Likud source: Obama visit paves Yair Lapid's way into Israel's coalition
Netanyahu to meet with Yair Lapid on Thursday for Israeli coalition negotiations; Likud sources say that without Lapid in government, the peace process and universal service are no-go zones.
Figures in Likud complained on Wednesday that the expected visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to Israel next month, just days after the deadline for putting together the government, will impede Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition-wrangling efforts. One source even argued that Obama's visit, scheduled for late March, is so close on the heels of the Israeli election as to constitute "inappropriate...
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