U.S.-Israel alliance, but really demands an America that lavishes love on the Jewish state? And what is it about American policymakers that make them so blind to this need?

Bibi’s Back in Town

07/09/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

What a difference a few weeks make, eh?

It was only a month or so ago that Israel’s relationship with the United States government was in serious trouble. First it was the visit of Vice-President Biden to Israel that was marred by Israel’s ill-timed announcement of new housing starts in East Jerusalem. President Obama was said to be furious. Then it was Israel’s handling of the Gaza flotilla that seemed to anger everyone in the world who was awake and breathing at the time.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik
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