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.”