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Knesset to fight High Court after asylum ruling

Prominent Knesset members propose curbing the powers of Israel's High Court following Monday's ruling that upended official policy concerning asylum seekers by ruling legislation illegal.

MK Regev: Police have failed on Temple Mount

Knesset committee: Initiate legislation to help prove criminal, causal connection between shouts of...

BDS victory! UEFA says no to Jerusalem tournament bid

UEFA rejected an Israeli bid to host the 2020 European Championships following a campaign by Palesti...

ICC blocked for Gaza residents

Israel, the United States and the PA have blocked Gaza residents from turning to the ICC for justice...

Israel tortures Gazans, targets Palestinian rights defenders

As part of its systematic detention policy against Palestinians since June, Israel is also torturing...
Please join us at the AICafe on Tuesday 23 September from 7.30 p.m. for al Qaws: Sexual & gender diversity in Palestinian society with Haneen Maikey.
Urgent, act now! Tell UEFA to exclude Israel from the bidding to host matches for the UEFA European Football Championship 2020. Hosting decisions will be...


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Knesset committee: Initiate legislation to help prove criminal, causal connection between shouts of Allah Akhbar and Palestinian violence in al Aqsa m...


MK Regev: Police have failed on Temple Mount


PHOTOS: Protest halts Israeli archaeological dig in Hebron...

Activists succeeded in temporarily halting Israel's archeological dig in Hebron's Tel Rumeida. As in other occupied Palestinian territory, such as Eas...


PHOTOS: Protest halts Israeli archaeological dig in Hebron


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Will Netanyahu pay for bad bet?

Created on 11 November 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bet on Mitt Romney, and lost. There are two reasons why Benjamin Netanyahu bet on the victory of Mitt Romney: first, because he fully identifies with the reactionary program of the Republican candidate and, second, in line with his neo-conservative friends, he considered the first election of Barack Obama as a regretful accident in American history and could not imagine that such an accident would happen twice.



Will Netanyahu have to pay for his bad bet? 


On the basis on these two assumptions, he bet all his assets – in reality our assets! –  on Mitt Romney, and did not even hesitate to enter the US elections’ arena and to openly support the Republican candidate. Such behavior was unprecedented in the history of the Israeli-US relationship.


Netanyahu, however, bet on the wrong horse, and Barack Obama will be his partner for the next four years.


When one bets on the wrong horse, he must usually pay for his mistake. The question is: will Israel have to pay for the wrong choice of its prime minister? The president has many good reasons to take revenge and to make the Israeli leaders sweat. Not only did Netanyahu ignore the requests of Obama to try and adapt Israeli policies to US interests, but he did not hesitate to humiliate him in public, as in his speech in the US Senate in which he described the Obama administration policy in the Middle East as based on a lack of understanding of the reality in the region. It is also doubtful that Obama has forgotten the Israeli government announcement of new settlement construction while his special envoy, former Senator George Mitchell, was still on his way to the airport.


Already in his famous Cairo speech, Obama worried the Israeli ruling elite… until they counter attacked and obliged him to withdraw his diplomatic initiative.


I guess that the results of the US presidential elections made Netanyahu and his staff sweat again, but should they be worried? The answer is, of course, in Obama's mind: does he consider the Middle East as central to US international policy? Is he ready to take into consideration the effects of the Arab Spring and the fall of Washington's main allies on US influence in the Arab region? And, on a more personal level, will Obama try to take revenge for past Israeli humiliations?


The next few months will provide us with answers, but past experiences have been extremely disappointing. In the meantime Netanyahu is sweating for the second time, and this is a good reason to be happy for few days.