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    The real problem is Netanyahu himself. The fact is that neither Lieberman nor Netanyahu represent government policy. Government policy is determined by the government itself. It takes a vote and whichever position wins is the policy. Usually, if the Prime Minister loses on a critical policy issue, he may resign or change the coalition, as Ben-Gurion did a few times and Sharon did once. But Netanyahu is too cowardly. His solution is: Simply don't bring the policy issue to a vote. Netanyahu gave a speech at Bar Ilan University (June 2009) where he accepted the idea of an independent Palestinian state. But fearing disagreement even within Likud, Bibi did not bring this to a discussion in a Likud forum, nor to a vote within the government. The result: There is no official government policy with respect to Palestine. Lieberman takes advantage of this situation and pronounces his own policies. Of course, a decent minister would not have exposed the Israeli government to public ridicule, but the situation is truly ridiculous.

    from the article: It's over for Benjamin Netanyahu
    First published 02:10 29.12.10 | Last updated 02:10 29.12.10
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