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Obama and Netanyahu: a bad marriage that must be saved

THERE IS little doubt that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is among those bemoaning Barack Obama’s reelection. The two have had a testy relationship since Obama pressed Israel to halt settlement construction in the West Bank early in his presidency. Netanyahu’s administration responded with a diplomatic slap in the face: They announced new construction the same day Vice President Biden arrived in Israel.

In the run-up to the US presidential election, Netanyahu made few efforts to hide his preference for Republican challenger Mitt Romney, who echoed his own hawkish rhetoric on Iran. (Netanyahu and Romney also have the Boston Consulting Group, financier Sheldon Adelson, and Republican pollster Arthur Finkelstein in common.) That left Obama with more reasons to distrust Netanyahu.

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