March 17, 2015

How Obama Can Lose in Israel's Election

By Ilan Goldenberg

When Israelis vote Tuesday, there is a very good chance that Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud-led governing coalition won't survive. You'd expect this to be good news for U.S. President Barack Obama, whose relationship with the prime minister has grown from chilly to hostile.

Not necessarily. Even though the main opposition -- the left-center Zionist Union coalition -- has pledged to improve relations with the U.S., its leaders share Netanyahu's reservations about the emerging Iran nuclear deal. Labor Party chief Isaac Herzog made his views on any Iran deal crystal-clear last week during a debate, when asked how his views differed from Netanyahu's: "There are no differences about the strategic threat."   

Read the full article at Bloomberg.

  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with ext...