Just out from Ha’aretz …
United States President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance Tuesday at a meeting Defense Minister Ehud Barak was holding in Washington, shortly before the U.S. leader was set to leave on a trip to the Middle East.
Obama spoke for about 15 minutes with Barak, who was meeting with National Security Adviser Gen. Jim Jones at the time.
The unplanned encounter came a day after senior American officials harshly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his policies, causing tensions between the Obama administration and Israel’s government to near crisis levels.
Late Update: Also see this very interesting column by Bradley Burston in Ha’aretz on what June may hold.
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