You may have seen that Israeli officials announced this evening that US House Speaker John Boehner will leave at the end of March for a
10 day victory tour through Israel. The trip, purportedly, was planned during Netanyahu's visit to Washington earlier this month, which is to say, before Netanyahu's election victory. But it seems clear that had Netanyahu gone down in defeat, the trip might have been reconsidered. In any case, the announcement is being treated in DC and media circles as another headache, defeat, setback - what have you - for President Obama. This probably makes sense if you operate in DC's win-the-day mode. But by any real measure of the fundamental security relationship between the two states, that idea is nonsense.