Lieberman endorses Netanyahu for Israeli premierThe "Lieberman" of the headline is Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of Israel's Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is Our Home) Party, which finished third in recent elections. The party takes a hard line towards Israel's Arab citizens and Palestinians.
By STEVEN GUTKIN, Associated Press Writer
Thu Feb 19, 2009
JERUSALEM – Benjamin Netanyahu won the endorsement Thursday of an anti-Arab politician who emerged from Israel's election as a kingmaker, virtually ensuring that the hawkish, U.S.-educated politician will once again become prime minister.
This was a very close election. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's Kadima Party finished second. Livni, who has indicated she will enter the opposition, favors a negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.
As previously stated, I am only a very casual follower of Israeli politics. I've visited Israel on biz and as a tourist several times, and have a handful of Israeli friends.
That said, I view Netanyahu's Likud Party as antithetical to a rational settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and a difficult U.S. partner.
Have a nice day.