United States Security of State John Kerry held a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday since the peace talks had not made any major progress in the past five months. The meeting was aimed to calm Netanyahu after an “infuriating” agreement with Iran to curb Tehran’s nuclear program. Kerry reassured Netanyahu that the “bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable.” Kerry also stated that Israel’s security was a necessary part of its ongoing peace negotiations.
Kerry provided Netanyahu with “some thoughts” about security arrangements to be put in place once Israelis and Palestinians negotiate a peace agreement. The proposal seemed to consist of a more active United States role in the talks, in which they present their own proposals.
Both the US and Israel expressed their commitment to maintain a good relationship with each other. However, these statements were made before the US’s nuclear deal with Iran. Since then, the tensions have gotten so bad that Israelis officials suggested that the government find new allies.
Obama stated that the fear of the Holocaust has led Israelis to fight back even against historic allies (the US). Because of this, Kerry has lost leverage on Israeli-Palestinian peace and now he is going to approach Netanyahu and ask him to make compromises. Obama states he did not believe Netanyahu would budge at all.
Why do you think Kerry is trying to ease tensions with Israel now?
What impact will this have for Israeli and US relations? Will they go back to normal even if the US still has an agreement with Iran?