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Mideast Expert: Obama-Netanyahu Cold War Is Not Over

By    |   Friday, 24 April 2015 04:56 PM

Although President Barack Obama appears to be trying to repair his relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one analyst says don't expect it to last.

While Obama is trying to tone down the tensions by doing things such as reaching out to Jewish groups and sending Vice President Joseph Biden to attend a recent celebration of Israel's independence, it doesn't mean there's been "any fundamental change in the administration's cold war against Mr. Netanyahu," Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars writes in an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal Friday.

Obama has largely won the fight over the nuclear deal with Iran, Miller notes, and the administration knows that it isn't going to convince Netanyahu to take its position on the issue.

The president's biggest challenge is getting Congress to accept the deal, and, to that end, he knows that if he continues to be at odds with the Israeli prime minister it won't help the situation with Congress.

Miller explains that while not all presidents have had great relationships with Israel's prime ministers, this "dysfunction has gone on longer, been more public, and done more damage to trust and confidence than any previous pair in the modern period."

The vice president of the Woodrow Wilson Center says that he worked at the State Department for more than 20 years and was intimately involved with U.S.-Israeli relations, in which he was an adviser on Arab-Israeli relations, and that he's never seen "a more fractious period."

Besides Iran, the other issue that Obama may want to raise before his tenure in office is over is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in an attempt "to leave some kind of legacy."

Either way, Miller predicts that sooner or later, the two leaders "will be back in the ring."

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