Don’t read too much into the coalition guidelines

The world, carefully watching for signals from Jerusalem as to where the new government hopes to take the diplomatic process, will find no clue in the coalition guidelines presented to the Knesset on Wednesday.

The guidelines, similar to the coalition guidelines of the last two Netanyahu governments in 2009 and 2013, has a rather anemic clause stating that “the government will move the diplomatic process forward and strive for a peace agreement with the Palestinians and with all our neighbors, while preserving the security, historic, and national interests of Israel.”

If an agreement is reached, the guidelines continued, it will be brought to the cabinet and Knesset for approval, and if needed by law, to the people as well in the form of a referendum.


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