Brain Bush’s Blog

Where's Bibi?

  • By : Brian Bush
  • April 9, 2013
  • 3:46 pm

Hi Everyone!

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has been awfully quiet the last few weeks.

It has been somewhat astounding that we haven't heard from him in any significant way.

So where's Bibi?

He has been at formal gatherings, and of course has been meeting with international leaders such as US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Mr. Netanyahu may be feeling a lot of pressure from his political coalition partners who are still riding a wave off their negotiation successes – having been cornered in many ways politically.

He is under pressure too by Secretary Kerry to take a step towards the peace process – something Mr. Yair Lapid and MR. Naftali Bennett (the two new leaders) are not too enthusiastic about.

Netanyahu received a further stress from a recent letter in which 100 American Jewish leaders called on him “to work closely with Secretary of State John Kerry to devise pragmatic initiatives, consistent with Israel's security needs, which would represent Israel's readiness to make painful territorial sacrifices for the sake of peace.”

Many here liked the letter – many didn't…

One of the things Mr. Kerry is working against here in Israel is the growing concern that territorial concessions will not bring peace.

This is based of course upon concessions Israel has made in the past – namely the Gaza Strip pullout.

Mr. Netanyahu has said he will pursue a two state solution – but he is also believed not to really want to pursue peace right now, and is of the public opinion, like most Israeli's, that the peace negotiations have failed to restart because the Palestinian Authority has repeatedly rejected Israel's offers for negotiations without preconditions.

Perhaps he is laying low because President Barak Obama's presence is still being felt here in Israel right now – particularly with Mr. Kerry being here, and he doesn't wish to send mixed signals about peace, or the process to get there.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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