• Netanyahu speech risks more than Obama’s ire


    WASHINGTON D.C.: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress next week will shatter already poor relations with President Barack Obama and test the resilience of US-Israeli ties. Since Netanyahu and Obama came to power in 2009 they have had a testy relationship, clashing over Israeli settlement building and the moribund Middle East peace process. But on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), Netanyahu will appear in Obama’s backyard, at Republicans’ invitation, and ask Congress to oppose a policy the White House views as pivotal to US national security and to the president’s legacy.



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