How Bibi Learned To Trust Barack

The prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran has forged a fragile peace between the leaders of Israel and the U.S.

Photography by Platon

For the past three years, Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu have had a relationship of mutual--and deepening--distrust. At their first meeting, in May 2009, Obama privately asked the Israeli Prime Minister to embrace the creation of a Palestinian state, but Netanyahu refused. A year later, at the height of the greatest U.S.-Israeli tensions in a generation, Obama left Netanyahu negotiating with White House aides in the West Wing while he went to dinner with his family, a move dubbed "the Snub" in the international media after it was leaked. By the time of their encounter in May 2011, Netanyahu was lecturing...

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