Israel Political Brief January 14, 2013: Elections 2013: In Israeli elections, PM Benjamin Netanyahu and right-wing coalition seen cruising to victory

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

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In Israeli elections, Netanyahu and right-wing coalition seen cruising to encore

Source: JTA, 1-14-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and its coalition partner, Yisrael Beiteinu, are all but certain to top the polls in next week’s Israeli elections, again consigning the once-dominant Labor Party to the political opposition….READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief January 14, 2013: Elections 2013: Knesset elections A reader’s guide

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF: ISRAEL NEWS

Knesset elections: A reader’s guide

Source: JTA, 1-14-13

Some 34 parties are officially registered to compete in the Israeli elections on Jan. 22, though only about a dozen have a legitimate shot at securing one of the parliament’s 120 seats….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief January 14, 2013: Jeffrey Goldberg: President Barack Obama on PM Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘Israel Doesn’t Know What Its Own Best Interests Are’

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Obama: ‘Israel Doesn’t Know What Its Own Best Interests Are’

Source: The Atlantic, 1-14-13

In my Bloomberg View column this week, I describe Obama’s reaction to Netanyahu’s tactics:

When informed about the Israeli decision, Obama, who has a famously contentious relationship with the prime minister, didn’t even bother getting angry. He told several people that this sort of behavior on Netanyahu’s part is what he has come to expect, and he suggested that he has become inured to what he sees as self-defeating policies of his Israeli counterpart.

In the weeks after the UN vote, Obama said privately and repeatedly, “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are.” With each new settlement announcement, in Obama’s view, Netanyahu is moving his country down a path toward near-total isolation….READ MORE

Read the whole thing here.

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