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Political Pressure Mounts as Netanyahu Lands in Washington

Analysts weigh in on risks and highlights

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14 Feb 2017 (All day)
Political Pressure Mounts as Netanyahu Lands in Washington
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began his first full day of meetings with officials in the US after landing in Washington Tuesday morning, voices back in Jerusalem were demanding that he raise various issues during those meetings. Allies of his within the government, including a groups of MKs and activists, issued a statement calling on him to secure US President Donald Trump’s support for the idea of expanding construction in West Bank settlements, and even for outright annexation.

“This is a historic time, and if our Likud government does not handle it correctly, we will be crying for generations,” Shomron Regional Council head Yossi Dagan said. “We expect new settlements to be built for the first time in 26 years. We proved we are loyal to the prime minister but we demand that he be loyal to what he has been saying for years. We don’t need American permission to build anywhere, especially in Jerusalem. We expect you to return with good results for Israel and all the settlements.”

Here are two videos giving some analysis of issues related to PM Netanyahu’s visit to Washington



 

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