[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/19/art.ehudbarak1110g.gi.jpg caption ="Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed concern Monday over deteriorating relations with the United States."]Jerusalem (CNN) - Israel's defense minister expressed concern Monday about deteriorating relations with the United States and warned that "the growing alienation" with President Obama's administration "is not a good thing for the state of Israel."
Speaking to Israel radio on the commemoration of Memorial Day, Ehud Barak said it was important "to act to change our relations with the United States." Barak is the center-left Labor Party leader who serves in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's largely right-wing government.
"We are tied with the U.S. in bonds of many years of friendship, of a strategic partnership. From them we get 3 billion dollars every year, from them we get the best planes. They stood by us when [we] needed to fight. ..."
He said that Israel has American weapons worth billions of dollars that Israel would use "if, God forbid, a war is forced upon us."