Obama Dismisses Talk of “Crisis” with Israel

Mar 17, 2010 7:16pm

ABC News’ Karen Travers and Sunlen Miller report:

President Obama said tonight that the latest tensions over settlements and strong statements from the United States do not constitute a crisis with Israel.

“Israel is one of our closest allies,” Obama said in an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier. “But friends are going to disagree sometimes.”

He said he specifically sent Vice President Biden to the region to “send a message of support and reassurance” about his belief that Israel’s security is “sacrosanct.”

“When I sent Vice President Biden there it was at a moment where we were trying to restart talks between the pal and Israel,’ he said. “The actions taken by the interior minister in Israel weren’t helpful to that process. Prime Minister Netanyahu acknowledged as much and apologized for it.”

Obama said both sides need to take steps to “rebuilt trust.”

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