I realy can't see Obama doing anything more than treating Netanyahu as just .noise'. Netanyahu may be all that Levy describes, but I think its a mistake to see the rfit between USA and Israel as one which can be overcome or even managed if Netanyahu is no longer PM. It really doesn't matter who forms govt in Israel - the settlements, the refusal to accept the creation of a viable Palestinian state, that is, the basics don't ever change just because there is a change in government. Nor do I think it sensible to credit Netanyahu with too much regarding Obama and Iran. To the extent that a nuclear Iran would usher in an arms race in the ME, it is hardly in the interests of the US for Iran to gain nuclear capability and this has very little to do with Israel. I can't see Obama deciding on a military strike against Iran (or the American public tolerating the risk of yet another ME war) if it does appear that Iran decides to gain nuclear weapons - and lets not forget that this has not yet been established. But agree that the main game for the USA is managing the rise of China. The I/P conflict is just a tedious sideshow in comparision. It is Israel that is an inreasing strategic liability for the USA, and while there must be other Israeli leaders who would be easier to work with, there is precious little evidence that Israel is capable of changing its ways or of adapting to the Arab Spring regardless of who is leader. Really makes no difference whether Netanyahu is PM or not. I doubt that Obama would make the effect to influence the Israeli elections simply because (if you ignore the rhetoric) there really isn't a scrap of difference between the various politican figures in Israel. The PM may as well be Netanahu as anyone else. It really doesn;t matter.
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from the article: Obama II and Israel: The faultlines are starting to show