Diplomacy

Obama to Be 'Honest' with Israel

President Obama is holding his ground on Israel: As he prepares to travel to the Arab World, he reiterated on NPR that he supports a freeze on settlements and said “Part of being a good friend is being honest. And I think there have been times where we are not as honest as we should be about the fact that the current direction.” Israel obviously does not like the demand, but neither do some Democrats. “My concern is that we are applying pressure to the wrong party in this dispute,” Shelley Berkley tells Politico. Reps. Anthony Weiner and Gary Ackerman also go on the record to criticize the plan.