Concluding his Feb. 15 meeting with US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surely felt satisfied. Back at the official Blair House guest residence, he could have made the Winston Churchill "V for Victory" sign to his entourage; he achieved everything he came for. But the advisers who prepared the meeting are the ones who merit these self-congratulations, in addition to the meeting Trump held on Feb. 9 with Netanyahu’s patron billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Both Trump and Netanyahu hate surprises.
In Washington, Netanyahu received friendly statements and a show of a warm welcome to a major ally; all this was much different than any of the past meetings he had with President Barack Obama.