Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly wasn't thrilled with the outcome of yesterday's election — he spent the last few months acting as if Mitt Romney was going to win.
So it was a little awkward when he met this morning with Dan Shapiro, the US ambassador to Israel, and congratulated Obama on his reelection. His message has all the sincerity of a hostage video:
I'll write more in the morning about what Obama's reelection might mean for the Middle East. In terms of Israel, though, nothing will change until after the Knesset elections on January 22.
Netanyahu's domestic opponents are trying to turn his support for Romney into a political issue. Ehud Olmert today accused him of "violating the basic bilateral rules" of the US-Israel relationship by publicly backing the Republican candidate.
But Obama is not terribly popular in Israel — so I'm not sure frayed relations with the president will be a major political liability for Netanyahu.