News / Middle East

Analysts: Israeli Election Could Impact Obama-Netanyahu Relationship

Israeli Election Could Impact Obama-Netanyahu Relationshipi
X
January 25, 2013 1:12 AM
Middle East analysts say the results of this week’s Israeli elections could set the stage for an improved relationship with Washington and impact the future of peace talks with the Palestinians and efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear program. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports from Washington.
Meredith Buel
Middle East analysts say the results of this week’s Israeli elections could set the stage for an improved relationship with Washington and impact the future of peace talks with the Palestinians and efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear program.  
 
Yair Lapid is the new star of Israeli politics. The 49-year-old former television host burst onto the political scene with his centrist party capturing second place in parliamentary elections and positioning himself as a power broker in the formation of the next government.
 
Analysts say the vote was a rebuke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His conservative ticket lost seats in the new parliament despite placing first.
 
The Israeli vote came as U.S. President Barack Obama was inaugurated for a second term.
 
Analysts say his leadership style is bolder since reelection.
 
Robert Satloff is Executive Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "It is absolutely true that Netanyahu’s success was not as great as Obama’s success, but it is a different political environment," he said. 
 
President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu have had a rocky relationship.  
 
But that could improve if Mr. Netanyahu forms a government open to talks with the Palestinians.
 
Jerusalem-based analyst David Ricci said, “It won’t be a moderate government but it will be compelled, I think, by international pressure to re-open negotiations.  I think the president of the United States is very interested in that.”
 
After Obama's inauguration, White House spokesman Jay Carney repeated the president’s policy. “What needs to take place are direct negotiations between the two parties that address the final-status issues and that result in a two-state solution," he said. 
 
But some Palestinians in the West Bank are skeptical that a new Israeli government will be a positive development.
 
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said, “While the Palestinian leadership has reaffirmed its immediate readiness to engage in negotiations on the basis of clear parameters, Israel, however, has instead persisted in its path of occupation, conflict and fear mongering.”
 
If there is a centrist government, Mr. Netanyahu may be under less pressure for a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. 
 
The Obama administration is hoping a combination of sanctions and diplomacy will avert an armed confrontation.
 
“The Israelis are willing to let the United States play this out, play Obama’s strategy out, to the very end and see whether the Obama strategy succeeds in convincing Iran to negotiate an end to its military nuclear program," said Robert Satloff
 
It's likely to take weeks to form a new coalition government, and Yair Lapid is expected to be right in the middle of the negotiations. 
 

You May Like

At Khmer Rouge Court, Long-Awaited Verdict Approaches

First phase of trial, which is coming to an end, has focused on forced exodus of Phnom Penh in 1975 - and now many are hopeful justice will be served More

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities More

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

Downing of Malaysian airliner, allegations of cross-border shelling move information war in war-torn country to a new level More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
January 25, 2013 7:56 PM
Jews, Greeks, Basque, Kurds, Persians (Iranian), Hindu, Chinese, Japanese, aboriginal peoples, etc are all ancestral people; they can trace their cultures to specific areas for well over 3000+ years, some go back 6000+ years; such people must have the right to live on/over/under their ancestral lands. Such people need to be protected and allowed to live in peace on their ancestral lands. Some of these peolple have been diplaced by empires, but that does not lessen their will/right to return to their native lands. Israel is the only country in the world that is the craddle of the Jewish culture; it finds itself under continuos threat. About 1/3 of the Jewish population of Israel are direct refugees or decendant of refugees from Muslim countries from which they were expelled/persecuted. About 1/3 are descendants or refugees from the European Holocaust, the remainder are descendants from regional Jews. The expulsion of the Jews, from their ancestral lands started, with the Roman empire. During the Christian Crusades, Jews were amongst those persecuted by the crusaders in Jerusalem and nearby areas. The Ottoman empire also shows large numbers of Jews still living in the present day Israel. Israel is a multiethnic/religeous state. Many uneducated people, quite often due to bias, are not aware that 1/3+ of Israel's population is Muslim, ~1.5 milion Muslims live in Israel with full rights accorded to as Israeli citizens; in addition ~200,000+ other religeous minorities live as Israeli citizens, such as Catholics, Copts, Orthodox Christians, Armenian Christians, Bahai, etc. A testament of Isreal's committment to multi-ethnicity not equalled or reciprocated anywere in the ME. Israel is the only recognized democracy in all the ME.
Islamists, nazis, fascist and even some communists will always try to some how blame the victim for the crimes committed by them against the victim. Unfortunately, these people are biased, uneducated or outright racists; some are even more unfortunate; their senseless hatred is self demonstrable by their biased rethoric.


