Continued Tension with Israel
By bringing Yisrael Beytenu chair Lieberman into his ruling coalition instead of opposition leader Herzog, Israeli PM Netanyahu exacerbated existing tensions between his govt. and that of U.S. pres. Barack Obama. In his 1st few mos. in office, Lieberman exhibited a strong-arm stance vis-à-vis the occupation as well as bullish opposition to the P5+1’s nuclear deal with Iran, which combined with Netanyahu and Obama’s specific and lingering disagreements further strained the Israel-U.S. relationship.