Netanyahu inflames tensions with Democrats over Palestinian statehood (Axios)

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    Netanyahu inflames tensions with Democrats over Palestinian statehood – By Andrew Solender (Axios) / Jan 19, 2024

    Democratic members of Congress and the Biden administration are admonishing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for opposing the establishment of Palestinian state after the Israel-Hamas war.

    Why it matters: It’s just the latest rift between Democrats in Washington and Israel as President Biden begins to lose his patience with the Israeli premier.

    • “He’s just proving to be an incredibly problematic partner … it’s a growing issue,” said a House Democrat, adding, “The special relationship is with Israel, not with Bibi.”

    Driving the news: Netanyahu said in a press conference on Thursday that, as part of any resolution ending the active conflict in Gaza, Israel “needs security control over all territory west of the Jordan [River].”

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