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A History of Obama-Netanyahu Tensions - The New York Times International


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Middle East|A History of Obama-Netanyahu Tensions

A History of Obama-Netanyahu Tensions

The State Department’s condemnation of an Israeli strike on a United Nations school in Gaza on Sunday was just the latest is a series of clashes between the Obama administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. AUG. 4, 2014

MARCH 2010

“The substance and timing of the announcement, particularly with the launching of proximity talks, is precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now.”

During a visit to the country by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Israel’s Interior Ministry announces plans to build 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem, a move defying American demands to freeze new settlements.

— Statement by Mr. Biden


“I'm concerned that we’re not seeing each side make the extra effort involved to get a breakthrough. Each of these incremental steps can end up breaking trust.”

As the Obama administration works to restart talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, another announcement of new settlement plans comes out of Israel. Mr. Obama expresses concern over the effect of the release on the peace process, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel responds.

— Mr. Obama

“Jerusalem is not a settlement; Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel.”

— Statement by Mr. Netanyahu’s office

MAY 2011
“Prime Minister Netanyahu expects to hear a reaffirmation from President Obama of U.S. commitments made to Israel in 2004, which were overwhelmingly supported by both houses of Congress.”

Mr. Netanyahu pushes back against President Obama’s endorsement of using Israel’s 1967 boundaries as a starting point for the creation of a Palestinian state. He cites a letter from President George W. Bush saying it would be unrealistic to expect that negotiations would result in 1967 boundaries.

— Statement by Mr. Netanyahu


“You are fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you.”

During a Group of 20 summit meeting, several French journalists overhear a private conversation between Mr. Obama and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France about Mr. Netanyahu.

— Mr. Obama


“Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.”

Mr. Netanyahu issues harsh comments in an apparent response to a statement by then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who said the United States was “not setting deadlines” on Iran’s nuclear program before issuing a military response.

— Mr. Netanyahu

APRIL 2014

“Poof, that was sort of the moment. We find ourselves where we are.”

In testimony before a congressional committee, Secretary of State John Kerry says that while both sides bore responsibility for faltering peace talks, the latest announcement of new settlements by Israel was the key event for the deadlock.

— Mr. Kerry

JUNE 2014

“I think the United States must make it absolutely clear to the Palestinian president that his pact with Hamas, a terrorist organization that seeks Israel’s liquidation, is simply unacceptable.”

Mr. Netanyahu expresses frustration over the Obama administration’s decision to work with the new Palestinian government, which was formed with the consent of the militant group Hamas.

— Mr. Netanyahu, to The Associated Press

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