Still buddies? Mideast violence tests Biden and Netanyahu’s friendship


As tensions rose between the White House and Israel almost seven years ago, then-Vice President Joe Biden assured a Jewish audience that he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were “still buddies.”

It didn’t matter that Netanyahu had treated Biden’s boss, President Barack Obama, with disdain; that the Israeli leader was actively seeking to derail U.S. nuclear talks with Iran; or that he’d so frustrated the White House that a top U.S. official called him “chickenshit.”

It wasn’t just policy disagreements that strained the relationship. On a much-heralded 2010 trip to Israel, Netanyahu’s government embarrassed Biden himself by using that moment to announce new Israeli settlement

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