Neither President Barack Obama nor Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he visits the United States in March.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest says Obama wants to avoid the appearance of endorsing Netanyahu in the upcoming Israeli elections.
But some see it as retaliation because Earnest also said Israel violated protocol by not planning the trip directly with the White House.
It all started after House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, invited Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress next month.
Boehner says he did that because he's concerned about the nuclear threat from Iran. He says the president expects Congress to do nothing while he cuts a bad deal with Iran.
Both Republicans and Democrats are skeptical of the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran.
New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, said, "The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran."