Hawks v. Doves

Netanyahu's Dilemma

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is stuck between the proverbial rock and hard place. The Obama administration's serious-sounding pursuit of a two-state solution and his own party's right-wing tendencies have left little from for Netanyahu to maneuver during the major policy speech he is expected to deliver in the coming days, the Associated Press reports. The outcome of the Iranian election may help him choose a path--if a moderate wins the Iranian presidency, the Iranian nuclear threat to Israel may appear diminished and Netanyahu's refusal to endorse a Palestinian state or call for a settlement freeze could become bigger news. Senior officials suggested that the prime minister would say the words "Palestinian state" during the speech. Netanyahu could also attempt to outflank Obama's demands by opening negotiations with Syria, or endorsing a two-state solution, but quietly continuing to expand settlements opposed by the White House.