"Seems to me that rather then a Netanyahu government planned insult to the Obama Administration, this is an example of the contradictory forces making up the Israeli government." - Darren This is a point I have considered. "Mr. Yishai is from a right wing, religious party bent on impressing it`s supporters with it`s tough stance on settlements, specifically when a US VP is visiting the Palestinians." - Darren And why has not Mr. Netanyahu asked for the resignation of Mr. Yishai whom he appointed? By retaining Yishai, Netanyahu has endorsed his actions.
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