Robert Fulford: Obama believes in Israel as a valuable long-time ally. He just gets angry when Israel doesn’t obey

National Post

For the sake of diplomacy and political reputations, the mutual irritation felt by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has for years been muffled by the habitual gentility of international rhetoric. Recently, however, their conflict has exploded into a public row. The cause of their rift is, of all things, a speech.

[np_storybar title=”Israeli PM faces growing calls to cancel ‘partisan’ trip to Washington that’s opposed by White House” link=”http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/02/08/israeli-pm-faces-growing-calls-to-cancel-partisan-trip-to-washington-thats-opposed-by-white-house/”]A national leader’s appearance before the U.S. Congress is usually a source of pride and unity. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned trip to Washington – opposed by the White House and many Democrats – has Israel in uproar.

The Israeli leader faces growing calls to cancel the visit as rivals accuse him of risking Israel’s relations with the United States in hopes of winning extra votes in next month’s Israeli parliamentary election.

But Netanyahu has shown no signs…

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