The Obama administration clearly opposes Israeli settlement growth in
the Palestinian territories. So when Israeli officials announced new
settlements just moments before
President Biden's visit to Israel, and again before Prime Minister
Netanyahu's meeting with President
, it further chilled
the U.S.-Israel relationship. The always-vibrant
Israeli media is
abuzz over the strained alliance. Here's what they're saying.
'Disgraced, Isolated and Weaker' Haaretz's Aluf Benn shakes his head. "Instead of setting the diplomatic agenda, Netanyahu
surrendered control over it. Instead of leaving the Palestinian issue
aside and focusing on Iran, as he would like, Netanyahu now finds
himself fighting for the legitimacy of Israeli control over East
Jerusalem," he writes. "Netanyahu will need to work
hard to rehabilitate his image, knowing full well that Obama will not
relent, but instead demand that he stop zigzagging and decide, once and
for all, whether he stands with America or with the settlers."
Blame Obama, Despite Our Media Self-proclaimed "Ultra-Orthodox"
blogger Carl in Jerusalem explains,
"But before everyone assumes that Israel is blaming Netanyahu for what
happened, please remember that the Israeli media hates Netanyahu and
most of them cannot be trusted to give an objective account of who is at
fault." He adds, "My sense is that while Israelis are upset about what
happened, they are unified on Jerusalem, and that it's Obama who is
being seen as mostly to blame when it comes to the substance of the
- This Is Nothing New Haaretz's Avi Isaacharof writes, "There was never any real pressure - but the American demand
in principle to cease construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem
is long-standing. In fact, all American governments have made the same
demand of all Israeli governments, apart from on one occasion: The
letter of understanding penned by former U.S. president George W. Bush
that recognizes the principle of settlement blocs."
The Real Difference of Opinion It's all about where the Palestinian
leadership stands, writes the Jerusalem Post. "The
Israel-US dispute may have exploded over 1,600 homes in Ramat Shlomo, it
may be rumbling on viciously around the incendiary wider issue of any
and all Israeli building in east Jerusalem, but it is essentially rooted
in this stark difference of perception between Jerusalem and Washington
as to the Palestinian Authority’s peace-making readiness and
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