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[IWS] CRS: ISRAEL AFTER THE 2015 ELECTIONS: WHAT DOES NETANYAHU'S VICTORY MEAN FOR U.S. POLICY? [24 March 2015]

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Israel After the 2015 Elections: What Does Netanyahu's Victory Mean for U.S. Policy? [24 March 2015]

Jim Zanotti, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs (jzanotti@crs.loc.gov, 7-1441)

March 24, 2015 (IN10251)

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/IN10251.pdf

[full-text, 3 pages, with numerous links]

 

[excerpt]

The Israeli Knesset elections held on March 17, 2015, were a subject of significant interest for the

United States. The leading candidates openly differed on how to manage disagreements with the

United States and the international community on various matters, though how that might have

translated into substantively different policy stances is unclear. The timing and manner of official Israeli

statements and actions influence regional and international attitudes and developments, and may

shape how the Obama Administration and Congress work together and with Israel on these issues.

Since the beginning of March 2015, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has

 

·         spoken assertively at a joint meeting of Congress in opposition to the presumed parameters of a

possible diplomatic agreement on Iran's nuclear program;

 

·         appeared to renounce his previously expressed willingness to accept the creation of a Palestinian

state, before claiming shortly after the election that he still supports a "two-state solution" in

principle but not under current realities;

 

·         declared that foreign sources were funding and advising Israeli left-leaning and Arab groups in an

effort to unseat him, amid evidence of substantial private American support for both Netanyahu's

right-of-center Likud party and its main rival—the left-of-center Zionist Union.

 

Likud finished with a six-seat advantage over the Zionist Union, which was particularly striking because

Likud had trailed by four seats in final pre-election polls. Many commentators attribute Likud's win at

least partly to statements by Netanyahu in the final days of the campaign to persuade right-leaning

voters to choose Likud over smaller parties in order to prevent Zionist Union from taking power. To

some extent, such statements may have been calculated to counter media reports that Netanyahu had

previously considered making concessions to the Palestinians.

 

AND MUCH MORE…

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