Netanyahu banking on key talks

June 12, 2009

Binyamin Netanyahu does not think any of his coalition parties will leave if his diplomatic policies shifted left in Sunday's address.

Sources close to the prime minister told the Jerusalem Post that the Right have “learned lessons” from toppling right-wing governments in the past. This included Netanyahu's first administration, which led to left-wing governments entering negotiations with the Palestinians and Syria.

Coalition partners gave him the impression that they understood the pressure he was under from US president Barack Obama and the need to maintain close ties ahead of key decisions that would have to be made regarding Iran.

Netanyahu is meeting the three Habayit Hayehudi MKs, the most right-wing faction in the coalition.

Regardless, he is expected to publicly call for Kadima to join the coalition after Sunday's speech at Bar-Ilan University, although he does not believe that leader Tzipi Livni would be willing to join the coalition, no matter what he says in his speech.

Last updated: 8:52am, June 12 2009