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    • 17.03.10 | 17:41 (IST)

    Netanyahu is not a strong leader. Rather, lacking solid convictions (although being a bully towards weaker people), he is unusually subject to acting under pressure. The question is now: Whose pressure would he feel more strongly, his Likud members or the US? In the past, Shamir could stand up to Jim Baker (who gave him the telephone number of the White House in case he was interested in peace). Yes, but Shamir fell in the following Israeli elections. The Israeli public understood where the policy was leading. My guess is that Netanyahu will give in. It might take a little more time, such as when the Labor party threatens to quit the coalition, or when the Quartet comes up with an anti-Israel declaration. Let's just wait and see how Netanyahu tries to arrange a soft landing for himself. He better not climb up too tall a tree.

    from the article: It's time for Netanyahu to say yes to Obama
    First published 04:00 17.03.10 | Last updated 21:34 17.03.10
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