Netanyahu Gets an Assist from Obama

By Abraham H. Miller, Originally published in the New York Observer

There is sparse expectation that President Barack Obama will warmly congratulate Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his stunning electoral victory, but perhaps Mr. Netanyahu should be on the phone calling Obama and thanking him for making it possible.

Mr. Netanyahu finds himself in a situation ironically reminiscent of Alexis de Tocqueville’s characterization of the making of the French Revolution. Tocqueville wrote that he was not so impressed by those who sought to make the revolution, but those “who least willing it caused it to occur.”

With 350,000 dollars in American taxpayer money, Obama’s political operative Jeremy Bird was in Israel to make sure that anyone but Mr. Netanyahu won and, of course, helped produce the opposite effect.

With an approval rating in the low 30’s, Mr. Obama’s endorsement of the Israeli left was not a well thought-out move.

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