December 19, 2014

Israel Election 2015: Netanyahu Leverages European Censure For Domestic Political Support

Featuring Ilan Goldenberg

Source: International Business Times

Journalist Lora Moftah

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is going on the offensive following a recent wave of international diplomatic setbacks, including a stinging rebuke of Israel’s settlement policy from a conference of the Geneva Convention. With elections coming up, the leader is attempting to leverage the wave of international censure to rally domestic support, experts said. It is unclear, however, whether his decision to position himself against European powers will be an effective strategy in building support among Israeli voters.

Netanyahu has leveled some of his strongest criticisms against Europe in the aftermath of a string of decisions related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by various international organizations. A European Union court ordered Wednesday that the Palestinian militant group Hamas be removed from the bloc’s terror blacklist, prompting Netanyahu to express his outrage in vivid terms. "It seems that too many in Europe, on whose soil 6 million Jews were slaughtered, have learned nothing," he said, according to the Associated Press.

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  • 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...