Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Netanyahu In Washington To Evaluate Trump's Intentions
The official visit of Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington, starting Tuesday, February 14, is of rare importance, both for his political destiny and that of his country.
A month after the inauguration, Netanyahu wants to better understand the line that Washington intends to follow in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the settlements in the West Bank, but also his vision of the regional balances and the Iranian power.
Netanyahu has not officially denied his 2009 BarIlan speech in which he said he was in favor of a demilitarized Palestinian state, recognizing Israel as a Jewish state but its actions since the 2015 elections are in favor of the settlers.
The head of government asserts that colonization is not an obstacle to peace and rejects responsibility for the current impasse on the Palestinian leadership. The religious national right would like it to bury the phrase "Palestinian state" and turn the page of the Oslo Accords (1993).
He remained mysterious about his intentions. On Sunday, the head of government condemned himself for the "prudent way" with which he had always moved in relations with the United States.
Confronted with investigations involving his probity and way of life, he could be targeted by a charge in the coming weeks, predicts the Israeli press.
In these conditions, he wants to use his closeness with the White House to loosen the grip imposed on him by the Jewish Home, the nationalist formation of Naftali Bennett, and the majority of his own party, the Likud.