U.S.-Israeli relations

On AIPAC: The Struggle To Be Non-Partisan In A Hyper-Partisan Time

03/24/2016 - 12:17

For an organization that prides itself on nurturing bi-partisan support for the State of Israel in the halls of Congress, AIPAC has somehow managed, for the second year in a row, to be at the epicenter of a firestorm that is all about partisanship. To be sure, that is not the story that it wanted to come out of its just-concluded annual Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Post-Deal, Israel Seen Seeking New Tack

Improved relations with U.S. may now be the goal, analysts say.

09/16/2015 - 20:00
Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has clashed with the Obama administration repeatedly for years over the Iran nuclear deal, calling it an historic mistake that risks Israel’s existence and threatens the West.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given signs that he will work to improve diplomatic ties between Israel and the U.S.

Runner-up Story of the Year: The Ties That Strain

12/30/2013 - 19:00

You could feel the fabric fraying from Jerusalem to Pennsylvania Avenue. Thanks to the prospect of a nuclear Iran, the ties between the U.S. and Israel were under more strain in 2013 year than in any year in recent memory. As the Obama administration pursued negotiations with Iran in an attempt to defuse the Islamic republic’s nuclear intentions, Bibi Netanyahu cried foul — long and loud. A nuclear Iran is an “existential” threat to Israel, he said, and a dangerous prospect as well to moderate Arab states like Saudi Arabia. He blasted the interim deal hammered out in Geneva as “a historic mistake.” And he put American Jews squarely in the middle of the fight at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, where he urged participants to lobby against their own country’s diplomatic position.

President Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Getty Images

Averting Disaster In U.S.-Israeli Relations

03/17/2010 - 20:00

Remember “The Poseidon Adventure,” the melodramatic 1972 film about a group of desperate passengers aboard an aging, ill-fated luxury liner about to sink?

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