>> A tense moment in the so-called special relationship. The UK issuing a rare rebuke to the United States over its recent comments about Israel. Secretary of State John Kerry this week, branded the current government the most right-wing in Israel's history. And warned it was jeopardizing hopes of piece by building settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Britain distancing itself from the remarks Friday, saying the settlements were far from the only problem in the conflict. A spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May also said it was inappropriate to attack the composition of an ally's democratically elected government. May's reaction came as a surprise to the US which reponded by saying Kerry's speech was in line with Britain's own policy.
Indeed, the UK this week voted for the UN Security Council resolution, demanding an end to Israeli settlement building which the US decided not to veto. Some believe May is trying to align herself more closely with President-elect Donald Trump, who she so far struggled to build relations with. Trump is promising a starkly different approach to Obama when he takes control next month.