The U.S.-Israel Spat: Just a Sideshow

The back-and-forth between Obama and Netanyahu casts the roadblocks to peace in even starker light. Perhaps it is time for drastic action

Baz Ratner / Reuters

The Obama Administration is calling Israel out. "An insult," huffed David Axelrod after the Israeli government welcomed Vice President Joe Biden to the Holy Land by announcing plans to build 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem. The Israelis are sending "a deeply negative signal," Hillary Clinton told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a 43-minute phone call after Biden had left the country. Israel's ambassador to Washington was quoted calling it the biggest "crisis" between the U.S. and Israel in the past 30 years.

So what did all this venting of spleen actually accomplish? Not much. Netanyahu...

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