Will Israel Move from the Right to the Far Right?

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After next Tuesday’s parliamentary elections, Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to retain his job as Prime Minister.  But he could be leading a government very different from the one conceived by Israel’s founders.  They were secular Jews who were open to living next to a Palestinian state.  But religious nationalism is a growing force that could lead to historic change. Prime Minister Netanyahu made clear he supported Mitt Romney.  President Obama has signaled that Netanyahu doesn’t know what’s good for his country. Netanyahu’s expected to win next Tuesday’s elections but his coalition government may include people who no longer support a Palestinian state. Will Israel’s leaders once again turn their backs on international law?  What will that mean for US support—and for Israel’s relations with its Arab neighbors?




Warren Olney