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The United States and Israel are trading private barbs and public reassurances after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's defiant re-election victory, just as the U.S. is nearing a nuclear deal with Israel's chief adversary, Iran.An early signal of Obama's displeasure came Wednesday, when White House press secretary Josh Earnest criticized Netanyahu's election-day warning to Israeli voters about high Arab turnout.(4) Weighing future vetoes of U.N. Security Council resolutions condemning Israeli settlements or other activity. In the past, U.S. use of the veto to support Israeli positions has been all but automatic.The Iran negotiations nearing a climax in Switzerland could spike the fever in U.S.-Israeli relations even higher. But here, the Israelis have recently hinted privately that they could live with a deal, even one that allows Iran to enrich some uranium, so long as it has tough provisions to cap Iran's nuclear program and verify compliance. Soleimani is pushing hard; the U.S. will need to curb his hegemony if it hopes to maintain Sunni support.
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