Any further fissures in the U.S.-Israel alliance could have a profound impact on Middle East security beyond the Arab-Israeli peace process. Israel has indicated it might attack Iran’s nuclear installations if Washington is unsuccessful in using diplomacy to curb Tehran’s actions.
In recent weeks, senior U.S. officials have visited Jerusalem and pressed Mr. Netanyahu to give diplomacy more time to work with Iran. Israeli officials, however, have publicly complained about the lack of progress in combating Iran.
Despite this animosity, the State Department confirmed Friday that this month Mrs. Clinton will address a gathering of Washington’s most powerful pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Mr. Netanyahu also is scheduled to speak at the event.