The United States and long time ally, Israel, are now facing a rift in the relationship. In the past few weeks especially, there has been a lot of talk of a two-state solution between Palestinians and Israelis, and President Obama has made his support of this action clear. However, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of Israel previously announced, before last week’s elections, that he completely disapproved of a two-state solution. After he was re-elected as prime minister, Netanyahu revised his original position and now seems to be in support of it.
Despite his return to a more desired stance, the Obama administration has announced that it is reassessing its options in Israel. While the U.S. government does not want to discontinue aid to Israel, the current status quo is unacceptable, and a new solution must be found. However, Israel is not the only cause of the presently unsteady relationship. The United States has been in talks with Iran for a while now regarding their nuclear program, particularly in Tehran, and Netanyahu has not taken that lightly. However, since Netanyahu has been reelected, President Obama and future administrations will need to figure out a better way of effectively working with Israel while still working to promote fair treatment and peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Contributor: Raina Searles