With the settlement freeze over, Netanyahu’s magic powers are gone – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Some members of his own Likud Party might part ways with Netanyahu, should the freeze be started up anew. Yet it is doubtful that a building freeze until Hanukkah, in early December, would be enough to break up the government coalition or rattle a political party.

This is a political price that Likud leaders pay for making peace with an Arab state (as in the example of the establishment of the Tehiya Party, in protest against the peace accord with Egypt ), or for withdrawing from the settlements (witness the birth of the Kadima Party ).

Tzipi Livni announced some time ago to Netanyahu that should she be convinced that he is willing to follow Menachem Begin’s example of making peace with Egypt, and Ariel Sharon’s decision to pull out of Gaza, Kadima will join the government, even without a power-sharing rotation agreement.

via With the settlement freeze over, Netanyahu’s magic powers are gone – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

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