Via Laura Rozen:

Israel's Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren is reported to have told Israeli diplomats that the U.S. and Israel are experiencing a "tectonic rift," not a temporary crisis.

"There is no crisis in Israel-US relations because in a crisis there are ups and downs," Oren told a a closed briefing to senior officials in the Israeli Foreign Ministry's North America Branch and research division, Yedioth Ahronoth's Itamar Eichner reports.

"According to the Israeli diplomats, Oren said ...'Relations are in the state of a tectonic rift in which continents are drifting apart,'" Haaretz said.