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Behind Closed Doors

  • By : Brian Bush
  • February 8, 2013
  • 7:07 pm

Hello All,

Now that we are at the end of the week, let's look more at the analysis on US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Israel.

A hot button subject for the media to feed on has been the implications on the formation of the new government coalition.

One reportedly unhappy person is the former Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman who is in legal difficulties for corruption, obstruction of Justice, and bribery at the moment.

Mr. Liberman does not want to see new political star Yair Lapid (the people's choice) sitting next to Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu at his upcoming meeting with President Obama and his newly appointed Secretary of State John Kerry.

The overarching concern for many 'special interest' political parties is that Obama's visit will influence local politics and likely force a diplomatic agenda on the coalition negotiations.

Mr. Netanyahu has often championed the cause of the Right in Israeli politics – particularly when it comes to settlements. And it is settlement activity that is largely blocking the peace process.

So it may be that Mr. Obama, in addition to the administration's admitted non-conflict issues of Iran and Syria, is coming to press Netanyahu's weak points behind closed doors after the Israeli people have had their say in the elections.

Thus, Mr. Netanyahu probably will not wish to welcome President Obama if he is surrounded by ministers representing 'extremist' parties.

Netanyahu will wish to show that he could pull together the broadest possible representation of the Israeli society to demonstrate his mandate from the Israeli voting public.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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