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US Secy of State John Kerry at Ramallah in front of replica of Dome of the Rock.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was cautious Tuesday and offered no direct comment on Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision to take the government to new elections by firing Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

In Brussels, he ducked questions from international journalists who asked how he thought the decision might affect relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

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“We hope that whatever government is formed, or whether there are elections, that those elections will produce the possibility of a government that can negotiate and move towards resolving the differences between Israelis and Palestinians, and obviously, the differences in the region,” Kerry said.

The first political poll of the “new season” shows that the next Israeli government is likely to be “more right wing and extreme,” observed PA Foreign Minister Riad Maliki. Speaking from the PA capital of Ramallah in the Samaria region, Maliki estimated that such a government might draw more international support for the Palestinian Authority’s effort to secure recognition as an independent sovereign country.

 The current Israeli coalition broke down over Netanyahu’s decision to submit a bill to define Israel at the legislative level as the “Jewish State.” Although Israel is already defined as such in its declaration of independence, Netanyahu is insisting the definition must be reiterated at the constitutional level in order to send a message to the rest of the world, and in particular to Israel’s enemies.

In the version of the measure authored by Netanyahu (there have been several different versions of the bill, authored by others) Israel’s democratic character is preserved and the rights of all other citizens are maintained, contrary to reports circulated in some international media.

 Hebrew is listed as the national language, with Arabic as an honorary but not mandatory second.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

19 COMMENTS

  1. Kerry sold his own country out to North Vietnam over 40 years ago.He did it to help his career along.Then he married a rich widow to insure a comfortable life style for himself.Kerry is a low down S*B who would sell the Jews in a minute to serve his own purposes.Israel would need to be insane to trust this dishonorable dog!

  2. With all the hatred and murder spewed by Assas and his Hamas associates, I hope a strong and sane right wing does get in – be it PM Netanyahu, or Jewish Home + +. I strongly hope Bogie Herzog does not get in, and that Tsipi Livni disappears into the woodwork. These days, right wing is sane, conservative, preservative.

  3. The election and all the opportunities for
    USA pressure on Israel at that time may
    just be too juicy an apple for SOS Kerry
    to resist….Israel must be Israel for Jews
    and their Friends, underscore friends, as
    Guests…..Hebrew IS the official and 1st
    language….I sincerely hope that the new
    (if so), PM is one tough on-of-a-gun..who will take no guff from pals but respond in
    a quick and final manner and not prolong
    a conflict thru a merciful war…no such
    thing….like pulling a tooth…get it over
    with fast….THEN the healing can begin….
    A healing MUCH longed for I truly believefrom throughout the world by
    true hearts

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