Israel’s Titanic moment: Does Obama want Bibi’s head? – Haaretz – Israel News

what the president would like to see laid low is not the Netanyahu government’s head, but rather the part that often verbally functions as its butt end – specifically Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party and Interior Minister Eli Yishai’s Shas.

In the current Israeli political constellation, these two men, and these two parties – a volatile alliance of ultra-secular Russian-born immigrants and ultra-Orthodox sabras with roots in the Muslim world and the Mediterranean – are the effective veto both to the peace process as a whole and to a settlement freeze of any substance.

They represent a total of 26 of the 61 Knesset seats needed for a Netanyahu majority. More crucially, they are the primary roadblock to the entry of the centrist Kadima party, which at 28 seats is larger even than Netanyahu’s ruling Likud.

via Israel’s Titanic moment: Does Obama want Bibi’s head? – Haaretz – Israel News.

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