Israelis say Netanyahu will clash with Obama, and that's OK

Tuesday, February 03, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

The results of a poll conducted by the US-Israel Institute at the Rabin Center reveals that most Israelis believe Binyamin Netanyahu, if elected prime minister this month, will clash with US President Barack Obama.

However, the poll also showed that most Israelis just don't really care about the possible strained relations between the two leaders.

Nearly 70 percent of respondents said that with Netanyahu as prime minister, a conflict between Jerusalem and Washington would be somewhat-to-very probable. By comparison, less than 43 percent felt the same would be true with either Tzipi Livni or Ehud Barak at the helm.

But only 32.7 percent said the relationship between the American president and the Israeli prime minister is a "major consideration" for them when going to the ballot box on February 10.

Some 65 percent said there are far more important matters to base their vote on.

That news is likely to concern Livni, who has until now built her campaign on the idea that Netanyahu and Obama are incompatible, and therefore voting "Bibi" into office would endanger Israel's ties with its most important ally.

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