Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been trying to pull together the diverse elements of his own party before leaving for Washington and direct peace talks with the Palestinians.
His message was, having signed up to the negotiations under US pressure it had better be his party in charge.
“Only a government led by the Likud can bring Israel a peace agreement that will ensure security for its citizens for generations,” said Benjamin Netanyahu.
Many in Netanyahu’s government which is dominated by pro settler parties are pushing for a resumption of settlement construction after a freeze ends in September. But the premier knows that would be sure to derail things with the Palestinians who are threatening to pull out if the moratorium is not extended.