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US-Israel relationship is as tight as ever, Obama and Netanyahu say

After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Tuesday, Obama disputed that there is any coolness in the US-Israel relationship.

President Barack Obama walk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Netanyahu's car outside the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday. Netanyahu has called the US-Israel relationship 'unbreakable.'

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Yes, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama appear to be getting along fine, for now. They sought to present a united front to the world on Tuesday following a White House meeting, with both emphasizing the shared values that underlie the US-Israel relationship.

“The bond between Israel and the United States is unbreakable,” Mr. Netanyahu said.

Mr. Obama, for his part, disagreed with the premise of a questioner who asked about a perceived coolness between the White House and Israel.

“If you look at every public statement that I’ve made over the last year and a half, it has been a constant reaffirmation of the special relationship between the United States and Israel,” said the US president.

But how will these two new best friends feel about each other in the fall? That’s when the current Israeli moratorium on new settlement activity expires, among other things. Initial indications were that the White House did not get Netanyahu to promise to extend the ban.


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