Having marginally trailed right up to election day against the Zionist
Union, Bibi had become increasingly desperate. Although he has
always practised the policy of procrastination and war to avoid any
kind of settlement with the Palestinians he now took to openly
declaring it as a campaign promise. Palestinians responded with a
degree of despairing honesty by declaring that at least they don't
have to keep up the pretence of engaging in a road map which no
Binyamin Netanyahu has been a catastrophe for Us-Israeli relations. Not least by cocking a snoot at the Us President he has publicly exposed the almighty power of the Jewish lobby on the whole architecture of american political life. This is not in keeping with the traditional way Israeli politicians have exerted their influence. It exposes Israel to more public scrutiny. Israel can ill afford this scrutiny which is increasingly dividing support among broader Jewish communities and the American electorate at large.
His ill judged intervention in the Iran Nuclear talks which would be a long term strategic coup for both the Americans and Israel is also a concern but ironically his personal unpopularity will probably make some agreement more likely.