President Barack Obama used his first official visit to Israel and the West Bank to build urgency for restarting peace talks and seek more patience on confronting Iran, often speaking past government leaders to harness public support.
President Barack Obama assured Israelis that his commitment to their country’s security is uncompromising even as he challenged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to take risks for peace and prosperity.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party signed coalition deals with two other factions today that will enable him to form a new government next week just before the arrival of President Barack Obama.
When he called for a national election a year before he was required by law last October, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was determined to obtain wider support for key decisions on talks with Palestinians and budget cuts. Israelis now are signaling that his options have narrowed.
An Israeli government anchored by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and newcomer Yair Lapid may force more ultra-Orthodox men to take jobs, which central bank Governor Stanley Fischer says is key to a stronger economy.