As Polish-born Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struggles to form a coalition government, his friends from across the Atlantic in Washington support his ambitions with no scruples about meddling in Israeli politics.
Israel moved towards a new election on Monday, after parliament gave preliminary approval to a dissolution motion. Such a motion would likely come after Wednesday, when Netanyahu’s deadline to announce a governing coalition expires.
Netanyahu’s efforts to form a coalition have thus far been hamstrung by divisions between his Likud party and a clutch of right-wing and orthodox Jewish parties who lent him their support in last month’s elections.
Under Trump and Netanyahu, the USA and Israel have solidified their already cosy alliance. Some Israeli media and politicians criticized the move as interference in the country’s domestic affairs.
Trump granted several high-profile wishes of his Israeli counterpart, including moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights region.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2019.