by: JohnWV from: USA
January 25, 2013 7:10 AM
Since Imperial Rome, it has happened again and again. Jews enraged their neighbors and repeatedly suffered disastrous pogroms. Excesses of Weimar Germany's monied Jewish minority led to the most recent which Israel promotes, actually advertises, as justification for its apartheid malevolence. “Never again” is lost on Netanyahu's Israel. Blind to history, its paranoid pursuit of invulnerability, territorial conquest and supremacist empire in, and beyond, the Mideast ensures “again” on a far grander scale. Abandoning and aggressively isolating the Jewish state could force it abandon its grandiose aspirations and thereby avert its destruction. There is no greater or kinder support that America could render to both the Mideast and its “inseparable Mideast ally.”


by: Lightharry from: Frankfurt
January 25, 2013 5:25 AM
It does not appear that the United States has much control over the decisions in the ME. It appears that all decisions are made in Israel. American politicians fall in line when Netanyahu calls. Is there anyone out there working for the interest of the United States.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukrainei
X
Al Pessin
July 31, 2014 8:13 PM
The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict in Gaza, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities. Probably the most important destination is the local bakery. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Gaza City.
Video

Video US-Funded Program Offers Honduran Children Alternative to Illegal Immigration

President Obama and Central American leaders recently agreed to come up with a plan to address poverty and crime in the region that is fueling the surge of young migrants trying to illegally enter the United States. VOA’s Brian Padden looks at one such program in Honduras - funded in part by the United States - which gives street kids not only food and safety but a chance for a better life without, crossing the border.
Video

Video 'Fab Lab' Igniting Revolution in Kenya

The University of Nairobi’s Science and Technology Park is banking on 3-D prototyping to spark a manufacturing revolution in the country. Lenny Ruvaga has more for from Nairobi's so-called “FabLab” for VOA.
Video

Video Gazans in Shelled School Sought Shelter

Israel's air and ground assault against Hamas-led fighters in Gaza has forced many Palestinians to flee their homes, seeking safety. But safe places are hard to find, as VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jabaliya.
Video

Video Rapid Spread of Ebola in West Africa Prompts Global Alert

Across West Africa, health officials are struggling to keep up with what the World Health Organization describes as the worst ebola outbreak on record. The virus has killed hundreds of people this year. U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders are watching the developments closely as they weigh what actions, if any, are needed to help contain the disease.
Video

Video Michelle Obama: Young Africans Need to Embrace Women's Rights

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama urged some of Africa's best and brightest to advocate for women's rights in their home countries. As VOA's Pam Dockins explains, Obama spoke to some 500 participants of the Young African Leaders Initiative, a six-week U.S.-based training and development program.
Video

Video Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Heats Up Political Debate

Immigrants from Central America continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas, seeking asylum in the United States, as officials grapple with ways to deal with the problem and provide shelter for thousands of minors among the illegal border crossers. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, the issue is complicated by internal U.S. politics and U.S. relations with the troubled nations that immigrants are fleeing.
Video

Video Study: Latino Students Most Segregated in California

Even though legal school segregation ended in the United States 60 years ago, one study finds segregation still occurs in the U.S. based on income and race. The University of California Los Angeles Civil Rights Project finds that students in California are more segregated by race than ever before, especially Latinos. Elizabeth Lee reports for VOA from Los Angeles.

AppleAndroid