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Word is that Obama said Romney’s call was “very classy.”

As soon as he hung up on the Republican challenger, Obama immediately called former president Bill Clinton to thank him for his help. That’s sparking immediate speculation of whether Obama will back a Hillary presidential campaign next time.

In Channel 2, where they’ve been deep into a debate on how Obama is now going to treat Israel, a rare non-parochial voice declares, “I don’t think we understand quite how utterly irrelevant Israel is to Obama right now.”

Labor party Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich (photo credit: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch/Flash90)
Labor party Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich (photo credit: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch/Flash90)

Labor Party leader Shelly Yachimovich congratulates Obama on his victory — doubtless a great relief for the president — and reminds viewers that he has maintained the “historic alliance… and there’s no doubt that it will continue.” She praises his policies on Iran, and then, asked if she envisages Obama seeking to influence Israel’s elections, says she “utterly rejects Israeli intervention in American election politics and American intervention in Israeli election politics.” And doesn’t think it’s going to happen.

In summary, “the deep friendship” between the two countries “will continue,” she says.

Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar adamantly rejects claims that the Obama victory spells bad news for Netanyahu. In an interview to Channel 2 news, Sa’ar says Netanyahu had “not bet on Romney as some have suggested, and the fact that the accusation is repeated over and over doesn’t make it true.”

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