Ralph, you seem to have an outsized view of Israel's position in the world. How much pressure do you really think that Israel can bring against the US, Russia, and the countries of Europe? Such a demand will be seen as further arrogance and an unwillingness to reach a solution. It will provide further strength to those that argue that a solution must be imposed. Barak has been elected, just as much as the Foreign Minister.
Ofir Akunis officially replaces Danny Danon as minister of science, technology, and space (Haaretz)
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