March 26, 2015

Crisis in United States-Israel Relations

Robert O. Freedman, Visiting Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Freedman a professor at Baltimore Hebrew University and Johns Hopkins discusses the current state of Israel-US relations. He first outlines the longstanding allegiance, particularly regarding security, between Israel and the US starting with Truman all the way to Obama. He notes that the current relationship is the worst it has ever been. The Obama administration’s constantly changing policy with Israel and his poor working relationship with Netanyahu has heightened tensions between the two nations. He fears that the relationship is the worst that is has ever been, particularly because the once bipartisan issue is becoming partisan—with Republicans siding with Israel and Democrats disagreeing.