November 27, 2012

Israel's Iran and Settlements Switcheroo

Ben Birnbaum, The New Republic

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It’s not that Barak’s exit will have a big impact impact on Israel’s January 22 elections: Polls showed his Independence Party in danger of missing the two-percent threshold needed to win Knesset seats. But his departure from the defense ministry will have far-reaching implications for Israeli policy. That’s because the man most likely to replace Barak, Strategic Affairs Minister and Vice Prime Minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya'alon, disagrees with him on two of Israel’s most contentious issues: Iran’s nuclear program and West Bank settlements.

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TAGGED: Ehud Barak, Moshe Ya'alon, Middle East, Palestine, West Bank, Settlements, Iran, Israel

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