May 08, 2015

Netanyahu Coalition Seen Keeping U.S.-Israel Relations Frosty

Featuring Ilan Goldenberg

Source: Bloomberg

Journalist David Lerman

Hours after a new Israeli government was formed, U.S. President Barack Obama issued an obligatory statement saying he “looks forward to working with” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his slender coalition of conservative parties.

Few analysts think Obama is really looking forward to another Netanyahu government, and many doubt that the two will be working together much.

Ties between the U.S. and its closest Middle East ally, already strained over negotiations to curb Iran’s nuclear program, are likely to remain frosty as Netanyahu works with more hard-line forces such as the Jewish Home party -- a religious faction committed to expanding West Bank settlements.

Read the full article in 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...