Grassley: US-Israeli partnership might be 'over'
© Greg Nash
Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP braces for impeachment brawl PhRMA CEO warns Pelosi bill to lower drug prices would be 'devastating' for industry GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe MORE (R-Iowa) on Saturday suggested the U.S.-Israeli partnership had been permanently damaged based on President Obama's response to the reelection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
 
Grassley tweeted: 
 
 
Obama said in a Huffington Post interview published Saturday that the U.S. would take Netanyahu "at his word" that he wouldn't allow a Palestinian state to be established during his term. 
 
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Netanyahu made the remark on the eve of his reelection, but apparently walked it back in an interview Thursday on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell. 
 
The White House also took issue with his remarks running up to the elections on Arab-Israeli voters.
 
“The United States and this administration is deeply concerned about rhetoric that seeks to marginalize Arab-Israeli citizens,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday.
 
Earnest suggested Friday the U.S. could change its policy toward its longtime and closest Middle East ally, which Obama reiterated to The Huffington Post, citing his congratulatory call to Netanyahu.
 
"I indicated to him that given his statements prior to the election, it is going to be hard to find a path where people are seriously believing that negotiations are possible," Obama said, referring to Palestine.
 
Grassley also invoked the Obama administration's response regarding a potential deal on Iran's nuclear program:
 
 
His comments came after a top French official took a strong stance on the negotiations, saying any final deal over Iran's nuclear program must prevent the nation from acquiring an atomic weapon.
 
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted Saturday that any agreement was “fraudulent” without loosened financial penalties on Tehran.