Israel’s new government does not support a two-state solution. But don’t take it from us. Listen to the words of the leading figures in Israel’s government. Read more at the FMEP blog.
Posts Tagged ‘Benjamin Netanyahu’
Posted in Two-State Solution, tagged Ayelet Shaked, Benjamin Netanyahu, Danny Danon, Israel, Miri Regev, Moshe Ya'alon, Naftali Bennett, Palestine, Silvan Shalom, Two-state solution, Tzipi Hotovely, Uri Ariel, Yosrael Katz, Yuval Steinitz, Ze'ev Elkin on May 29, 2015 | 3 Comments »
Posted in Elections, Israel, Knesset, tagged Avigdor Lieberman, Ayelet Shaked, Benjamin Netanyahu, Habayit Hayehudi, Isaac Herzog, Israel, Mitchell Plitnick, Naftali Bennett, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Palestine, Reuven Rivlin, settlers, Uri Ariel, uri Elitzur on May 8, 2015 | 1 Comment »
After Benjamin Netanyahu’s surprising victory in Israel’s national elections in March, he took until the last possible minute to complete the process of forming the government for his fourth term as Israel’s prime minister. For all the time he invested, despite making it just under the wire, Netanyahu ended up with a fragile, ultra-right-wing coalition and more work ahead of him to bring in at least one more party.
The government Netanyahu presented to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was a bare majority of 61 seats out of the 120-seat Knesset. There are no fig leafs in this coalition, no Tzipi Livni or Ehud Barak for Netanyahu to send to talk fruitlessly with the Palestinians. One might think this would make the coalition more stable, since it consists entirely of the right wing. In this, one would be wrong. Read more at LobeLog.
Posted in Settlements, tagged Americans for Peace Now, Ariel Sharon, B'Tselem, Benjamin Netanyahu, Elliott Abrams, Foreign Affairs, Israel, Lara Friedman, Mitchell Plitnick, Occupied Territories, Palestine, Settlements, Two-state solution on April 30, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
The shell game is a tried-and-true method of persuading people to give their money to the person running the game. In political terms, it’s also a reliable method of persuading people to buy into the political stance of the man running the game.
Elliott Abrams is a master of the shell game. He provides what seems like a serious and sober analysis, with just enough cherry-picking of facts and omission of detail to convince you of his point of view. That is a big reason why this man, who is responsible for some of the greatest foreign policy fiascos in American history, continues to be considered a legitimate source for foreign policy analysis. Read more at LobeLog
Posted in Iran, Uncategorized, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Congressional opposition to Iran nuclear talks, IAEA, International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran, Iran Deal, Iran Nuclear Framework Agreeement, UN Security Council on April 15, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
by Mitchell Plitnick and Matt Duss
The Framework Agreement between the P5+1 and Iran announced on April 2 was an important step toward ending the long standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. Not surprisingly, it has already come under fierce attack by hawks in Washington and Iran.
On the U.S. side, opposition to the deal is rooted in a desire to see Iran’s complete capitulation, if need be at gunpoint. But negotiation requires compromise; and compromise, by definition, means no one gets exactly what they want.
Ultimately, here are the questions at hand: Can a deal based on this framework prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon? Will the U.S. and its allies be more secure because of it? The answer to both is yes. Read more at the FMEP blog.
Posted in Barack Obama, Bibi Netanyahu, tagged Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, Israel-Palestine conflict, Mitchell Plitnick, Obama administration, Occupied Territories, Palestine, Two-state solution, United Nations on April 2, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
To paraphrase Genesis, “And the eyes of the public were opened, and they knew that Benjamin Netanyahu’s opposition to the two-state solution was naked.” The question now is whether the Obama administration will allow Israel to sew some fig leaves together and return to the charade of negotiations that will not lead to a resolution. Read more at LobeLog
Posted in Elections, Israel, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Congress, European Union, ICC, International Criminal Court, Iran, Isaac Herzog, Israel, Israeli elections, Likud, Netanyahu election victory, Obama administration, Two-state solution on March 19, 2015 | Leave a Comment »
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won his fourth election last night in surprising fashion. He outdistanced the polls, including the exit polls in the waning hours of voting and won a decisive victory over the Zionist Union and Isaac Herzog. Here are some quick and initial takeaways from the results.
A huge victory for the Right
Even though the right wing/religious bloc in the Knesset didn’t grow, the right gained considerable power relative to
the last Knesset. The last government included two centrist parties, Yesh Atid, and Hatnuah. Yesh Atid actually was the biggest single party in it, with Likud having joined with Avigdor Lieberman’s party to gain a decisive lead in the 2013 elections. Hatnuah, though small, was very important to the coalition, as its head, Tzipi Livni was the fig leaf over the right wing that negotiated with the Palestinians.
This coalition is going to have a very different character. It is quite possible that Netanyahu will get the fully right-wing coalition he wants. It is very possible that the most moderate party in it will be Moshe Kahlon’s center-right Kulanu party. Kahlon is at best lukewarm on the two-state solution, although he has been critical of Netanyahu’s refusal to maintain negotiations. He probably described his view best when he said he supported Netanyahu’s 2009 Bar-Ilan speech. That’s the one Bibi just repudiated in the last days of the campaign. Read more at the FMEP blog.