Surprise: Obama may intervene in Israeli elections
If Danny Ayalon actually believes the nonsense in the previous post
, he hasn't been talking to his own government
Senior Israeli political
officials are bracing for the results of the US presidential elections
as many estimate that the elected president will affect the 2013 Knesset elections.
In light of Benjamin Netanyahu's
support for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, the prime
minister's associates fear that US President Barack Obama may take
revenge against him if re-elected and support his political rivals.
Obama's aides accuse Netanyahu of blatantly intervening in the US election campaign. In the third and final debate
between Obama and Romney, the president teased the Republican candidate for visiting Israel in order to raise funds.
Romney, on his part, has promised to make Israel
his first destination as president if elected.
State officials in
Jerusalem estimate that Obama's anger at Netanyahu is so intense that
the president, if re-elected, will try to indirectly – and perhaps even
directly – sabotage the prime minister's election campaign.
The prime minister's aides fear that Obama will publicly
criticize Netanyahu's policy and embarrass him during the election
campaign. In addition, the US president may stop automatically backing
Israel in international forums over its policy in the territories.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said in a closed forum
that she believes that the Israeli elections will create an opportunity
to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Clinton also said that the Obama administration would become
more involved in the Middle East conflict if re-elected for a second
What could go wrong?
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Campaign 2012, Danny Ayalon