Netanyahu Proud About Golan Heights as Part of Israel

Saul Bowman
June 3, 2019

On Thursday morning, Liberman suggested that it was Netanyahu who toed a leftist line."The man from Caesarea is calling the man from Nokdim a leftist", Liberman said.

However, he was looking over his shoulder at the Likud benches during the vote in what some commentators interpreted as concern about any last-minute revolt.

Facing three corruption allegations, Netanyahu's traditional mastery of coalition-building fell flat after April elections. "Unfortunately, Israel is going to repeat elections because of the refusal of the Likud and the ultra-Orthodox parties to accept our proposal", Liberman said.

Back in April, Netanyahu announced he planned to name "a new community on the Golan Heights" after Trump in gratitude for his recognition of Israel's claim of "sovereignty" over the strategic plateau.

Mr Trump has also handed Mr Netanyahu other diplomatic coups, notably United States recognition of Israel's 1981 annexation of the strategic Golan Heights captured from Syria in the 1967 war. He could also face an even more hard time forming a new government, assuming he is tapped again to be prime minister, depending on whom the voters blame for the new elections and how they cast their ballots in response.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday decried the U.S. "deal of the century" as a conspiracy that seeks to quash any possibility of a sovereign Palestinian state. A former defense minister and foreign minister under Netanyahu, he appeared to break with him for good by alleging that Likud Party members were blind Netanyahu followers who needed professional help.

Those parties want young religious scholars exempted en masse from mandatory national service.

Faced with the prospect of having to step aside at the end of a 42-day post-election period allowed for putting together a government, Netanyahu instead mustered support to dissolve the Knesset. However, his demand put Netanyahu in a bind, as he also needed the support of ultra-orthodox parties, which have 16 seats in the Knesset and would be opposed to Lieberman's demand.

"Lieberman is power-drunk, driven by whims and personal ambition", Netanyahu said in a televised statement. Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beitenu party, asked at a news conference, naming the beachside suburb in where Netanyahu has a home and the settlement where he lives. "From the beginning he had no intention to do what he said", Netanyahu said after the vote, accusing Lieberman of aligning with "the left". And now that they know that the new election will lighten the country's coffers by almost $140 million, they are even more unhappy. What results this new poll throws up is not yet known.

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