Obama Could Gain Sway Over a Weaker Netanyahu

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If you'd read reports in the past week from pundits and journalists here, you might've concluded that the election for the prime minister post in Israel was over before it began - Benjamin Netanyahu was unlikely to lose his day job. But with the Likud party now caught between popular far right-wing parties like the Jewish Home Party and more centrist parties such as Yesh Atid, President Obama may have more leeway in his dealings with a less powerful Netanyahu. Peter Beinart wrote about Benjamin Netanyahu's now delicate position and what a more politically diverse Knesset could mean for Israel in The Daily Beast. He had this to say about a coalition between Netanyahu and parties that fall further to the right on the political spectrum:

...the Israeli leader faces two unappetizing options. The first is a small coalition dominated by right-wing and religious parties. If he goes this route, his government will be dominated by people who want to murder the two state solution and hold a party to stomp on its grave. ...Such a government would be so unpopular across the world, and even in much of the American Jewish community, that Obama would find it easier to publicly express his displeasure. And such a small coalition, facing so much global disdain, would find it hard to survive for long.  

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