Crunch time for Bibi

With the ‘Young Turks’ from the Likud snapping at his heels, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces critical political and diplomatic challenges

By LESLIE SUSSER
June 26, 2013 12:28
Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon521. (photo credit: flash 90)

Ever since his new government was sworn in in mid-March, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been doing his utmost to prove that this time round he is serious about peacemaking with the Palestinians.

In background briefings he claims to be well aware of the dangers to Israel of a slide into a one-state reality with a Palestinian majority; in talks with Hatnua leader Tzipi Livni he said enough on the merits of the two-state solution to lure her into his cabinet as chief peace negotiator; Livni and Netanyahu’s close confidants National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror and Attorney Yitzhak Molcho have been plying the Tel Aviv-Washington line assiduously, working behind the scenes on a formula to restart peace talks; and, most importantly, Netanyahu has repeatedly assured US Secretary of State John Kerry that if the Palestinians would just come to the table they would soon see he means business.

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