Peres will tell Obama that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to move ahead but is afraid to and that therefore he, the American president, must step up the pressure, dive into the heart of the conflict, invite the leaders to something more than a photo opportunity, at which he will “bang their heads together”
The accepted view across the political spectrum today is that Labor will leave the government in February or March of the new year. The Netanyahu coalition will survive for a few months with the help of the National Union, and then the Knesset will dissolve. Elections will be held at the beginning of 2012, at the latest. Peres knows that time is running out. In the weeks ahead, he will have to decide whether to shift his political activity to the center of the stage.