April 6, 2009

Netanyahu's Solid Coalition

Barry Rubin, Jerusalem Post

In the Israeli political game, there are some things too important to play with. Has Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu safeguarded the country's security and foreign relations while meeting party and coalition needs, and what is the likely result of this new government's policies internationally?

Netanyahu had to put together a complex web of parties and personalities to get a Knesset majority. The result is a cabinet with more ministers than Jerusalem has rabbis.

Yet equally impressive is that of the 30 ministers, almost half of them will deal with some element of national security or foreign policy. Is this a formula for chaos? Possibly.

Avigdor Lieberman as foreign minister seems a recipe for disaster. The main problem is not so much his views...

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TAGGED: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, Avigdor Lieberman, Jerusalem, Knesset

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