White House lashes Israeli envoy over Netanyahu speech

By TIMES OF ISRAEL— In a scathing rebuke, a senior Obama administration official has charged that Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, has been working to advance the political fortunes of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the expense of the US-Israel relationship, The New York Times reported Wednesday. The accusation marks a striking escalation in…

Netanyahu ‘spat in our face,’ White House officials said to say

By TIMES OF ISRAEL— The White House’s outrage over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to speak before Congress in March — a move he failed to coordinate with the administration — began to seep through the diplomatic cracks on Friday, with officials telling Haaretz the Israeli leader had “spat” in President Barack Obama’s face. “We…

Iran, Obama, Boehner and Netanyahu

By CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST— Iran has apparently produced an intercontinental ballistic missile whose range far exceeds the distance between Iran and Israel, and between Iran and Europe. On Wednesday night, Channel 2 showed satellite imagery taken by Israel’s Eros-B satellite that was launched last April. The imagery showed new missile-related sites that Iran recently constructed…

America: Israel Among Top Most “Unacceptable” Countries

By DAVID LAZARUS, ISRAEL TODAY— The US State Department in 2014 condemned Israel as one of the most “unacceptable” countries in the world, just behind North Korea. According to an article published last week by Foreign Policy, over the past year the Obama Administration State Department cited Israel for “unacceptable behavior” more times than Pakistan,…

US Congress passes Israel strategic partnership bill

By ASSOCIATED PRESS– US lawmakers voted unanimously Wednesday to pass legislation making Israel a “major strategic partner” of the United States, deepening a bilateral bond that has recently shown signs of strain. In a voice vote, the House approved the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014, which expands cooperation in defense and security, energy,…

Obama, not Bibi, created U.S.-Israel crisis

By JONATHAN TOBIN, COMMENTARY— Since Barack Obama became president, The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg has been a reliable indicator of administration opinion about foreign-policy issues. Like some other journalists who can be counted on to support the president, he has been the recipient of some juicy leaks, especially when the White House wants to trash Israel’s…