Romney is now reported to be about to concede.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon says in an interview to Israel’s Channel 2 that he thinks Obama will be much more effective on the issue of Iran’s nuclear program because he already has people working on it. Ayalon said he anticipates Obama will do two things as he begins his second term: enter direct negotiations with the Islamic Republic and increase economic sanctions on the regime. “We are in favor of preventing a nuclear Iran. How we go about doing it is not as important,” he says.
CBS News’ reporting of exit polls curiously distinguishes between “Jews” who favor Obama 70-30, and “white Jews” who seem to favor Obama slightly more, 71-29.
Does that suggest non-white Jews – are these Hispanics? Black Hebrews? – favor Obama a bit less?
Obama is now 80,000 votes or so ahead in the popular vote.
Deputy Knesset Speaker Danny Danon (Likud), a very bitter Obama critic, on Wednesday sent congratulations to the president.
“It is my hope, and that of many Israelis, that the President resets his course relating to Israel and our region for the next four years,” he also said. “Rather than dictating ill-advised policies that endanger the well-being of America’s only true ally in the Middle East, now is the time for President Obama to return to the wise and time-honored policy of ‘zero daylight’ between our respective nations.
“This is especially true as it pertains to the existential threat posed to Israel and the West by the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran. Instead of wasting time and resources to impose housing zoning laws on Israel that can be described as nothing less than ‘racist,’ now is the time for our two nations to come together to combat the greatest threat to freedom in our time.
“I call on the President, who has already visited so many of our neighbors here in the Middle East, to finally visit Israel, thereby sending a strong and visible message to everyone about the deep and meaningful relationship between the US and Israel.”