Israeli Envoy: U.S. Ties in ‘Crisis of Historic Proportions’

March 15, 2010 04:14

Obama’s change brought to foreign relations has been to disparage allies and befriend enemies.

Fox News reports:

Israeli media carried Ambassador Michael Oren’s remarks as officials said the Obama administration is pressuring the Jewish nation to scrap the east Jerusalem building project that has ignited turmoil.

U.S.-Israeli relations have hit a 35-year low over a contentious east Jerusalem building project that threatens to derail peacemaking efforts with the Palestinians, Israel’s envoy to Washington was quoted as saying Monday.

Ambassador Michael Oren’s remarks clashed with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assurances that the political turmoil resulting from the settlement announcement, which the Obama administration slammed as “an insult,” was under control.

“Israel’s ties with the United States are in their worst crisis since 1975 … a crisis of historic proportions,” the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper quoted Oren as saying to Israeli diplomats in a phone briefing over the weekend.

Israeli officials said that the U.S. is pressing the Jewish nation to scrap the east Jerusalem building project.

Competing Israeli and Palestinian claims to east Jerusalem were feeding tensions in the holy city, where Arabs and Jews maintain an uneasy coexistence and sometimes clash. Police were out in large numbers in the volatile Old City in expectation of renewed clashes.


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