Analysis: Differentiating between a wave of pressure and a diplomatic tsunami

Five months ago, on December 2, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a press conference in his office announcing the firing of two of his top ministers: then justice minister Tzipi Livni and finance minister Yair Lapid.

As a result, early elections were called, and a transition government took over. That transition government has now been in charge for more than five months (that’s a quarter of the life of the government it replaced, which lasted just some 20 months).

Transition or caretaker governments are not ordinarily characterized by feverish diplomatic activity, and this one was no exception.


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