Obama/Netanyahu Post-Election Reset
US/Israeli relations remain unchanged.
By Stephen Lendman
Neither leader says they're sorry. Netanyahu bet on the wrong candidate. Relations with Obama have been strained for months. Both clearly dislike each other and show it.
Political necessity requires getting along. They'll find a way. Israeli elections are in January. Netanyahu's stuck with Obama for four years. His own political prospects are on the line.
On November 8, both leaders spoke by phone. Netanyahu offered congratulations.
"This was a vote of confidence in your leadership," he said. "We will continue collectively fighting the challenges faced by both the US and Israel, and promote peace and security in the region."
Earlier on Thursday, he rejected accusations of strained US/Israeli relations. He denied pro-Romney bias. Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert accused him of hurting US/Israeli ties by trying to undermine Obama's reelection chances and offending him.
In damage control mode, Netanyahu told Obama: