November 06, 2015

Netanyahu May Try to Mend Fences in First U.S. Visit Since Iran Deal

By Ilan Goldenberg

Source: The New York Times

Journalist(s) Julie Hirschfeld Davis

WASHINGTON — Democratic members of Congress felt the wrath of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and pro-Israel groups almost immediately after announcing their support for the nuclear deal with Iran.

They were left off the guest list of the annual Rosh Hashana reception at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, traditionally a bipartisan affair. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware was nearly disinvited by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee from a gathering with wealthy donors in New York City — a result, the group told members, of his “disappointing decision on the Iran vote.” Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, who is facing an expensive re-election campaign in 2016, had fund-raisers around the country canceled by pro-Israel supporters.

Now Mr. Netanyahu, who is to visit Washington on Monday for his first meeting with President Obama since the vote on the Iran deal, is trying to heal the deep wounds. But both sides are eyeing each other warily, nursing raw feelings and fearing that the bipartisanship that is part of the bond between the United States and Israel may still be at risk.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with ext...