Jewish Journal


Can the new Israeli coalition bring about peace?‎

by Shmuel Rosner

May 18, 2012 | 4:27 am

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz at a press conference in Jerusalem to announce the new Israeli coalition, May 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

Here are two paragraphs from an article I wrote for the NYT. You can read the full piece here:‎

Hopes for the resumption of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians rekindled last week with ‎the creation of a broad and more centrist governing coalition in Israel. The leaders of the Likud and Kadima ‎parties declared that they would work to “advance a responsible peace process.” U.S. Secretary of State ‎Hillary Clinton reportedly told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel that she welcomed the ‎commitment. “No more excuses for Netanyahu,” titled an editorial in the Financial Times. Now that he is freer ‎from the influence of ultranationalists, “the real measure of a reinvigorated Mr. Netanyahu” will be “Israel’s ‎regional and Palestinian policies.”‎

Is this hope well-founded? Probably not. Those who assume that a new centrist coalition can advance peace ‎talks have also been assuming that the talks stalled, at least partly, because of the previous, not-so-centrist ‎coalition. That may be a comforting view, but it hardly is accurate.‎


Tracker Pixel for Entry


We welcome your feedback.

Privacy Policy
Your information will not be shared or sold without your consent. Get all the details.

Terms of Service
JewishJournal.com has rules for its commenting community.Get all the details.

JewishJournal.com reserves the right to use your comment in our weekly print publication.


The Israel Factor