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It is noteworthy that the most senior American officials have pointedly criticized Netanyahu, saying his actions threaten the U.S.-Israel relationship that has always enjoyed bipartisan support.The fact that several dozen members of Congress have also stated that they will skip the Tuesday speech points to the deeper dynamics that Netanyahu's visit has unleashed. These dynamics are about what happens when Israeli leaders' actions go so far that they test whether bipartisan support for Israel across the American political spectrum is stronger than what the American president deems important for the national interest of the United States.Such strong, personalized editorial attacks against an incumbent Israeli prime minister are particularly noteworthy when they include matter-of-fact expectations for softer American support for Israel. We also see signs that the once monochrome American-Israeli embrace is becoming more nuanced, with the U.S. fully supporting Israel's security but opposing some specific diplomatic positions that Israel would like the U.S. to take.
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