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RELATIONS BETWEEN OBAMA, NETANYAHU CAMPS HIT ROCK BOTTOM

by JOSH LEDERMAN ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  Published on December 29, 2016

US MideastHONOLULU — It took eight years of backbiting and pretending they got along for relations between President Barack Obama’s administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to finally hit rock bottom.

Though they’ve clashed bitterly before, mostly notably over Iran, the two governments seemed farther apart than ever after a speech Wednesday by Secretary of State John Kerry and last week’s United Nations resolution.

The key question for the Obama administration, newly willing to air grievances with Israel on live television, is why now?

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