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    Barack and Bibi Suffer the Rockiest of Marriages

    They wanted it to work. But for all their handshaking, the bond between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Obama has deteriorated. There was bad blood years before Monday’s “fantastic” reconciliation in Washington, with Obama’s staff remembering diplomatic slights from administrations past, and the brashness of some Israeli aides making matters worse. Add unexpected settlement approvals, brutal calls from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Bibi’s backer bankrolling Mitt Romney and the Iran fallout … and you get a sense for the Tolstoy-style drama and animosity that may linger well after 2016.

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