Hi, Dan Damon here. I present World Update.
The longstanding friendship between Israel and the United States is under strain. Last week, Israel’s ambassador to the US said relations were at a 35 year low.
President Obama was said to be furious at the Israeli government for announcing the construction of new homes in East Jerusalem while US Vice President, Joe Biden, was visiting Israel to kick-start a stalled peace process. The whole row comes as top pro-Israeli lobby in the US, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC holds its annual meeting.
This could be a turning point. To date, Israel has depended upon – maybe even expected – the US to be unwaivering in it’s support. But yesterday Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said the US wanted more from Israel,
“The status quo is unsustainable for all sides. It promises only more violence and unrealised aspirations. Staying on this course means continuing a conflict that carries tragic human costs.”
On Tuesday, World Update is going to be looking in depth at where the US-Israel relationship is heading. Do you think it needs to change? Is Israel’s lobby in the US too powerful? Let us know – and join me for the programme if you can at 10:00 GMT.