***UPDATE: NETANYAHU RESPONDS***
It’s going to be a rocky road over the next four years for Israel:
CBS NEWS – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is rushing to repair ties with President Obama after sharp disagreements during the past four years over Iran and the Palestinians.
When the U.S. election results were announced, Netanyahu immediately summoned U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro to his office in Jerusalem.
“The security relationship between the United States and Israel is rock solid,” Netanyahu said with the ambassador at his side, “and I look forward to working with President Obama to further strengthen this relationship and … to advance our goals of peace and security.”
But analysts and politicians see a rocky road ahead.
They say Netanyahu, who has had a tense relationship with Mr. Obama and who was seen as openly supporting Mitt Romney, bet on the wrong horse; and now Mr. Obama may be less sympathetic to Israel’s interests.
“It seems like it is not such a good morning for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,” said Israeli Cabinet Minister Eli Yishai, commenting on Mr. Obama’s victory.
The lack of chemistry between Netanyahu and President Obama has been widely reported and has provided fodder for the Israel’s political opposition.
“I think that a prime minister in Israel should not do two things: He does not interfere in the elections in the U.S. and he does not gamble on one of the candidates,” said opposition leader Shaul Mofaz. “This definitely caused damage.”
Of all the issues I have with the reelection of Obama, this is one that I can let worry me. But I have to remember that God is in control and he most certainly has a plan:
EZEKIEL 38: 18-23 – But on that day, the day that Gog shall come against the land of Israel, declares the Lord God, my wrath will be roused in my anger.
For in my jealousy and in my blazing wrath I declare, On that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.
The fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep on the ground, and all the people who are on the face of the earth, shall quake at my presence. And the mountains shall be thrown down, and the cliffs shall fall, and every wall shall tumble to the ground.
I will summon a sword against Gog[d] on all my mountains, declares the Lord God. Every man’s sword will be against his brother.
With pestilence and bloodshed I will enter into judgment with him, and I will rain upon him and his hordes and the many peoples who are with him torrential rains and hailstones, fire and sulfur.
So I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.
UPDATE: Netanyahu isn’t happy with those trying to ‘instigate strife’ between Israel and America:
TIMES OF ISRAEL – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Thursday that “there are those among us who are trying to instigate strife between Israel and the US,” and said they would “not get away with it.”
The prime minister was alluding quite clearly to a comment made the previous day by his predecessor Ehud Olmert, who said Netanyahu’s apparent preference for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in the US presidential campaign was damaging to the relationship between the two allies.
Netanyahu said, at a cornerstone-laying event for a hospital in Ashdod, that he would continue to work closely with the reelected US president in order to maintain Israel’s security interests.
“The alliance between the countries is strong and cooperation exists in all fields, especially when it comes to security, there cooperation is deep, broad and fundamental,” Netanyahu stressed.
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