For Israel and the US, trouble in paradise

US President Barack Obama, right, speaks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a bilateral meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, October 1, 2014 (photo credit: AFP/ Jim WATSON)
While Netanyahu has likened himself and Obama to an ‘old couple,’ recent rhetoric leaves little room for doubt — they’re fantasizing about divorce.

ByRebecca Shimoni StoilThe Times of Israel

WASHINGTON — Ask anyone on the record in Washington, and they’ll tell you there is no crisis. During his visit here this week, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said as much – even while he was snubbed by Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden.

Lobbyists say it when they’re asked about the slow resupply of Israel with arms during and following the war in Gaza over the summer.

Earlier this month Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama were at pains to show their friendliness – literally hours before the administration issued an unusually harsh condemnation of Israeli building plans in a contested Jerusalem neighborhood.

You’d think the special friendship was as ironclad as ever, and it’s business as usual. Only it isn’t.

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