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Has Obama had enough of Netanyahu?

President Barack Obama strongly supports the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, but is discouraged by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's repeated refusals.
U.S. President Barack Obama extends his hand to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting in the Oval office of the White House in Washington November 9, 2015. The two leaders meet here today for the first time since the Israeli leader lost his battle against the Iran nuclear deal, with Washington seeking his re-commitment to a two-state solution with the Palestinians.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTS6694
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Israeli-American relations are at an all-time low. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to meet President Barack Obama, as suggested by the White House, prior to the AIPAC conference on March 20 is another unprecedented blow to the relationship.

Obama does not mince words when describing his views of the Israeli prime minister. In his interview with Jeffrey Goldberg published in the April issue of The Atlantic, he recalled an incident when Netanyahu lectured him on the Middle East. Obama then criticized him, telling Netanyahu that, while he was an African-American son of a single mother, he now lives in the White House as he got elected president of the United States, and that he actually understands what Netanyahu was saying.

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