Out weakened by the elections in Israel, Benjamin Nétanyahou, active promoter of colonization, will undergo renewed international pressure to resume dialogue with the Palestinians but will seek to maintain a hard line on the Iranian nuclear crisis.
Shortly after the announcement of the first results giving the alliance between his party, the Likud and the ultra-nationalist Israel Beiteinou of 31 seats (out of 120), Nétanyahou presented the priorities of his next Government, placing the nuclear ambitions of Iran in mind.
The Israeli Prime Minister emphasized the threat according to the accession of the Iran to nuclear weapons, despite denials by Tehran, threatening even of “pre-emptive”.
It takes argument of this risk to minimize the urgency of a resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, completely blocked for more than two years. But in recent weeks, the Israeli press and diplomatic sources spoke next European initiative to revive negotiations.
Wednesday, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Laurent Fabius, wished that the next Israeli Government committed ‘very fast’ negotiations with the Palestinians, so that 2013 is not “a year for peace”.
The White House reiterated Tuesday its commitment to a two-State solution, while in London, the head of British diplomacy, William Hague, warned that the chances of this solution would in tapering.
Oded Eran, former Ambassador of Israel in Brussels, for it will be more difficult if the coalition includes, as it is predictable, the religious nationalists of the Jewish Home (11 seats), supporters of annexation of 60% of the West Bank.
Among its priorities, Nétanyahou also referred to “the constant search for a real peace”, an expression referring in general to him an interim agreement with the Palestinians, with a maintenance of most of the colonies long-term.
This reference to negotiations was probably less to the Palestinian leadership to the centrist Yaïr Lapid, sensation of returning officers (19 seats) and potential Foreign Minister.
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