Let me do my best Daniel Bryan impersonation.
While the exit polls indicated the Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and the Zionist Camp led by Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog was virtually tied, by evening’s end Likud had won 30 seats compared with 24 for the Zionist Camp. Herzog would concede defeat and Bibi has won his fourth term as Prime Minister. Only David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister has won more elections.
Bibi gambled and won.
This makes President Obama the angriest and unhappiest man in the world. As I argued earlier in the week, Israelis were choosing between Bibi and Barack, not Bibi and Bugie.
Given the Obama Administration’s disdain for Netanyahu and their efforts to oust him from office his convincing re-election is a sharp rebuke to Obama and represents his biggest foreign policy defeat to date.
President Obama once complained to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy that he had to deal with Bibi everyday. Well, Obama will have to deal with Netanyahu for his final 22 months in office. Even better when Obama leaves office, Bibi will still be in power.
UPDATE: More drama from Obama. Via Daniel Halper at The Weekly Standard, The White House cannot bring itself to congratulate Bibi.
Could it be because their efforts to oust Netanyahu from power failed?
Oh well. Let Obama be his petty self. Bibi doesn’t need Obama’s congratulations anyhow.
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