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The Media Line: Israel’s New Government Could Cause a Rift With the US. Political Analysts Are Divided (VIDEO)

Israel’s New Government Could Cause a Rift With the US. Political Analysts Are Divided

Raft of new legislation proposed by the incoming coalition could also lead to turbulence with Jewish diaspora 

By Maya Margit/The Media Line 

Israel could be on a collision course with the United States as well the Jewish diaspora over a series of laws proposed by Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu’s new government. 

Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, announced last week that he had managed to form a majority coalition, establishing the country’s most right-wing government ever. The incoming government is set to be sworn in Thursday morning. 

Political analysts are divided over where they see the American-Israeli alliance headed as a result of expected policy changes. 

Citing US officials, a recent Politico report stated that President Joe Biden plans to hold Netanyahu wholly responsible for the actions of his more extreme coalition partners. 

“That is a kind of threat because basically it means: ‘Netanyahu, we’re watching your government,’” Professer Gayil Talshir, an author and a political scientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told The Media Line. “I think it’s a way to say that ‘we see that you have an extremist government, we see that you have partners that are nationalists, racist and anti-Arab in a way that Israel has never had. We are going to hold you accountable because you are the prime minister.’” 

Talshir believes that the Biden administration and the Netanyahu government are headed for an unavoidable clash over policies that Itamar Ben-Gvir, the leader of the far-right Otzma Yehudit party, and Bezalel Smotrich, who heads the Religious Zionist party, hope to implement in the West Bank. 



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