<html> <head><style type ="text/css">body { font-family: "Bloomberg Prop Unicode I", Verdana, sans-serif; font-size:125%; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; color: #FF9F0F; background-color: #000000; text-align: left; } p {line-height: 1.25em; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" );} h1, h2, h3 { text-align: left; font-weight: normal; color: #FFFFFF; } h1 { font-size: 130%; } h2 { font-size: 115%; } h3 { font-size: 100%; } #bb-style { font-size: 90%; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" ); } b, strong { font-weight: bold; } i, em { color: #FEC54A; } pre { font-family: "Andale Mono", "Monaco", "Lucida Console"; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; line-height: 1.25em; } table { border: 0; font-size: 90%; width: 100%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; } td, tr { text-align: left; } td.numeric { text-align: right; } a:link { color:#53B2F5; text-decoration: none; } a:visited {color:#53B2F5} a:active {color:#53B2F5} a:hover {color:#53B2F5} </style> </head> <body> <p>By Josh Barro</p> <p>A <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/news/israeli-elections-2013/israeli-elections-opinion-analysis/throughout-election-israel-became-anti-netanyahu-country.premium-1.496261">post-mortem</a> in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz of the country's election this week, which produced a disappointing result for the ruling Likud Party, shows two amusing parallels with the U.S.'s recent presidential election.</p> <p>One, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was blindsided by his party's weak performance because he was under the impression that the public polls were skewed:</p> <p>"On Sunday Netanyahu was still convinced his party would obtain 36-37 Knesset seats. While most of the experienced pollsters like Camil Fuchs, Dr. Mina Tzemach and Rafi Smith discerned Likud-Beiteinu’s slide toward 30 seats, Netanyahu and his partner Avigdor Lieberman were intoxicated by groundless figures with at best a flimsy connection to reality."</p> <p>Where were Karl Rove and Dick Morris on election night?</p> <p>Two, Sheldon Adelson spent heavily to support Netanyahu's candidacy, and he seems to have wasted his money. Adelson has flooded Israel with copies of his free newspaper, Israel Hayom, which has a strong pro-Netanyahu editorial slant. The Economist <a href="http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21565679-israeli-newspapers-famously-feisty-and-irreverent-are-fighting-their">estimates</a> that he is sinking $20 million a year into the project. But Haaretz writes:</p> <p>"Reliable sources say Netanyahu is already regretting this escapade. He realizes that Israel Hayom -- a newspaper many read but few take seriously -- is causing him more damage than good, in view of the free media’s influence on the Israeli public."</p> <p>We will see if the Republican Party learns from Mitt Romney’s mistakes in 2012. The Likud Party, apparently, has not.</p> <p>(Josh Barro is lead writer for the Ticker. <a href="mailto:jbarro1@bloomberg.net">E-mail</a> him and <a href="https://twitter.com/jbarro">follow</a> him on Twitter.)</p> </body> </html>