Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regards himself as a master thinker who can challenge the world and emerge triumphant. He openly supported the candidacy of Mitt Romney for president including blatantly insulting Barack Obama. He lost that bet. Recent interviews reveal that President Obama has not forgotten the Bibi insult and is now prepared for retaliation. Obama has concluded that Netanyahu seeks to isolate Israel and is banking on being rescued by the United States. Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are not impressed with Bibi and will focus on what is important for American foreign policy, not what goes well with West Bank settlers in Israel.
The people of Israel will vote in the coming days. If Israelis seek peace they will vote for Labor and place pressure on Bibi to back away from his insane ideas to refuse meaningful peace negotiations with President Abbas.