A History of Obama's Hatred of Netanyahu - Obama's long knives were out for Israel since before his Presidency. - Obama sought to make "daylight" almost immediately by picking fights with the new government of Benjamin Netanyahu, who came into office only weeks after Obama’s inauguration. - While the White House and the State Department have consistently portrayed Netanyahu as a man bent on obstructing Obama's policies, the record shows otherwise. From the start, Netanyahu has sought to accommodate the Obama administration’' wishes as much as possible without jeopardizing Israel's security. - Obama did not create Israel's status as a wedge issue for his party. He has only exploited it.