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Wednesday 17 March 2010

Signs Of Strain – 3

There is one problem facing the Government of Israeli PM Binyamin Netenyahu which I had not previously covered, and that is the need to progress a programme of domestic legislation, while keeping the electorate on side, and of course holding together a coalition between parties.

That means that Netenyahu cannot merely accede to pressure from Washington without first considering the domestic consequences. Also, when the Obama Administration says it wants no expansion of settlements, it appears to mean exactly that: under “Dubya” Bush there was inevitably wriggle room.

The pressures on Netenyahu, and a view from the heart of the Israeli Government, are discussed in an interview given by Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin that appeared on the website of Ha'aretz today. Netenyahu may not be in the most favourable position right now, but he is the great survivor of Israeli domestic politics.

A subject to revisit soon.

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