The Israeli right may think they can roll Obama and display contempt for his foreign policies -- perhaps because they see how the domestic right in the U.S. seem to be 'standing up" to Obama on his health bill. This would be a serious mistake for Israeli conservatives to make. Obama is still the dominant figure of his time, will win the health bill and other significant pieces of legislation in his first term, and the US economy is already recovering. Obama will win handily win a second term in three years and is likely to remain the dominant political figure in the U.S. for decades after. Can Israel seriously take the chance of pitting itself against such a serious and deeply popular political figure, hoping against hope that his right-wing enemies will succeed in toppling him, thus returning to the let-Israel-do-whatever-Israel wants to policy of Bush II? Somebody better wak Netanyahu up. Does Israel want the U.S. to become like the UK and France in its attitudes to the Jewish State?
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from the article: Netanyahu thought he could take Obama, and lost