Despite several reports indicating high tensions between Washington and Jerusalem, the diplomatic relationship between the US and Israel is just fine, New York City (NYC) Public Advocate Letitia James stated to Arutz Sheva.

"I think the relationship between US President Barack Obama, and the United States and Israel, has never been stronger," James said. "I think it's a non-partisan issue. We stand together with Israel." 

James noted that she, herself, is planning to visit Israel in May. 

"I think it demonstrates the fact that we are all committed to Israel," she added. "We're all committed to peace, we're all committed to understanding; Israel is our ally in a territory where they are threatened each and every day." 

Disparity between White House, greater America?

Several politicians, including presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, have insisted that Israel should not become a partisan issue and that the majority of Capitol Hill stands behind the Jewish state. 

Indeed, tensions have between Jerusalem and Washington have been on the rise, most recently over comments made by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu before the elections, that he would do everything in his power to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu later backtracked on those comments, saying he wants “a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution”. The White House, however, was not convinced, dismissing the comments and bluntly warning Israel that its "occupation of Palestinian land" must end.

The relations were tense even before this, however, and revolved around Netanyahu’s speech to Congress which was organized by House Republicans, bypassing the White House.

Both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry said they would not meet with Netanyahu while he is in Washington, citing the proximity of his visit to the elections in Israel.