Israel’s prime minister on Sunday departed for Washington on a trip that has become clouded in controversy following his appointment of a new spokesman who has spoken derisively about President Barack Obama.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to the White House comes at a sensitive time for Israel, which is still reeling from the international community’s nuclear deal with arch-enemy Iran and a wave of Palestinian violence that shows no signs of ending.
But as Netanyahu departed for Washington, attention remained focused on his appointment of Ran Baratz, a conservative commentator who has suggested in Facebook posts that Obama is anti-Semitic and Secretary of State John Kerry cannot be taken seriously.
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