After 'Humiliation', Netanyahu Considering 'Confidence-Building' Steps : The Two-Way One of the biggest stories in Israel as the week draws to a close is the so-called "humiliation" of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Washington.

After 'Humiliation', Netanyahu Considering 'Confidence-Building' Steps

One of the biggest stories in Israel as the week draws to a close is the so-called "humiliation" of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Washington.

"The prime minister leaves America disgraced, isolated, and altogether weaker than when he came," says Haaretz.

One of the juiciest details to emerge from Netanyahu's visit to the White House:

According to The Telegraph, on Tuesday evening President Barack Obama left a meeting with the prime minister to go have dinner with the first lady and their daughters -- a diplomatic "dinner-time snub."

Politico has different details, saying that the president left the meeting "to put his daughters to bed." Either way, it says, the incident underscores a "deep chill" in U.S-Israeli relations, which have been damaged by Israeli announcements about plans to build more homes in east Jerusalem just as the U.S. is trying to get the Israeli-Palestinian peace process started again.

On Morning Edition, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reported from Jerusalem that "Israeli press reports said that Netanyahu was unprepared for the chilly reception he got at the White House."

And, she adds:

"There were, uncharacteristically for a visit of a key ally, no photo opportunities and no statements to the press. One commentator described the Obama administration as treating the Israeli leader with 'swinish contempt'."

Still, an Israeli official close to Netanyahu tells NPR that he is considering a series of "confidence-building measures" that might get the peace talks going. Those could include expressing a willingness to talk about final borders with a Palestinian state.

Here is Lourdes' report:

After 'Humiliation', Netanyahu Considering 'Confidence-Building' Steps

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