Israeli netizens closely followed the elections in the United States, many of them staying up until the early morning hours to find out who of the candidates crossed the 270 electoral vote threshold. The Israeli social media and blogosphere scene is dominated by people who lean to the Left and thus most hoped that Obama would be re-elected. Liberal Israelis are generally disappointed with Obama’s inaction regarding the peace process and human rights violations inside Israel, but Romney is seen as the worst of the two options. Netanyahu’s implicit endorsement of Romney, as well as Romney’s conservative positions on women’s rights, gay rights and social equality made him quite unpopular among Israeli netizens.
Israeli netizens reacted to Obama’s victory mostly in the context of Israeli politics – as a blow to Netanyahu, and Netanyahu and Romney’s generous financier, billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who also owns the pro-Netanyahu free daily Israel Hayom.
Read the rest of the post on Global Voices Online