Nudge on Arms Further Divides the U.S. and Israel
By MARK LANDLER
At a meeting to review the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in May, the
Israel believed it had assurances from the Obama administration that it would reject efforts to include such a reference, an Israeli official said, and it saw this as another sign of unreliability by its most important ally. In a recent visit to
With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scheduled to meet President Obama on Tuesday at the White House, the flap may introduce a discordant note into a meeting that both sides are eager to portray as a chance for Israel and the United States to turn the page after a rocky period.
Other things have changed notably for the better in American-Israeli relations since Mr. Netanyahu called off his last visit to the White House to rush home to deal with the crisis after Israel’s deadly attack on a humanitarian aid flotilla sailing to Gaza in late May. His agreement to ease the land blockade on
Meanwhile, the raft of new sanctions against
“The overall tone is more of a feel-good visit than we’ve seen in the past,” said David Makovsky, director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “It has been more focused on making sure that the Ides of March have passed.”
He was referring to the dispute during a visit to Israel by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in March, when
But despite the better atmospherics, some analysts said the nuclear nonproliferation issue symbolizes why
At the last review conference, in 2005, the Bush administration refused to go along with any references to
Administration officials said the
In a statement released after the conference ended, the national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones, said, “The
It also would complicate the administration’s attempts to build bridges to the Arab world, an effort that is at the heart of some of the disagreements between the
Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Obama will have plenty of other things to discuss this week. After several rounds of indirect talks, brokered by the administration’s special envoy, George J. Mitchell, the United States is pushing the Israelis and the Palestinians to begin direct negotiations.
A central question, analysts said, is whether Mr. Netanyahu will extend
For Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu, the most basic priority may be establishing trust between them — which is why the flap over the nuclear conference, though small, is potentially troublesome.
“Most American presidents who end up being successful on
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