Washington Post calls on Obama to ‘reset’ relations with Netanyahu

President Obama should “reset” his relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Washington Post wrote in an editorial.

“The wise U.S. policy would be to concede, and maybe even welcome, Mr. Netanyahu’s reelection while quietly urging him to construct a centrist government,” urged the editorial published on Jan. 22, Election Day in Israel.

The editorial presumes that Netanyahu will be elected to a third term as Israel's prime minister, saying, “No scenario contemplated by political analysts foresees anyone other than Mr. Netanyahu emerging as prime minister from the bargaining that will follow Tuesday’s election.”

The editorial points out that Netanyahu has not been afraid to play up his “his notoriously bad relations” with Obama, something that would have been political suicide in previous election years. It also points out that a recent poll showed that half of Israelis believe the country's leaders should pursue his policies “even if they lead to conflict with the United States.”

The editorial conceded Obama's “poor handling of Israel, which he has not visited and where he is widely regarded as supportive of the nation’s defense but unsympathetic to its psyche.”

Palin to Obama: Hit reset button with Israel

Sarah Palin called on the Obama administration to hit the reset button with Israel.

In a statement critical of the Obama administration’s outreach to countries with which the United States has strained relations, the former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor wrote, “In the midst of all this embracing of enemies, where does the Obama Administration choose to escalate a minor incident into a major diplomatic confrontation? With Iran, Cuba, Sudan, North Korea or Burma? No. With our treasured ally, Israel.”

Palin criticized Obama for making unilateral demands of Israel while not requiring Arab leaders to make equally demanding concessions for the sake of peace.

“Vice President Biden was actually right when he said last week, before the construction announcement, that ‘one necessary precondition for progress is that the rest of the world knows … there is absolutely no space between the United States and Israel when it comes to security,’ ” she said. “Right now, thanks to the Obama Administration, there is a chasm. It’s time for President Obama to push the reset button on our relations with our ally Israel.”

Palin is one of many Republican leaders critical of the Obama administration’s tough talk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following last week’s gaffe in which new construction in eastern Jerusalem was announced during Biden’s visit.