President Barack Obama used his first official visit to Israel and the West Bank to build urgency for restarting peace talks and seek more patience on confronting Iran, often speaking past government leaders to harness public support.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu advised President Barack Obama last month to back off, saying the U.S. had “no moral right” to stop Israel from attacking Iran in a bid to cripple its nuclear program.
President Barack Obama clashed so often and so publicly with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the first 16 months of his tenure that one Israeli newspaper reported Netanyahu believed Obama wanted a confrontation to improve U.S. ties to the Arab world.
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerge from their re-election campaigns confronting the same disputes that divided them last year: peace talks with the Palestinians, settlements and, above all, Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said their countries will continue to “work closely in the coming days” to break the impasse in Middle East peace talks.
Israeli and Palestinian leaders will resume efforts to defuse a dispute over settlement building today in Jerusalem after talks in Egypt overseen by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showed little sign of resolving the issue.