Obama Wins 2012 Election, 'The Best Is Yet To Come,' With Israel Relations?
President Barack Obama won his re-election and in his acceptance speech, he hinted to all the great things still to come in America. However, many reports are wondering what will happen with the current issues that our nation faces.
"We have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come," Obama said in his acceptance speech on Wednesday.
Despite the excitement from Obama and his supporters regarding his second term, some are already questioning how the president will take action in terms of relations with Israel, specifically Obama not seeing eye-to-eye with the country's leader.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a Mitt Romney supporter - the two used to work together and were good friends as well. News of Obama's re-election might mean continued strain on the relationship between the two leaders and the two countries.
"Now with Iran topping his conservative agenda, Netanyahu will have to contend with a strengthened second-term Democratic president after four years of frosty dealings with Barack Obama and a rift over how to curb Tehran's nuclear program," Yahoo stated.
They noted that relations between the two leaders hit an all-time low in recent months, when the Israeli prime minister said that nations failing to set "red lines" for Iran, which denies having atomic weapons, have no "moral right" to stop Iran from defending themselves and attacking Iran.
In remarks hinting to disagreements between the two leaders and their views on Israel's military action against Iran, Netanyahu said in an interview broadcast, "If there is no other way to stop Iran, Israel is ready to act."
Obama also might not be able to easily forget that the Israeli leader, who he is trying to come to work with in matters of foreign policy, supported his opponent in the election and hoped that Romney would win.
"When people fight for their political life and have the perception that their partner is trying to undermine their chances, it's not going to disappear," former Israeli ambassador to Washington, Sallai Meridor, said.
Obama won over almost all of the nine swing-states and his Electoral victory was at least 303 to Romney's 206 votes, according to The Chicago Tribune.