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February 12, 2016 / 3 Adar I, 5776
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US Pressure on Building Freeze, PA State After Knesset Remix

Playing nice: Prime Minister Netanyahu shaking hands with PA President Abbas, under the supervision of Secretary of State Clinton in Washington, DC, September 2010.

Playing nice: Prime Minister Netanyahu shaking hands with PA President Abbas, under the supervision of Secretary of State Clinton in Washington, DC, September 2010.
Photo Credit: Moshe Milner/GPO/FLASH90

An Israeli source told Ha’aretz that Netanyahu’s envoy, attorney Isaac Molho, is planning to meet with Abbas in Ramallah next week, with the much anticipated response letter. So far, though, it doesn’t appear that the PM will be signaling anything beyond how committed his country is to resuming negotiations without preconditions.

But the writing may be on the wall, and the real losers may be Jewish settlers east of the security fence. A two-state solution would mean their uprooting, God forbid.

One reprieve may come from a most unexpected source: Kadima Council Chairman, MK Haim Ramon, who this week informed Shaul Mofaz he was quitting the party and starting his own Knesset faction. It is expected that several, perhaps as many as six Kadima MKs will defect to join Ramon in the opposition. This could trim Netanyahu’s coalition somewhat.

Another reprieve would come from Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who might decide that his best chances to hold on to his own voters would also be in quitting Netanyahu’s government.

Hillary can count, but some math can only be done in Hebrew…

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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