Po­lit­i­cal predica­ment for Ne­tanyahu

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ANSHEL PF­EF­FER

AS IF the wave of terror at­tacks is not bad enough, Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu also has to con­tend with grow­ing po­lit­i­cal iso­la­tion.

As the Knes­set be­gan its long win­ter ses­sion this week, cen­treleft op­po­si­tion lead­ers lined up to lam­bast him for fail­ing to cre­ate a diplo­matic sit­u­a­tion which would have al­lowed Is­rael to ne­go­ti­ate with the Pales­tini­ans.

At the same time, he is com- ing un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure to au­tho­rise much tougher mea­sures against the Pales­tini­ans from his col­leagues in Likud and the coali­tion, along with Avig­dor Lieber­man’s right-wing Yis­rael Beit­einu.

Mr Ne­tanyahu’s prob­lem is two-fold. Af­ter six and a half years he is now held re­spon­si­ble by the public as the main fig­ure in Is­rael re­spon­si­ble for the lack of se­cu­rity, es­pe­cially as he ran on an elec­tion plat­form promis­ing just that.

He had warned that un­der the lead­er­ship of his poll ri­vals — Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni — “Isis will get to Jerusalem” and “we will have to take an armoured car to get to the Western Wall”.

With his coali­tion’s ul­tra-thin ma­jor­ity, he is un­der con­stant threat of hav­ing to face the vot­ers again in the not too dis­tant fu­ture.

Mr Ne­tanyahu has so far re­sisted calls to change his over­all strat­egy, de­mand­ing that the Pales­tini­ans first re­turn to ne­go­ti­a­tions be­fore Is­rael makes any fur­ther con­ces­sions, while at the same time re­fus­ing de­mands from the right to build new set­tle­ments in re­sponse to the at­tacks.

It is be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly thin and lonely line to walk. news, beef up on self­de­fence or krav maga? As peo­ple bulk-buy pep­per spray and teach their kids to “scream and run”, we still get up as usual in the morn­ing. Wepack­lunches,we­go­towork and nurs­ery. But we fran­ti­cally scan the news all day at work, gasps echo­ing around the of­fice as news of more at­tacks come in, and we hurry home — afraid to be far from our lit­tle ones for too long. Danielle Bern­stein Mazor made aliyah from Lon­don in 2007

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