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Obama-Netanyahu relations never promised happily-ever-after

1 year 10 months 2 weeks ago March 02, 2015 Mar 2, 2015 Monday, March 02 2015 March 02, 2015 1:18 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This was never happily-ever-after waiting to happen.

When President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office early in 2009, there were plenty of reasons to expect their relationship would be difficult.

The cerebral president and the brash prime minister have stark differences in personality, politics and world view.

Still, few could have predicted the downward spiral of backbiting, lecturing and outright name-calling that has occurred.

Start with the differences between Obama and Netanyahu. Add in disagreements over Iran's nuclear program, a Republican-led Congress that's trying to assert itself and the coming Israeli elections. One expert calls it a perfect storm.

Netanyahu is speaking to a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday.

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