RAMALLAH, November 1 (JMCC) - Officials in Tel Aviv
should not be celebrating an expected poor showing by the Democratic party Tuesday, writes Akiva Eldar. History has shown that a US president weakened by a divided Congress can cause plenty of headaches for Israel
Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office won’t be biting their fingernails tomorrow, hoping for a miracle that will save the Democratic Party from a setback in the congressional elections. In Benjamin Netanyahu’s circles, many are hoping that a weak Obama will be good for Israel. They assume that a president who has had his wings clipped in the middle of his first term will devote the second half of his term to fighting for reelection. Read
And it is no secret that snow on the roof of a house that a voter in Oklahoma lost last year interests him more than a construction freeze in Elkana. That is, assuming the settlement freeze interests him at all.
This is not the first time Netanyahu has proved that not everyone who speaks with an American accent understands America. Nor is the learning curve followed by this prime minister, who was educated in the United States, a cause for wonder. Netanyahu has learned that a Democratic president who loses a majority in both houses of Congress in the middle of his first term can be more of a “problem” for the Israeli right during the term’s second half.
the analysis at Haaretz...