Netanyahu cronies vow he will lead foreign policy

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will set the foreign policy of his new government and not Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, who opposes a Palestinian state, sources close to Netanyahu said on Saturday night.

Netanyahu has faced criticism for appointing the hawkish Hotovely rather than MKs Tzachi Hanegbi or Avi Dichter, who both are more moderate, back a Palestinian state and share Netanyahu’s views on foreign policy more so than Hotovely.

“The policies will be those of the prime minister as they would be had he appointed a foreign minister who was not himself,” said a source close to Netanyahu who was involved in the appointment process.


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