With supporters citing his strong opposition to the Iranian nuclear deal, his position as an outsider in the U.S. political system, and his unparalleled disdain for President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprised pollsters with a fourth-place finish in Monday’s Iowa Republican caucuses.
Though he has not declared his candidacy and is not even an American citizen, Netanyahu received the support of just under 15 percent of caucus-goers, finishing behind Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump.
“I was planning on voting for Donald, but then I thought to myself, ‘Heck, Israel’s done a pretty good job keeping the Mexicans out, Israelis have a lot of guns, and nothing would piss off Obama more than Netanyahu signing the bill that repealed Obamacare,’” said one Iowa Republican. “I mean, him and Donald even have the same haircut.”
Netanyahu, who had not traveled to Iowa to campaign, said he was surprised but honored by the strong showing of support. He added that he will now travel to New Hampshire to deliver his 142nd speech opposing the Iran deal.