Shaked and Lieberman highlight how complicated Israeli politics can be. Both are security hawks in a relatively homogeneous right-wing coalition, but Lieberman has said he’d be willing to give up his home in a settlement if there’s a peace treaty, while Shaked, who lives in Tel Aviv, is of the don’t-give-up-an-inch camp.
And then there’s Netanyahu, stuck in the middle and waiting to hear from the White House what “hold back on settlements for a bit” really means. Whether he’ll be pushed to come down on one side or another to save his political skin before hearing back from Trump and company remains to be seen.
Lahav Harkov, the Senior Parliamentary Reporter and Analyst for the Jerusalem Post is a frequent commentator on Israeli and international television and radio programs. She lectures for audiences around the world on Israeli politics. Follow her on Twitter @LahavHarkov.
Image: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses reporters in 2016. Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Department of State