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Obama's tense relationship with Netanyahu colors his legacy on Israel

Obama's tense relationship with Netanyahu colors his legacy on Israel

After eight years of tense meetings, awkward public encounters and disagreement over key issues, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are aiming to leave the impression that the relationship between their nations is on an even keel, much as they found it when they both came to office in 2009.

Each pointed Wednesday to the new deal guaranteeing the U.S. will spend $38 billion on military aid to Israel over the next 10 years as a sign of America’s commitment to its ally.   

“The bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable,” Obama said as the two shook hands on the pact at their...

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