A worrying report suggests that US President Donald Trump has quickly adopted the position of his predecessor, Barack Obama, in singling out Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the primary obstacle to peace in the Middle East.
Now, this initially struck Israelis as odd, given the extraordinarily warm relationship between Trump and Netanyahu, which has been on public display at least three times since the controversial real estate mogul took the White House.
Still, even allies have a way of eventually turning their backs on the Jewish state, so trepidation began to creep in.
Of course, the report came from Israel's most left-leaning news outlet, Ha'aretz, a publication that harbors no love for either Netanyahu or Trump, and was based on little more than hearsay from an anonymous source who wasn't even at the meeting where Trump allegedly made the troubling remarks.
Actually, the Ha'aretz report didn't even claim that Trump said Netanyahu was a problem when he spoke semi-privately with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, only that the "context" of his remarks suggested as much.
So, yeah, little more than left-wing conjecture.
And the Trump White House was quick to say the same, slamming Ha'aretz for wholly misrepresenting the president's words.
What this episode reveals far more than any possible new antagonism from the Trump White House is that the mainstream media is just as susceptible to "fake news" as any personal blog or conspiracy website.