March 15, 2010
Relations between Israel and the United States have hit a 35-year low, Israel’s ambassador in Washington said amid simmering tensions between the two key allies.
“Israel’s relations with the US are facing the most severe crisis since 1975,” the Yediot Aharonot newspaper Monday quoted ambassador Michael Oren, a prominent Middle East historian, as telling consuls in the United States during a telephone briefing over the weekend.
That year US calls for a partial Israeli withdrawal from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, then under Israeli occupation, ignited a major crisis between the two allies.
The latest diplomatic upheaval started when Israel gave its green light for construction of 1,600 new homes for Jewish settlers in east Jerusalem during a visit by US Vice President Joe Biden last week aimed at promoting indirect peace talks with the Palestinians.