Over Gaza, White House-Israel relations tense

After months of worsening tensions, the US-Israeli diplomatic relationship has reached new lows, The Times of Israel is reporting this morning.

Citing a report in the Wall Street Journal (link requires subscription), The Times of Israel says the White House and State Department last month tightened the reins on arms transfers to Israel and blocked the delivery of a batch of Hellfire precision missiles.

The newspaper also reports a “particularly combative phone call on Wednesday” between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Today, many administration officials say the Gaza conflict — the third between Israel and Hamas in under six years — has persuaded them that Mr. Netanyahu and his national security team are both reckless and untrustworthy,” the Journal report said. “Israeli officials, in turn, describe the Obama administration as weak and naïve.”


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