Although Netanyahu has been vocally opposed to Biden’s post-war vision of a PA-run Palestinian state in Gaza, no mainstream Israeli politician on the right or left would act differently. Even Yair Lapid, the opposition leader of the Israeli center-left has said that “no one in the world” would agree to hand over Gaza to the PA.

It is unlikely that another Israeli prime minister would give the Biden administration more.

So, what caused this recent schism in U.S.-Israel relations? It’s mainly domestic U.S. politics. It’s an election year and the administration is worried about progressive and pro-Palestinian voters who are unhappy with U.S. support for Israel. In last month’s Michigan Democratic primary, more than 100,000 people voted “uncommitted” to lodge their disapproval of the president. Senate Democrats have also stepped up their pressure on Biden to ease the suffering of Gazans.

Politics isn’t the only cause for Biden’s change in course. The administration is ideologically committed to a two-state solution and wants to force this vision on the region despite the PA’s vast unpopularitysupport for terrorcontinuous incitement and crippling corruption. Biden also ignores that 72 percent of Palestinians and 65 percent of Israelis are against a two state solution.

With this backdrop, Netanyahu and his right-wing government, which includes far right members such as Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir, often provide the administration the perfect excuse to criticize Israel. By claiming that the schism in relations is either Netanyahu’s or his coalition’s fault, the administration can make concessions to progressives while claiming to still be “pro-Israel.”

It is telling that the State Department was quick to condemn Ben Gvir and Smotrich for their calls to relocate Palestinians from the Gaza Strip yet remained silent when senior PA Legislator Jibril Rajoub threatened another Oct. 7 massacre coming from the West Bank.

To be sure, there are good reasons to criticize Netanyahu.

His divisive politics—such as judicial reforms that brought half the country into the streets—and policy of maintaining bad status quos instead of addressing problems—like allowing Hamas to maintain power in Gaza—were two of the driving causes of the Oct. 7 massacre. Had Israel been united and proactive in dealing with Hamas, the country would not be at war.

Yet to date, Netanyahu refuses to take any responsibility for Oct. 7 even though as many as 80 percent of Israelis believe that he should.

But despite his many flaws, foreign and domestic, Netanyahu is not a dictator running a banana republic. Israel is a sovereign nation with a democratically elected leader. And when it comes to destroying Hamas and not allowing a Palestinian state run by the PA on Israel’s borders, the vast majority of Israelis are united behind him.

This current rift in U.S.-Israeli relations is indeed partly political, but under that veil lies an unmistakable possessiveness coming from Washington. The administration is not mad at Netanyahu’s many flaws, but the fact he is not towing the U.S. line.

Joseph Epstein is the director of legislative affairs for the Endowment of Middle East Truth (EMET).

The views expressed in this article are the writer’s own.