Denis McDonough: U.S.-Israel relations ‘deep and abiding’

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Denis McDonough: U.S.-Israel relations ‘deep and abiding’.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said on Sunday the U.S. relationship with Israel remains strong despite President Barack Obama not meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during his upcoming trip to Washington. “Our relationship with Israel is many faceted, deep and abiding,” McDonough said on NBC’s “Meet the Press. “It’s focused on a shared series of threats, but also, on a shared series of values that one particular instance is not going to inform overwhelming,” Netanyahu is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress in March at the behest of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who bypassed the White House with the invitation. He will not,” McDonough said at the end of a spirited back-and-forth with Chris Wallace, host of “Fox News Sunday.” Wallace noted that President Obama had previously said the midterm elections would be a referendum on his agenda. Likewise, “I don’t see a pathway to getting the DHS appropriations bill” passed, McDonough said, referring to the bill needed to continue funding the Department of Homeland Security, the budget of which has become a target of critics who want to stop Obama’s executive action on immigration. McDonough said he wasn’t sure what an unnamed senior American official, who was quoted in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Friday, meant with the statement: “There are things you simply don’t do,” speaking of Netanyahu. “He spat in our face publicly, and that’s no way to behave.

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