Evelyn Gordon

Netanyahu's First Year: Weathering the Obama Storm

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is often accused of achieving nothing since taking office beyond his own political survival. Yet when faced with a major crisis, navigating it is itself a major accomplishment. Netanyahu has indeed faced such a crisis: a hostile American administration that has made no secret of its intention to put “daylight” between Israel and its principal ally. But by combining calibrated concessions with well-chosen battles, Netanyahu has successfully mobilized Israeli public opinion and used it to force Washington to accommodate Israeli concerns.