By Oren Fliegelman
February 18, 2013
With much hurrah from the American and Israeli press, the White House announced earlier this month that President Obama will be traveling to Israel in March for the first time in his presidency. Administration officials are touting the trip as a resetting of the often tenuous relationship that has existed between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. With Obama recently inaugurated for his second term and Netanyahu in the process of putting together a new coalition after his country’s parliamentary elections, it seems like the perfect opportunity for Obama to reach out to his Israeli counterpart. Although Netanyahu’s party emerged weakened from the January 22nd elections, it still won enough seats to ensure another term for Netanyahu, meaning that the two leaders will need to deal with each other for years to come.