Last Saturday night, while having dinner at an Italian place on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx with my family, I mentioned my cousin in Israel. A few minutes later, the middle-aged Italian-American man sharing our table leaned over. "I wasn't eavesdropping," he said, "but I heard you mention Israel." Soon he told me how much he liked Benjamin Netanyahu, and how much disdain he had for President Obama, leading to a discussion of the Israeli elections, which, at that point, were still a few days away. It felt like a long time since the only Americans who paid attention to elections in Israel were Middle East experts and Jews, but that has changed.
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