Has the Israel-US Relationship Been Damaged Irreparably?

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress has, to say the least, been controversial. Before he has taken the podium and begun to speak, analysts are wondering if his mere presence could finish unraveling the US-Israel relationship that has been said to be fraying over the last six years.

Dr. Jonathan Rynhold of the Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies is not inclined to say that the relationship is doomed, however difficult things have become between the personalities of President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. He is more concerned though that as Netanyahu takes the podium, he might have weakened his ability to reach Congressional Democrats.

“If anything, it has made it more difficult for the Prime Minister to use Congress to pressure the Administration because he’s lost a lot of Congressional Democrats. He’s played right into President Obama’s hand, being able to frame this as a partisan political attack on his administration.”

  • Brett_McS

    If anything gets unraveled by Netanyahu’s speech it will be the illusion – still held by a distressingly large number of people – that Obama and Kerry have any business at all being in charge of anything more complicated than a lemonade stand.

    • just a thought

      Yes. BIBI hasn’t “lost” any democrat support that he never had to begin with. Sometimes it’s good to “unravel” an illusion, especially when it was in place only to con one into self-destructive behavior.

    • Exile1981

      I for one would not drink any yellow liquid that kerry or Obama where attempting to sell to the public as lemonade. We all know they lie at every opportunity so you’d never be sure what it really was.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …can’t wait to see the “cutaway shots” of the Big Zero, during Bibi’s speech, yawning, pretending to be bored, doing his nails, or picking his nose…

    • Brett_McS

      They’ll telecast it on the golf course?

    • Xavier

      picking [cocaine out of] his nose…

    • Exile1981

      He’s not going, he’s going golfing instead.

  • Una Salus

    It’s only controversial because the administration has deliberately decided to make it so.

  • Hard Little Machine

    What support? This hasn’t created a rift, it revealed it. The dems will welcome the head executioner of the Saudi regime sooner than they would welcome any representative of Israel.

  • Millie_Woods

    Everything Obama’s State Department has touched is in flames. What makes anyone think these bozos (or traitors) will somehow be different when dealing with Iran?

    John Kerry, traitor, negotiating a nuclear agreement with religious nuts! Does anybody really think that’s going to go well?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    If Obama had kept his mouth shut instead of freaking out over the speech, the speech would make the news on the day of delivery and be forgotten on the morrow. Instead, Obama and his courtiers have hyped it into Washington’s main event this week. As for the relationship, once Obama is outta here, it will return to its normal level of dysfunction that goes back to 1948.

  • ntt1

    which of the US’s constant trusted allies hasn’t obumbles alienated ? now he has Kerry, an astounding stupid man, negotiating with a venal theocracy that neither seems to understand apart from obumbles muslim background of course