WASHINGTON — So did Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succeed in his mission? He
flew to Washington on Sunday with great expectations, aptly emblemized by the bigger-than usual plane he traveled on (the prime minister’s entourage usually rents a Boeing 767, but since El Al
had no such machine available it provided a 777 for the same price).
The agenda for Netanyahu’s first meeting with US President Barack Obama in more
than a year was a daunting one: Fix relations with the administration after a bitter feud over the Iran deal. Reestablish bipartisan support for Israel, which had taken a severe hit especially
when Netanyahu lobbied in Congress against the president’s landmark foreign policy project. Secure a significant increase in American military assistance to Israel. Start to heal the rift that
the Iran deal has caused within the American Jewish community and the damage it has done to the Israel-Diaspora Jewry relationship.