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Name-calling flap is latest sign of tension between Israel and U.S.
Name-calling flap is latest sign of tension between Israel and U.S.

A flap over an American official’s reported use of a barnyard epithet to describe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu illustrates a more serious debate over whether the country’s ties with the United States have been irretrievably damaged by a string of unusually public confrontations. In a much-discussed magazine article, Jeffrey Goldberg, an influential writer on Mideastern affairs, posited a “momentous shift” in the Obama administration’s view of Netanyahu. The article included an attention-getting characterization from an anonymous administration official who referred to the prime minister with a pungent term that incorporates the word...

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