During the Bush Administration, the US and Israel worked hand in glove, but President Obama has outraged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama demands a "freeze" on settlements in the West Bank and that a Jewish housing development in East Jerusalem not be permitted. Former diplomats say Obama's reneging on promises made by President Bush. Most American Jews still support the President, but even left-wing Israelis want reassurances that the US is still a friend. As the US tries to restart the peace process, we try to sort this all out.
Elliott Abrams, former Deputy Advisor for Middle East Affairs, National Security Council
Ori Nir, Americans for Peace Now
Jonathan Tobin, Commentary magazine (@TobinCommentary)
Gerald Steinberg, Bar Ilan University (@GeraldNGOM)
Ron Kampeas, JTA (@kampeas)