Tension Abounds As Obama, Netanyahu Meet For Final Time

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Sep 21, 2016 7:30 AM
Tension Abounds As Obama, Netanyahu Meet For Final Time

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu haven't exactly been two peas in a pod these past eight years. Politico has a quick explanation of their often hostile relationship ahead of what will be their final meeting on Wednesday as heads of state.

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are holding what is expected to be their final meeting as heads of government on Wednesday—and there is every reason to expect that this one in New York, at the United Nations General Assembly, will be as fruitless as previous encounters. It is no secret that U.S.-Israel relations have become volatile and tense over the past eight years, with Obama and Netanyahu sparring over Israeli settlements and the all-but-moribund peace process, Iran’s nuclear program, and the uprisings of the Arab Spring.

Their disagreements on these controversial topics have led to some rather public feuding. President Obama has accused Netanyahu of lecturing him at the White House and when Netanyahu directly addressed Congress last year about the Iranian nuclear deal, Obama was a no show. 

Can we expect more glares, more tension and more controversy on Wednesday?