What a stretch it’s been in U.S.-Israel relations.
Joe Biden snubbed in Israel. The vice president quoted saying, essentially, that Israeli policy is getting American soldiers killed. The Pentagon seconding something like that notion. Hillary Clinton dressing down the Israeli prime minister. The Israeli ambassador in the headlines saying it's the worst crisis in 35 years.
Now the headlines are full of denials, clarifications, and attestations of unbreakable bonds. But something unusual just broke in the open here. And it’s not over.
This hour, On Point: American interests and the blowup with Israel.
Joining us from Washington are:
Mark Perry, an author who specializes in military, intelligence and foreign affairs analysis. His online piece for Foreign Policy magazine, “The Petraeus briefing: Biden's embarrassment is not the whole story,” put the issue of the Pentagon’s interest in this issue in public in an unusual way. His book “Talking to Terrorists: Why America Must Engage With Its Enemies,” won the National Jewish Book Award. He also served, from 1989 to 2004, as a consultant to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Martin Indyk, vice president and director of foreign policy at Brookings and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel. He is the author of "Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peacemaking Diplomacy in the Middle East."
David Sanger, Pulitzer Prize-winning chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times. His book, "The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power," has just come out in paperback in an updated edition.
This program aired on March 18, 2010.