"This was a vote of confidence in your leadership. We will continue collectively fighting the challenges faced by both the U.S. and Israel, and promote peace and security in the region."
"We we have a strategic partnership (with America). We cooperate in all fields, but most of all in security, where the cooperation is deep, wide and firm."
On November 9, Haaretz headlined "Betting on the wrong horse: The night Benjamin Netanyahu will not soon forget," saying:
Obama's reelection caught him off guard. He expected Romney to win. Close political advisor Arthur Finkelstein gave him bad advice. He predicted Romney by 4% in the popular vote and victories in all swing states.
Netanyahu was swayed. "In private conversations, he ridiculed anyone who advised him not to rule out a scenario in which" Obama would win. He did so despite most polls predicting it.
"For Netanyahu, (Finkelstein's) word is sacred." He also predicts Netanyahu's reelection. Maybe he's telling his boss what he wants to hear. He may end up making another "meta-mistake."
Post-election, Netanyahu was in battle mode. He told cabinet members not to talk about Obama. Close associates rebuffed allegations that he tried to undermine the US president.
They and Netanyahu strained to explain why Romney was warmly welcomed on his summer Israeli visit. Their explanation fell flat.
For months, Netanyahu criticized Obama on Iran. He went out of his way to tell American Jews that a second Obama term for would be bad for Israel. They didn't believe it. Don't expect Obama to forget it.