Mideast peace has long been the Everest of diplomatic mountains, and those who’ve tried to scale it have generally followed the same route: small steps by each side to give both the confidence to take bolder ones.
Benjamin Netanyahu came to the U.S. to challenge what he called a “charm offensive” by Iran. The Israeli prime minister hasn’t found it easy getting his counterattack to resonate in a country preoccupied by domestic concerns and wary of foreign involvement.
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.
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.