A source in the White House National Security Council told Al-Monitor, "The administration is carefully watching the Israeli elections but is committed not to be seen as interfering in them."
The Barack Obama administration's view of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is well known. The mutual suspicion between the Oval Office in Washington and the premier's residence on Balfour Street in Jerusalem is probably without precedent. Washington would prefer to see a more moderate government in Jerusalem after March 17, but it will keep its preference to itself. Aaron David Miller, vice president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center, told Al-Monitor that the mood is one of "ABBB — anybody but Bibi [Netanyahu]."