“From the point of view of Israeli public opinion, so far Netanyahu has maneuvered quite successfully,” said Tel Aviv University professor Ephraim Yaar. His surveys have showed support for Netanyahu in his clash with Obama and distrust of the U.S. president. In his July poll of 512 Israelis, 60 percent said they did not trust Obama “to safeguard Israel’s interests,” and 46 percent said he favors the Palestinians, compared with 7 percent who think he favors Israel.
Israelis generally expect their leaders to maintain good relations with the United States and have punished prime ministers who do not do so — including Netanyahu during his first term, in the late 1990s, when he clashed with President Bill Clinton. The two sides are still expected to reach some kind of compromise on the issue, though short of the initial demands made by the White House.